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MARINERS WIN IN 13

PRINCETON — Just after 7 p.m. Tuesday evening, a near-capacity crowd watched as the Pulaski Mariners took the field for the first time in history. Nearly five hours later, a handful of those same fans remained to see the Mariners walk off the field in victory as they defeated the Princeton Rays 6-5 in 13 innings.
A leadoff triple in the top of the 13th by Pulaski right fielder Jose Rivero, followed by a run-scoring single by catcher Juan Fuentes, broke a tie between the two teams that had been in place since the bottom of the ninth inning. Mariner reliever Nick Czyz (1-0) shut Princeton down in the bottom of the 13th to clinch the hard-fought win for Pulaski.
The contest started as a pitcher’s duel between the two teams as Princeton starting pitcher Matt Moore struck out six of the first nine batters he faced. Not to be outdone, Pulaski starter Fabian Williamson fanned three in the first, stranding a Rays runner on third.
The Mariners started the scoring off in the top of the fourth when third baseman Mario Martinez opened up the inning with a triple. Martinez scored when first baseman Kris Sanchez singled to right. After a Rivero strikeout, catcher Fuentes reached first on an infield single, moving Sanchez to second. Princeton then replaced their starting pitcher Moore with Angel Chapa, despite the fact that Moore struck out nine Mariners in 3 1/3 innings of work.
With runners on first and second and one out, second baseman Blake Trinkler doubled to center, driving in Sanchez and moving Fuentes to third. Shortstop Anthony Phillips reached first on a fielder’s choice when Princeton shortstop Diogenes Luis attempted to throw Trinkler out at third, allowing Fuentes to score. During the next at-bat, Phillips was caught leading off of first base and was caught in a rundown. While Phillips was eventually tagged out between first and second, the rundown allowed Trinkler to score from third, putting Pulaski up 4-0.
After walks to centerfielder Dwight Britton and designated hitter Guy Welsh, Chapa was able to stop the bleeding for the Rays when he struck out left fielder Kalian Sams to strand the runners.
After allowing a run to score in the third inning, the bottom of the fourth saw Pulaski avoid even further danger as starter Williamson allowed two straight singles and a walk to load the bases full of Rays with nobody out.
Minimal damage was done to the Mariners when Rays third baseman Burt Reynolds singled to center, scoring Ramon Novas from third with the inning ending with the Mariners on top, 4-2.
Solid pitching continued for both teams until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Tom Johannesen-Ellis replaced Williamson on the mound. Johannesen-Ellis got off to a good start as he struck out Jones, but the tide quickly turned when he allowed a Justin Reynolds triple on a deep fly to right. Luis hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Reynolds and cut the Princeton deficit to one. After an Otero walk, Burt Reynolds singled to center to put Rays on the corners with two out. Princeton first baseman Eli Sonoqui then hit a deep infield single up the middle that allowed Otero to score from third to tie the game, and move Reynolds to second. Mayobanex Acosta then walked to load the bases full of Rays, but Johannesen-Ellis was able to get out of the jam when he struck out Dustin Biell swinging. Going into the top of the seventh inning, the game remained tied at four apiece.
The Mariners got back on the board in the top of the eighth inning when Rivero doubled off of Rays reliever Julio Puentes with two out. Fuentes and Trinkler each reached on back-to-back walks to load the bases for Phillips. Puentes subsequently walked Phillips to allow Rivero to score from third, putting the Mariners up by one.
Pulaski took their 5-4 lead into the bottom of the ninth when the Rays were able to capitalize on some sloppy fielding and poor decision making on the part of the Mariners. Phillip Roy, who came on in relief of Johannesen-Ellis in the bottom of the seventh, was able to get the first out of the inning when Novas flied out to center. Roy couldn’t keep the momentum going as he walked Jones and allowed him to take second base on a wild pitch to Justin Reynolds. Fuentes attempted to nail Jones at second after fielding the pitch, but his throw went into center, allowing Jones to advance to third base with one out. Reynolds then reached first when his grounder to second baseman Trinkler was misplayed, allowing Jones to score from third and tie the game. Jeff Dunbar came on in relief of Roy and was able to get out of the inning on two straight ground balls, stranding the winning run at second base. The game remained tied at 5-5 as the teams prepared for extra innings.
The Mariners were finally able to take the lead for good in the top of the 13th inning. Matthew Long came on in relief for Princeton and was met with a Rivero triple to center to start off the inning. Rivero quickly scored the go-ahead run on a Fuentes single to left. After two quick strikeouts and a fly out to left to end the inning and the threat of more Pulaski runs, the Mariners prepared to take the field to defend their 6-5 lead in the bottom of the 13th.
Mariner reliever Nick Czyz, who came on in relief of Dunbar in the 12th inning, started off the inning a little rough as he allowed Biell to reach on a bunt single. Czyz calmed down, however, as he struck out Novas looking for the first out. Biell was then picked off of first for the second out, killing any scoring threat that Princeton may have been mustering. Jones then struck out looking to finally end the contest with the Mariners on top 6-5.
Czyz clinched the win for Pulaski, throwing two innings of relief, allowing two hits and striking out two Rays batters. Matt Long took the loss for the Rays as he allowed one run on two hits in his only inning of relief.
The Mariners were lead by Phillips, who went 0-for-6, yet knocked in two runs. Rivero finished a homerun shy of hitting for the cycle as hit went 3-for-6, with a single, double, triple, and two runs scored. Sanchez, Fuentes, and Trinkler each knocked in one run apiece for Pulaski. Starting pitcher Williamson pitched a solid game for the Mariners, yet was left with a no-decision.
The Mariners and Rays take the field again tonight at Hunnicutt Field in Princeton. Gates open at 6 p.m. with first pitch at 7 p.m.

