Bats helping Glacier Peak to lead in league standings | BaseballGrizzlies riding high with a six-game winning streak
The Glacier Peak bats are feasting on the opposition pitching.
The Grizzlies extended their winning streak to six games with strong offensive performances against Mariner and Kamiak.
Glacier Peak (6-1 in the league, 9-3 overall) pounded out 11 hits and took advantage of five errors to defeat Mariner 8-4 in a Wesco 4A baseball game Thursday, April 13, at Mariner High School.
The Grizzlies, who currently are in first place, then strung together 15 hits in an 11-1 romp over the Marauders on Friday, April 14, at Glacier Peak High School. The Grizzlies belted 12 hits to beat Kamiak 14-3 on Tuesday, April 18, at Kamiak High School.
The contributions come from up and down the lineup and from different players.
“We have a lot of seniors,” Glacier Peak coach Bob Blair said after the April 13 victory over the Marauders. “So we’re trying to get as many guys to play as we can. We’re trying to feel out our lineup. We still have a few spots to fill in.”
Senior centerfielder Ethan Smith was 4-for-5 with three RBI in the first Mariner contest. Teammates Ryan Ober and Luke Wyatt each drove in two runs.
“I was seeing the ball well,” Smith said. “I saw a lot of motivation from the last game. We didn’t play so well the last game. I think we just decided to play a lot harder with more energy. I think overall we just played better as a team with better at-bats.”
Two days earlier, Glacier Peak edged Cascade 2-1 for what was its third straight victory.
In the 11-1 win over Mariner, Smith went 3-for-4 with a triple and Colton Bunt was 2-for-2 with a home run. Riley Parker also hit a home run and Devin Kamihara was 3-for-3. Smith had a home run and a triple to lead the Grizzlies past the Knights.
Smith likes that there is competition between the Grizzlies for starting spots.
“Everyone is fighting for a position,” he said. “It’s good to see.”
The Grizzlies pitching staff also has performed well. Skyler Kelly and Riley Parker combined to shut down Mariner in the opener of the series.
“We’re don’t have dominant pitching like a lot of other programs, but we do have guys who’ll throw strikes,” Blair said. “That’s all we ask for. We’ll score some runs and just see what happens.”
Kazuki Kodama, Austin Desroche, Justin Jones, Ian Haigh and Kelly all pitched in the subsequent wins over Mariner and Kamiak.
The Grizzlies close out the rest of the regular season against the three teams chasing in them in the standings – Mount Vernon, Lake Stevens and Monroe.
“We’ve got the big part of our season coming up,” Blair said.