CELINA — Trevor Kill and the Grand Lake Mariners both finished the season on quite an upswing.
The Grand Lake Mariners ended their 2012 campaign on an upswing, taking two from the Southern Ohio Copperheads, 4-3 in 11 innnings and 9-8, on Sunday at Jim Hoess Field in Celina.
Grand Lake finished the season winning seven of its eight final games for a 15-23 record. The outscored opponents 61-35 in final eight games, after being outscored 212-145 in the first 30 games of the season.
Taylor Jordan’s single in the bottom of the 11th delivered the win for Grand Lake in the opener, while Trevor Kill had a hand in the win on both the mound and in the batter’s box.
Kill, a St. Marys Memorial grad and Southeast Missouri State pitcher, worked four and two-third innings of scoreless relief in the first game. He gave up just one hit and struck out seven to get the win in relief of starter Tim Faix. In the second game, he singled in two runs in the fifth inning that proved to be the difference.
The Mariners’ Kill drove in two game-winning runs with a single in the fifth inning of the second game, just a few hours after earning the win on the mound in the first game of the doubleheader.
Kill ended his summer withe Mariners with a 2-2 record and a 4.11 earned run average. He struck out 12 and walked four. Kill did not give up an earned run in his final six appearances that covered nine innings.
Southern Ohio scored three runs in the top of the seventh to force extra innings after the Mariners’ Cody Meyer, Michael Timm and Jacob Reese all drove in runs to stake Grand Lake to a 3-0 lead.
Reese finished the first game 5 for 6.
Zack Edel drove in four runs and a committee of five Mariner pitchers held off the Southern Ohio bats to lead Grand Lake to a doubleheader sweep with the 9-7 win.
Edel singled home a run in the bottom of the second and then cleared the bases with a three-run triple as part of a five-run bottom of the third as the Mariners built a 7-2 lead.