Catcher accounts for five runs in decisive 10-run fifth as Mariner defeats Arlington

ARLINGTON – Mariner catcher Braden Degamo decisively altered what had been a 1-1 deadlock, exploding for five runs in a 10-run fifth inning that saw him blast a three-run home run and add a two-run double.

“He blew the game open,” Arlington head coach Jason Klein lamented afterwards.

Klein also pointed to an Arlington defensive lapse that led to his inserting two relief pitchers and a relief catcher during and after the disastrous fifth inning.

“Our pitchers had nine walks, and we had the five errors. You can’t do that,” Klein said.

The contest was the season opener both teams.

At Arlington



Kruse, Weable (5) and Degamo. Brown, Clark (5), Wells (6) and Luckie, Spear (6). WP-Kruse (1-0). LP-Brown (0-1). 2B-Degamo (M), Brown (A). HR-Degamo (M), Soughey (A). Records-Mariner 0-0 league, 1-0 overall. Arlington 0-0, 0-1.

Lakewood 5, Meridian 2: Senior left fielder Jacob Bruns drove in the go-ahead runs for Lakewood with a bases-loaded double in the fourth inning as the Cougars won the non-conference game. Senior Tracy Wammack cushioned Lakewood’s lead in the seventh with an RBI double.

At Meridian



Herman, Norris (4), Slesk (7) and Tiffany. Thomas, Kon (4), Bry (7) and Wammack. WP-Kon (1-0). LP-Norris (0-1). 2B- Bruns (L), Wammack (L), Tiffany (M). HR-Black (M). Records-Meridian 0-1. Lakewood 1-0.

Newport 3, Meadowdale 1: Newport scored three unearned runs to beat Meadowdale in a non-conference game. Rick Denham batted 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead Meadowdale.

At Bellevue



Balke, Denham (5) and Bowling. D. Hagensen, McDonald (5), Wolfe (5) and Hasty. WP-Hagensen (1-0). LP-Balke (0-1). 2B-Kakaley (N), Griffin (N). Records-Meadowdale 0-1 overall. Newport 1-0.

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