Marlins looking sharp en route to the playoffs



Port Aransas High School Marlins player Davis Spivey is on base during a home game against Kenedy on Friday, April 22. Photo by Michelle Parker

Port Aransas High School Marlins player Davis Spivey is on base during a home game against Kenedy on Friday, April 22. Photo by Michelle Parker

Going into the playoffs with good performances at your most recent few games is always a good thing.

That’s where the Port Aransas High School Marlins baseball team finds itself right now.

The Marlins beat Woodsboro, 7-1, on Tuesday, April 19. Three days later, the Port Aransas boys fell to Kenedy, 6-7, but they had plenty to be proud of, playing well against a team that finished first in district play.

Woodsboro

Davis Spivey of the Marlins was sharp on the pitcher’s mound, notching eight strike-outs and giving up no earned runs through all seven innings of the game against Woodsboro.

The Marlins did a great job of executing “small ball,” successfully stealing bases and laying down some nice sacrifice bunts.

Marlins player Ty Garrett got two hits and scored two runs.

Also having a good day at the plate was Will Spivey, Davis Spivey’s brother, who got three hits and two RBIs.

Kenedy

Port Aransas coach James Garrett said the game against Kenedy was the best hitting game the Marlins have had all season, considering the fact that they were up against Ryland Reyna, a strong Kenedy pitcher.

“We knocked him around,” Garrett said. “We had 11 hits in that game.”

While errors in the field hurt Port Aransas, freshman Marlins pitcher Ryan Tallent did a great job, achieving six strikeouts and giving up only three earned runs in five and one-third innings.

After Tallent left the mound, Will Spivey came in and got three strikeouts, giving up no hits.

All in all, it was a good performance against Kenedy, the No. 12-ranked 2A baseball team in the state.

What’s next

The Marlins were scheduled to battle with Runge on Tuesday, April 26 – too late for results to get into this edition of the South Jetty.

Next, Port Aransas boys, who hold third place in district, are to play for the bi-district championship sometime between Thursday and Saturday, May 5 to 7.

No specific opponent, date or location had been set at deadline for this edition.

Garrett said he was working on scheduling a warm-up game May 2 or 3 against an as-yet undetermined opponent.

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