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Mariners' Fougner Throws No-Hitter
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Sunday, 15 June 2014 18:12

Mariners RHP Throw No-HitterVictoria Mariners RHP Chris Fougner threw a no-hitter on Sunday against the Okanagan Athletics. Fougner struck out 10 and walked only two batters in the 9 inning 2-1 win. [See game boxscore]

 
2013 Victoria Mariners Season Preview
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 16:50

The Victoria Mariners will enter the 2013 season with the memory of 2012’s finish still fresh in their heads. The 3rd ranked Mariners lost to a hungry Coquitlam Reds team in the 1st round of the PBL playoffs, leaving this year’s returning players determined to reach the PBL Final 4 tournament and see how their skills stack up against the league’s elite.

 

AROUND THE INFIELD:

The Mariners will once again run out arguably the league’s best infield. 3rd year Mariner and team captian, Morgan Varley will play 3B. Varley emerged as one the better players in the PBL last season and the coaching staff is hoping he can continue to drive in runs (30 RBI last season) at the pace he did in 2012. Varley will be the team’s 3 hole hitter this summer. The M’s will have a new SS for the 1st time since 2010. Chris Fougner takes over for Jesse Hodges who is currently in Spring Training with the Chicago Cubs. Fougner is a pure athlete capable of playing all positions on the field and excels in multiple sports. In 24 PBL games last season the left hand hitter hit .400, drove in 21 and swiped 15 bases. Fougner will be the team’s 2 hole hitter in 2013. Matt Wellington returns as the teams everyday 1B. Wellington hit in the middle of the order last year falling just shy of 110 AB’s as a sophomore. The M’s coaches expect him to have a breakout season in 2013 as the team’s 5 hole hitter. Mike Varley should see a lot time at 2nd Base this season. Although just a sophomore, Varley has impressed early in pre-season and was a key component in the JPBL M’s Championship run a year ago. Drayson Lum returns this season and will hit in the middle of the order as the teams main DH and will also see time at 1st and 2nd Base. Lum is counted on in many ways by Head Coach Mike Chewpoy. Aside from a strong Jr year in which he played 41 games and had 15 SB, his leadership is irreplaceable. The Mariners will also welcome Mitch Bryan in to the mix this season. A key member on the 2012 Jr M’s, Bryan can play all 4 infield positions, all 3 OF positions as well as pitch. His defensive abilities and ability to create offensive opportunities will get him into the M’s lineup this summer.

 

IN THE OUTFIELD: 

The Mariners will continue their tradition of speed at all 3 OF positions in 2013. Returning for his 3rd and final season will be Brendan Somers (El Paso JC, Texas). Somers possesses the rare combination of speed and power and will hit in the cleanup spot for the M’s. David Warren (Colby County College, Kansas) returns for his 2nd season in the PBL. With 17 SB’s last season and a solid .286 average, the coaching staff is expecting big things out of Warren as the clubs leadoff hitter. Jesse Mycock is expected to start the season as the clubs everyday CF. Although just a young sophomore, Mycock is easily one of the PBL’s fastest players and will be groomed this season to be the M’s leadoff hitter of the future. The Mariners will also have Lucas Piechnik in their OF mix this summer. Lucas is the son of world class Softball Pitcher, Mike Piechnik. With a strong arm and excellent speed, Piechnik will see plenty of time at all 3 OF spots as well as time on the mound this season.

 

BEHIND THE PLATE:

Evan Willow returns for his 2nd season and will be counted on to catch the majority of the Mariners games this summer. Willow caught 21 ball games in 2012 committing 0 errors. The coaching and pitching staffs have a lot of trust in Willow and look forward to watching him develop into one the league’s elite catchers in 2013. Matt Wellington, Chris Fougner and Morgan Varley will serve as Willow’s primary backups this season, with JR standout Dylan Werrun seeing time with the Premier squad this season as well.

