The Greystones Mariners A’s are champions after securing a double-header win over the Dublin Hurricanes.
On Saturday, Sept. 20, the Greystones Mariners – the country’s oldest baseball club, founded in 1991 by an Irishman recently returned from San Francisco – were crowned Ireland’s 2014 baseball kings for the first time after defeating the Dublin Hurricanes 3-1 and 8-4 at O’Malley Field in Corkagh Park, Clondalkin.
Although this was their first time in the final the Mariners looked comfortable in their role as under-dogs. The Dublin Hurricanes were previously undefeated all season. Daniel Woodburne and Jaime Cuevas got the wins pitching two complete games each. Highlights include diving catches from Jack Fairbairn, Leo Farrell and Mark Treacy, back to back doubles from Enrique and Woody, multiple hits from Enrique and a successful hit and run play. However in the end it was a team win with contributions from all players.
The Mariners are now the only club to win Baseball Ireland’s Little League, Senior B and Senior A titles. Special mention to Tom Aron (youth coordinator and Bray resident), Leo Farrell (Manager) and Jaime Cuevas (coach) for their roles in delivering the championship.
From bottom left to right: Gareth Donnelly, Tommy Hernandez, Jack Fairbairn, Paul Coomes, Enrique Verea De Valery, Daniel Woodburne.
From top left to right: John Terry, Adrian Kelly, Leo Farrell, Aidan Kelly, Jaime Cuevas, Alan Farrell, Tom Aron, Patrick Fleming, Mark Treacy.
Stands: Chuck Adams (crying), Grainne Donnelly, Tracey Metcalfe, Rosie Allman.
Missing: Jack Farrell, Ross Graham.