Friday, May 29, 2009

Mariners Win Season Opener at Ipswich

The 2008 Postseason Champion Mariners defeated the 2008 Regular Season Champion Chiefs Monday night in the season opening game for both teams, 9-5.

In a back and forth battle throughout the game, the Chiefs took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the 5th inning on a towering 2 run homer from Dave Shoreman. In the top half of the 6th inning 1st baseman, Mike Cain, launched a 3 run homer for the Mariners to give them a lead that they would not surrender.

Ryan Marques picked up the victory with his 2 shutout innings in relief, while surrending 1 hit, and striking out 5. Steve Stout went the first 5 innings scattering 7 hits, with 2 k's and a walk. Dave Shoreman went 4 strong innings for the Chiefs giving up 4 hits, 4 runs, and striking out 5. Dave Doucette pitched the final 3 innings, giving up 5 runs (4 earned), striking out 3, but credited with the loss.

Cain (3 rbi, 2r) and Joe Orlando (2rbi, 2r)paced the Mariners with 2 hits each, and leadoff hitter Rory Gentile had 3 walks in 5 plate appearances. Rick Sotoropolous (3-4), Anthony Hernandez and Dave Shoreman led the Chiefs with multiple hits, while Shoreman and Dave Lane both contributed home runs.

The teams were to play in Essex on Wed 5/27, but have been rained out. The Mariners travel to Rockport on Sun 5/31, then play their next 4 games in Essex.