Mariners Are Playoff-bound

Grand Lake Mariners Tyler Schmidt makes contact with the ball in a game against Irish Hills late last week.
Staff Writer

The formula for the Grand Lake Mariners was a simple one — to, in the words of Al Davis, former owner of the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, “Just win baby!”

A win and they would be in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League playoffs. 

They were playing the last-place team in their division, the Galion Graders, but they knew nothing was a given in this league. 

For a while they had a chance of slipping in even with a loss, but that disappeared when the North Division rival Irish Hills Leprechauns (22-20) notched a win earlier in the day to pull them within a half game of the Mariners. 

A Grand Lake loss would mean the two teams would end up tied in the standings and the Leprechauns would secure the playoff berth based on the teams’ head-to-head performance (the Mariners were 0-6 against them). 

So they knew they needed to win. And they went out and did just that, with a 6-4 win over the Graders at Montgomery Field.  

With the win, the Mariners will host Licking County at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday at Montgomer Field.

Read the full story in Monday's The Evening Leader edition.