April 9, 2012
CL Game 1
Mariners (Cavanaugh Funeral Home) 7
In the season opener, the Mariners defeated the Diamondbacks, 7-6. The Mariners jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the third. The game was 6-4 heading into the sixth. The Diamondbacks scored two to tie the game. In the bottom of the sixth, Jeremy Cohen tripled to drive in the winning run.
For the Diamondbacks: At the plate, Kelton Brunner (game-tying, two-run HR in the top of the sixth; three RBI; two runs scored), Luke Mersch (two-run double, run scored), Nicholas Corritore (triple, two runs scored) and Jake McDowell tallied two hits apiece, while Brunner, Joey Cornacchia and Milan Hortua all made exceptional plays in the field.
After trailing, 5-0, the D'backs rallied for four runs with two outs in the top of the fourth to cut it to 5-4. In that inning, after the first two batters got out, Corritore, Brunner, Cornacchia, Mersch, McDowell and Nico Villalobos strung together six straight hits, including a triple by Corritore, a double by Cornacchia and a two-run double by Mersch.
In the top of the fifth, Hortua, Blayke Reid and Dylan LeBuhn got three consecutive hits to load the bases with nobody out, but the Mariners got out of the jam without giving up a run.
After the Mariners added a run to make it 6-4, the Diamondbacks went into the top of the sixth needing two runs to tie. With one out, Corritore got a clutch hit, and then Brunner crushed a two-run homer to tie the game at 6-6.
The Mariners scored in the bottom of the sixth to win the game.
Overall, it was a good game by both teams.