 

ON THE MOUND:

RHP Colton Wood returns as the #1 starter for the Mariners. Wood looks to build off a 2012 season that included 2 impressive starts for Team BC at the Canada Cup, 2 shutouts in the PBL (including a No Hitter) and boasting an impressive .97 WHIP. While Wood will be counted on to lead the staff on and off the field, he will have some help. The addition of Senior RHP MacKenzie Catto gives the Mariners a deadly 1-2 starter combo. The 6’9 230 lb Catto is a hard thrower and is now refining his secondary pitches with M’s pitching coach Randy Holt. Expect to see Catto among the league leaders in wins this season. Rounding out the Mariners projected starting rotation will be returning Senior RHP Kaelin Norris-Jones and Junior RHP Nick Dawson. Both pitchers have excellent control and throw in the low 80’s. Above average secondary pitches will allow both to be very successful starters in the PBL. Coach Holt likes what he sees in the rest of the pitching staff as well. Dan Phillips, Jacob Barnard and Tanner Hess come to the senior M’s after helping the JR M’s to the League championship last season. All 3 will be counted on to keep games in line for M’s victories as well as see time as starters in prep for the 2014 season. Hess will also see time in the M’s OF and INF in 2013. Youngster, Chris Lata will be relied on to close out games for the 2013 Mariners. Lata has a plus arm and will be played in different roles. Do not be surprised to see Lata behind the plate, at 1B, on the hill or be the DH all in the same weekend.

 
2012 Mariners Season Outlook
Thursday, 19 April 2012 19:40
The Victoria Mariners enter the 2012 season with the hopes of remaining among the elite in the BCPBL. The Mariners return 12 players from 2011's team, and the coaching staff feels this year’s squad is up to the challenge of improving on last years Final Four finish.
 
AROUND THE INFIELD:
The Mariners will run out arguably the leagues best infield. SS Jesse Hodges (Junior National Team/ Grayson CC,Texas) and 2B Daryl Blaskovich (Marshalltown CC, Iowa) will be the M's double play combo for a third straight year. Both players have played huge roles since 2010 and 2012 will be no exception. Expect to see 3 hole hitter, Hodges knock in leadoff Blaskovich all summer long. Highly talented Morgan Varley will see the majority of time at 3B. Varley, an excellent bat handler, will hit out of the 2 hole this summer. Jesse Long will be the clubs 1B. Long is in his 3rd season with the M's organization. With the ability to play all 4 INF positions, Long should be one of the better defensive 1B's in the PBL. The Mariners will bring talented sophomore Matt Wellington (2011 Bantam BC Champion) and sure handed junior Drayson Lum into the infield mix this summer as well. Wellington plays both corners and carries a big bat that will get him regular time in the middle of the line-up. Lum possesses leadoff type quickness and will be counted on to swipe bases and give the senior middle players days off throughout the summer.
 
IN THE OUTFIELD:
Patrolling the Mariner outfield in 2012 will be returning CF, Matt Bryan (Treasure Valley, OR). Bryan is one of the better defenders in the PBL and has given pitchers a rough time in the early part of 2012. The M's are fortunate to have Bryans glove, speed and ability to hit for one more season. Joining Bryan and playing RF is Junior Brendan Somers. Somers had an impressive 2011 rookie campaign in which he hit .275 and reaching double digits in SB's. Somers should have a breakout year for the Mariners. 2nd year OF Nathan Donaldson will see the majority of time in LF. Donaldson gives the M's added speed in the outfield and on the base paths. Joining the M's OF in 2012 will in Junior Dave Warren and Senior Joel Podmoroff. Both Warren and Podmoroff have good speed and are tough outs at the plate. Podmoroff could also see time behind the plate this summer.
 
BEHIND THE PLATE:
Ty Russell (Marshalltown CC, Iowa) begins his final season with the Mariners as the clubs starting C and cleanup hitter. Russell has enjoyed success in his years in both the JPBL and PBL. Look for Russell to be a league leader in most offensive categories this season. Junior Evan Willow will be groomed to be the starting catcher next year and will see a lot of innings behind the plate. A big strong kid, Willow has the potential to not only be one of the better C's in 2013, but also one of the better hitters. The M's are also excited with prospect Brandon Ashford who will start the season as the Jr Mariners starting backstop. Ashford is a middle of the order type hitter, with excellent catching abilities.
 
ON THE MOUND:
RHP's Erik Phillips (Minot State U), Nathan McKinaly (Lon Morris CC,Texas) and sophomore Colton Wood have emerged as the top 3 weekend starters for the M's. Both Phillips and McKinlay were starters for last years club and will log significant innings this season. Wood could arguably be the best sophomore pitcher in the province by seasons end. As usual there will be stiff competition for the 4th spot in the rotation. Senior RHP Graeme Godfrey (Selects Camp invitee/U of Calgary) has given himself a chance to start in addition to his closing duties. Godfrey has a plus fastball and will see time in many roles for the M's. LHP's Riley Rebitt and Nick Gardler (Marshalltown CC, Iowa) have impressed early. Rebitt is in his 3rd year wit the M's and will see his share of starts this summer. Gardler, who has a submarine-sidearm approach, is extremely tough on LH hitters and will be used for lefty situations and will also see time in the rotation. Rounding out the staff is RHP Kaelin Norris-Jones. A converted catcher, Kaelin has an above average fastball and is working hard to develop off-speed pitches necessary to succeed at the PBL level. Kaelin's brother, Kelly is the starting C at the University of Illinois.
 
