Another Game, Another Comeback Win For the Mariners

Grand Lake's Tyler Paulsen slapped a solo home run to left-center field in the fourth inning against Lima on Sunday.
Sports Editor

Another game, another come-from-behind win for the Grand Lake Mariners on Sunday.
And this was a big one.

Against the first-place Lima Locos of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League North Division, the Mariners rallied from three runs down, mustering just three hits through five innings, to claim just their third win in their last nine games, yet remain in second place in the standings.

After tying the game in the seventh inning at 5-5, Grand Lake catcher Nik Zouras led the bottom half of the eighth frame with a single. Tyler Schmidt then pushed Zouras over to second with a sac bunt to set the stage for Justin Mercer.

Last season’s holdover for the Mariners, Mercer tight-roped the ball down the third base line, just out of the diving glove of Kevin Woodall to plate Zouras for the go-ahead run.

In the ninth, closer Nick Newton came on and ran into a jam in a hurry.

Lima’s Matt Smithwick led off with a bloop single to center and advanced to second on a sac bunt by Daino Deas.
Findlay native Ross Adolph belted a hit to right field, but not deep enough to send Smithwick. With two on the corners and just one out, Newton got David Chabut to strikeout to bring Jeremy Johnson to the plate.

The Georgia native and Lima leadoff hitter had a perfect 5-for-5 night, cashing in two runs and scoring a run, a perfect receipt for someone who can drive the tying run home.

And he almost did.

On a 1-1 count, Johnson smashed the ball to the opposite field in right, just in front of the fence at the warning track as Noah Sadler corralled the ball for the final out.

The win on Sunday was a big one for the Mariners, who remain in second place with Irish Hills winning on Sunday by half a game.

Grand Lake is now 3-1 against Lima this season.