MARINERS WIN IN 13

PRINCETON — Just after 7 p.m. Tuesday evening, a near-capacity crowd watched as the Pulaski Mariners took the field for the first time in history. Nearly five hours later, a handful of those same fans remained to see the Mariners walk off the field in victory as they defeated the Princeton Rays 6-5 in 13 innings.
A leadoff triple in the top of the 13th by Pulaski right fielder Jose Rivero, followed by a run-scoring single by catcher Juan Fuentes, broke a tie between the two teams that had been in place since the bottom of the ninth inning. Mariner reliever Nick Czyz (1-0) shut Princeton down in the bottom of the 13th to clinch the hard-fought win for Pulaski.
The contest started as a pitcher’s duel between the two teams as Princeton starting pitcher Matt Moore struck out six of the first nine batters he faced. Not to be outdone, Pulaski starter Fabian Williamson fanned three in the first, stranding a Rays runner on third.
The Mariners started the scoring off in the top of the fourth when third baseman Mario Martinez opened up the inning with a triple. Martinez scored when first baseman Kris Sanchez singled to right. After a Rivero strikeout, catcher Fuentes reached first on an infield single, moving Sanchez to second. Princeton then replaced their starting pitcher Moore with Angel Chapa, despite the fact that Moore struck out nine Mariners in 3 1/3 innings of work.
With runners on first and second and one out, second baseman Blake Trinkler doubled to center, driving in Sanchez and moving Fuentes to third. Shortstop Anthony Phillips reached first on a fielder’s choice when Princeton shortstop Diogenes Luis attempted to throw Trinkler out at third, allowing Fuentes to score. During the next at-bat, Phillips was caught leading off of first base and was caught in a rundown. While Phillips was eventually tagged out between first and second, the rundown allowed Trinkler to score from third, putting Pulaski up 4-0.
After walks to centerfielder Dwight Britton and designated hitter Guy Welsh, Chapa was able to stop the bleeding for the Rays when he struck out left fielder Kalian Sams to strand the runners.
After allowing a run to score in the third inning, the bottom of the fourth saw Pulaski avoid even further danger as starter Williamson allowed two straight singles and a walk to load the bases full of Rays with nobody out.
Minimal damage was done to the Mariners when Rays third baseman Burt Reynolds singled to center, scoring Ramon Novas from third with the inning ending with the Mariners on top, 4-2.
Solid pitching continued for both teams until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Tom Johannesen-Ellis replaced Williamson on the mound. Johannesen-Ellis got off to a good start as he struck out Jones, but the tide quickly turned when he allowed a Justin Reynolds triple on a deep fly to right. Luis hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Reynolds and cut the Princeton deficit to one. After an Otero walk, Burt Reynolds singled to center to put Rays on the corners with two out. Princeton first baseman Eli Sonoqui then hit a deep infield single up the middle that allowed Otero to score from third to tie the game, and move Reynolds to second. Mayobanex Acosta then walked to load the bases full of Rays, but Johannesen-Ellis was able to get out of the jam when he struck out Dustin Biell swinging. Going into the top of the seventh inning, the game remained tied at four apiece.
The Mariners got back on the board in the top of the eighth inning when Rivero doubled off of Rays reliever Julio Puentes with two out. Fuentes and Trinkler each reached on back-to-back walks to load the bases for Phillips. Puentes subsequently walked Phillips to allow Rivero to score from third, putting the Mariners up by one.
Pulaski took their 5-4 lead into the bottom of the ninth when the Rays were able to capitalize on some sloppy fielding and poor decision making on the part of the Mariners. Phillip Roy, who came on in relief of Johannesen-Ellis in the bottom of the seventh, was able to get the first out of the inning when Novas flied out to center. Roy couldn’t keep the momentum going as he walked Jones and allowed him to take second base on a wild pitch to Justin Reynolds. Fuentes attempted to nail Jones at second after fielding the pitch, but his throw went into center, allowing Jones to advance to third base with one out. Reynolds then reached first when his grounder to second baseman Trinkler was misplayed, allowing Jones to score from third and tie the game. Jeff Dunbar came on in relief of Roy and was able to get out of the inning on two straight ground balls, stranding the winning run at second base. The game remained tied at 5-5 as the teams prepared for extra innings.
The Mariners were finally able to take the lead for good in the top of the 13th inning. Matthew Long came on in relief for Princeton and was met with a Rivero triple to center to start off the inning. Rivero quickly scored the go-ahead run on a Fuentes single to left. After two quick strikeouts and a fly out to left to end the inning and the threat of more Pulaski runs, the Mariners prepared to take the field to defend their 6-5 lead in the bottom of the 13th.
Mariner reliever Nick Czyz, who came on in relief of Dunbar in the 12th inning, started off the inning a little rough as he allowed Biell to reach on a bunt single. Czyz calmed down, however, as he struck out Novas looking for the first out. Biell was then picked off of first for the second out, killing any scoring threat that Princeton may have been mustering. Jones then struck out looking to finally end the contest with the Mariners on top 6-5.
Czyz clinched the win for Pulaski, throwing two innings of relief, allowing two hits and striking out two Rays batters. Matt Long took the loss for the Rays as he allowed one run on two hits in his only inning of relief.
The Mariners were lead by Phillips, who went 0-for-6, yet knocked in two runs. Rivero finished a homerun shy of hitting for the cycle as hit went 3-for-6, with a single, double, triple, and two runs scored. Sanchez, Fuentes, and Trinkler each knocked in one run apiece for Pulaski. Starting pitcher Williamson pitched a solid game for the Mariners, yet was left with a no-decision.
The Mariners and Rays take the field again tonight at Hunnicutt Field in Princeton. Gates open at 6 p.m. with first pitch at 7 p.m.