URGENT - Call to action: Let's help the Downey family
Thursday, 15 November 2012 22:09

One of our Mariner players, Zack Downey, was admitted into Childrens Hospital in Vancouver last Wednesday November 7th to undergo oncology testing. Zack and family are still there while they await a diagnosis from the medical staff. LVI and the entire Victoria Mariner baseball organization sends out their thoughts and prayers to Zack and family, and are crossing their fingers for a full and speedy recovery.

It is expected that the family will incur considerable costs over the coming days in terms of meals, travel, accomodation and other expenses. To help offset this, the Victoria Mariner baseball community will be setting up several fund raising activities.

First, at a player and family meeting at Oak Bay Rec on Nov 12, over $500 was collected by passing around a hat. That money, along with a signed BC JPBL Championship banner, a poster-sized signed photo of the players winning the provincial title, and several cards will be delivered to the Downeys in Vancouver this week. Thanks to all those that chipped in.

Second, this website will now accept PayPal donations, so families and supporters can make a deposit via credit card into a secure PayPal account. Any and all funds collected will be passed directly to the Downey family.  Please click on the Donate button (on the Mariners website) to make a donation via your credit card.

Next, a bottle drive has been organized for this Saturday, Nov. 17th starting at 10:00am at Lambrick Park lacrosse box/tennis courts. Please canvass your neighbourhoods, businesses, friends or family and bring along all your empty bottles and cans. We will sort them on the tennis courts during the morning and early afternoon. All monies collected will be given to the Downeys. We are working on a flyer that can be sent around in advance of the bottle drive. Once ready this will be emailed and posted on the Mariners site for downloading.

A trust fund is now set up for Zack. You can go into any Coast Capital Savings branch and make a donation. The fund name is Zack Downey and the member number (on the Mariners website).  Please help spread the word to others who may want to donate.

Several other ideas, such as toonie days at schools, a dance, and other events are being discussed. Again watch this site for more details.

Thanks very much for your support in this. If you would like to get involved or have other ideas on how we can help Zack and family, please contact Adrian Somers at adrian.somers@gmail.com or Don Bryan at dsmmbryan@shaw.ca

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Zack and family! Get well soon.
 
[See Mariners website for more information]

 
2011 Victoria Mariners Season Preview
Thursday, 28 April 2011 07:19
The Victoria Mariners enter the 2011 season with the hopes of remaining among the elite in the BCPBL. The Mariners only return 5 players from 2010's PBL Championship team, however the coaching staff feels this year’s squad is up to the challenge of defending the title.
 
AROUND THE INFIELD:
The M’s are fortunate to bring back one of the league’s best double play combo’s in SS Jesse Hodges (BC Selects Camp, Mizuno Camp invitee) and 2B Daryl Blaskovich (BC Selects Camp, PNC invitee). Both played big roles in last year’s championship run and will be counted on to lead this year’s team deep into the playoffs. Blaskovich emerged as one of the leagues better leadoff hitters last year and should only continue to ignite the offense with Hodges hitting behind him in the 2 hole. The M’s continue their tradition of having big bats at the corners with 3B Jalen Harris (Junior National Team) and 1B Cooper Skjeie (Western Canada Games Silver Medalist 2010) seeing the majority of the time. Both have impressed early and will be counted on to drive in a lot of Mariner runners throughout the summer. The M’s welcome highly touted Morgan Varley in to their INF this season. While just a sophomore Varley has an unlimited ceiling of talent and should be a Selects camp invitee this July. Newcomers Eric Beban (Western Canada Games Gold Medalist) and Jesse Long will also see time in the M’s infield in 2011. Long, coming off a successful JPBL season, will play the corners and log innings on the mound while Beban, a SS by trade, will be counted on to play all 4 infield positions
 
IN THE OUTFIELD:
The M's return 1 OF from last year’s team. Junior Matt Bryan will be the clubs everyday CF and if his progress from last season is any indication, look for Bryan to have a breakout season. Joining Bryan in the M’s OF will be Seniors Brendan Magee, Riko Van Der Mey and Jackson McCuaig. All 3 played big roles in The Victoria Mariners AAA Provincial and Western Canadian Championship runs while playing for Rocky Vitale and Chris Lubinich. The Mariners also have 2 promising youngsters that will be groomed to be the OF’s of the future. Sophomore Brendan Somers and Junior Nathan Donaldson will see a lot of time in the M’s OF this summer. Somers who has drawn comparisons to a young Michael Saunders, will see the majority of his time in LF while Donaldson, who brings much needed speed to a rebuilding OF, will play all 3 OF positions.
 
