Dolence’s grand slam helps Mariners split

by Lake County Leader
| July 8, 2020 10:24 AM

The Mission Valley Mariners A team split games with both the Kalispell Lakers and the Bitterroot Sox last week.

After dropping the first game against the Sox Monday night, the Mariners rebounded to take a 15-3 victory over Hamilton. In the bottom of the second inning, Eric Dolence’s grand slam put Mission Valley up 7-3 early on. Dolence scored four runs, two hits and seven RBIs in the game.

The Mariners followed the high scoring second inning by scoring four runs in each of the next two innings, while holding the Sox scoreless for the remainder of the game.

On Wednesday July 1, Mission Valley hosted the Kalispell Lakers for two closely matched games. In the first game the Mariners had a difficult time hitting against pitcher Max Holden. Mission Valley was held scoreless in the game, losing 4-0.

For the second game of the evening, the teams were neck and neck for most of the game. The Mariners had a huge sixth inning, scoring five runs to put them on top of the Lakers, 7-2.

The Mariners are now 11-11 overall, and 5-7 in conference play for the season.

Coming up the Mission Valley Mariners B team will play in a tournament in Kalispell over the weekend and Tuesday, July 14 the A team hosts Libby for a home game.

MVA Mariners 15, Root Sox 3

Mariners (5-7, 11-11)

Bitterroot 120 00 – 3 6 1

Mssn Vlly 254 4x – 15 10 0

Mitch Spinetta, (2) Bridger Huxtable, (4) Tristan Lewis and Paul Brennaman, Spinetta. Eric Dolence (4K,1W) and Espn Fisher. WP – Dolence ().

BITTERROOT RED SOX – Aaron Springer 0-3, Tyler Davis 1-2, Mitch Spinetta 1-3, Dillon Pilkerton 1-2, Tim Hickey 1-2, Brenneman 0-1, Huxtable 0-1, Esten Pierce 1-2, Mack Wright 1-2, Zack Pintok 0-2.

MISSION VALLEY A MARINERS – Alex Muzquiz 1-1, Xavier Fisher 1-3, Dolence 2-2, Keyan Dalbey 1-2, Dawson Dumont 1-3, E.Fisher 1-2, Trevor Lake 1-3, McCauley 0-1, D.Davis 2-2.

HR – Dolence. 2B – Dalbey. RBIs – T.Davis, Pilkerton; X.Fisher, Dolence 7, Dalbey 2, Dumont, E.Fisher 2, T.Lake. BB – T.Davis; Dumont, Dalbey 2, Muzquiz, McCauley 2, Dolence 2. HB – E.Fisher 2, X.Fisher, Muzquiz 2, D.Davis, T.Lake. SB – Dolence. DP – 1-6-3(Dolence, X.Fisher, T.Lake). GIDP – (t1)Brennaman. (M06Jul20gm2)

Bitterroot Sox 17, MVA Mariners 13

Bitterroot 100 862 0 – 17 12 2

Mssn Vlly 010 741 0 – 13 11 6

Austin Gray, (4) Mack Wright and Paul Brennaman. Dylan Davis (3.67IP: 3K,6H,6W), (4) Ethan McCauley, (5) James Bennett (1.67IP:1K,2H,3W), (7) Trevor Lake (1H) and Espn Fisher.

BITTERROOT RED SOX – Brenneman 0-5, Dillon Pilkerton 1-4, Mitch Spinetta 2-3, Aaron Springer 1-3, Tim Hickey 1-4, Bridger Huxtable 1-2, Esten Pierce 3-4, Tyler Jones 1-3, Tyler Davis 1-2, Tristan Lewis 1-5.

MISSION VALLEY A MARINERS – Alex Muzquiz 2-4, Xavier Fisher 2-4, Eric Dolence 2-4, Keyan Dalbey 0-2, Bennett 0-2, Dawson Dumont 2-2, E.Fisher 1-4, T.Lake 0-3, McCauley 2-4, D.Davis 0-2.

3B – T.Davis; Dumont. 2B – Lewis; Muzquiz, Dolence. RBIs – Spinetta, Springer 2, Hickey, Huxtable 2, Pierce 2, Jones, T.Davis 3, Lewis 2; Muzquiz, X.Fisher 3, Dolence 3, Dalbey, Dumont 4, T.Lake. BB – Spinetta 2, Pilkerton, Pierce, Hickey, Brennaman, Huxtable 3, Springer 2; Dumont 2, Dalbey, Muzquiz, D.Davis 2, Dolence, T.Lake.

HB – Dumont, E.Fisher, X.Fisher. ROE – Brennaman, Pilkerton, Lewis, T.Davis; T.Lake. FC – Jones, Brennaman; Muzquiz. SB – Pilkerton, T.Davis; Dumont, X.Fisher, Dolence. (M06Jul20gm1)

MVA Mariners 7, A Lakers 2

MVA Mariners (4-6, 10-10), Lakers (4-8, 11-12)

Kalispell 000 200 0 – 2 9 4

Mssn Vlly 002 005 x – 7 7 0

Joe Schlegel, (6) Charlie Hinchey and Grady Drish. Xavier Fisher (5K), (7) Eric Dolence (2K) and Espn Fisher.

KALISPELL A LAKERS – Schlegel 2-3, Drish 2-4, Caleb Morgan 1-4, Carver Van Aken 2-3, Hinchey 1-3, Ayden Driear 1-2.

MISSION VALLEY A MARINERS – Alex Muzquiz 0-3, X.Fisher 1-3, Eric Dolence 0-4, Keyan Dalbey 1-3, Dawson Dumont 1-4, E.Fisher 1-3, Trevor Lake 2-3, Ethan McCauley 1-2, Dylan Davis 0-3.

2B – Hinchey, Van Aken; McCauley. RBIs – Hinchey, Driear; X.Fisher, T.Lake, McCauley 2, Davis. SF – X.Fisher. BB – Muzquiz, McCauley. HB – Schlegel; Dalbey. ROE – X.Fisher, Dolence, E.Fisher, Davis. FC – Owens, Holden; Dolence, Davis. SB – Drish. (W01Jul20gm2)

KLGC variants - K: 7H,6E/MV:2E

A Lakers 4, MVA Mariners 0

Kalispell 001 003 0 – 4 7 3

Mssn Vlly 000 000 0 – 0 4 3

Max Holden and Grady Drish. Alex Muzquiz (1K,3W,2A), (7) Ethan McCauley (0H,1A) and Espn Fisher.

KALISPELL A LAKERS – Joe Schlegel 1-4, Drish 2-3, Elijah Owens 1-3, Gabe LaCroix 1-3, Carver Van Aken 1-3, Ayden Driear 1-3.

MISSION VALLEY A MARINERS – Alex Muzquiz 1-3, X.Fisher 0-3, Eric Dolence 0-3, Keyan Dalbey 0-3, Dawson Dumont 1-3, E.Fisher 1-3, Trevor Lake 0-2, Ethan McCauley 0-2, Dylan Davis 1-3.

RBIs – Drish, Van Aken. SH – Devon Wallack, Drish, Owens; McCauley. BB – Hinchey, Wallack 2; T.Lake. ROE – Morgan 2; Muzquiz, Dalbey, T.Lake. FC – McCauley. SB – Van Aken, Morgan; Muzquiz 2. CS – LaCroix, Wallack; T.Lake. (W01Jul20gm1)

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Xavier Fisher makes contact with the ball during a game against the Kalispell Lakers on July 1. (Whitney England/Lake County Leader)

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Alex Muzquiz pitches in a game against the Kalispell Lakers on July 1. (Whitney England/Lake County Leader)