BEHIND THE PLATE:  Although the Mariners have 2 new faces behind the plate, the coaching and pitching staffs are impressed with what they have seen thus far. Ty Russell and Brandon Rossum, both JPBL grads, give the M’s a solid 1-2 punch at the catching position. Rossum, has continued to reach base as he did all of last season and has thrown out a lot of would-be base stealers. Russell, a LH hitter, was among the top 3 JPBL hitters all of last season and will hit in the middle of the M’s order.
 
ON THE MOUND:
This year’s staff features a lot of young talent. It will be a dog fight for the 4 weekend rotation spots but the pitching staff enjoys healthy competition. Michael Shaw is the staff’s ace this year. Shaw is in his 2nd season for the PBL Mariners. Last season Shaw came into his own earning a Selects Camp invite. Cole Holt joins Shaw to anchor the staff and is in his 2nd year for the Mariners. The hard throwing right hander was named the PBL Final Four MVP after blanking a talented North Delta Blue Jay squad in last season’s PBL Championship Game. Pitching Coach Randy Holt feels Shaw and Holt are one of the best 1-2 tandems in the league. Newcomers Erik Phillips and Nathan Mckinlay will more than likely round out the rotation. Both are Junior RHP’s that throw 3 pitches for strikes and are working towards being the M’s #1-2 starters next season. LHP Riley Rebitt joins the staff this year for his first full campaign with the Premier squad. Rebitt is an effective lefty that will be used in a starting role, short relief and specialty situations. The closers role has always come with big expectations from Coach Chewpoy, this season that role will be filled by promising RHP Graeme Godfrey. Godfrey is a hard throwing Junior that is no stranger to pressure situations and positions. When he is not on the hill, Godfrey will see time at 3B.
 
Victoria Baseball History Made in Texas – SAUNDERS VS HARDEN!
Friday, 01 October 2010 00:00

As far as historic moments in baseball history go, it will never make the top ten, let alone even the top one thousand, but a little bit of Victoria baseball history was made in the Major Leagues on Wednesday, Sept. 29, during the second inning of the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers game in Arlington, Texas.

Victoria native Michael Saunders (playing for Seattle) batted against Victoria native Rich Harden (pitching for Texas), marking the first time that two Victoria natives have faced each other in a regular season Major League game.

And while Saunders got the best of Harden in the confrontation, doubling on the second pitch he saw, and walking later in the game, Harden’s Texas team got the last laugh by beating the Mariners in a 6-5 walk-off victory to avoid being swept by the Mariners in the three game series.

 
Midget AAA Mariners (Team BC) Win Western Canadian Championship!!
Sunday, 22 August 2010 00:00
Team B.C. won the Gold in dramatic fashion today, defeating the host team Saskatoon Cubs 6-5 in 10 innings. After falling behind 4-1 on the strength of a pair of Cubs triples, the B.C. team from Victoria got a couple of runs of their own to make it 4-3. The Cubs added another run to take a 5-3 lead in to the bottom of the 7th inning, but B.C. was able to tie it up 5-5 with 2 outs on the board, stranding the winning run at 3rd. B.C. then had the winning run in scoring position in each of the 3 extra innings before finally scoring the winning run with 2 outs in the bottom of the 10th. Congratulations to the Victoria Mariners team and organization for a fine ending to an excellent season.
 
Victoria Mariners crowned 2010 BCPBL Champions!!!!
Sunday, 01 August 2010 00:00

Led by an outstanding 1 hit pitching performance by Cole Holt, the Premier Mariners today won the BC Premier Baseball League Championship title with a 5-0 victory over the North Delta Blue Jays.  The Mariners jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back, cruising to their first BCPBL title since 2004. Catcher Connor Moughtin continued to have a hot bat in this one, and led the M's offensively with a 3 for 3 day at the plate.  3B Scott Jones and SS Jesse Hodges chipped in with 2 singles each.

With the win Holt earned tournament MVP honours. Congratulations go out to the coaching staff and players for a very successful season. A big thanks goes out to the Vancouver Canadians and the PBL staff for hosting a well run and enjoyable tournament at Nat Bailey stadium.