Silver Bay sophomore Megan Maxey hit a pair of triples and collected five total RBIs to lead the Mariners to a 14-3, five-inning win over Barnum on Tuesday in Silver Bay.
The Mariners plated nine runs in the first inning to build an insurmountable lead and held the Bombers in check while adding five runs over the next four innings to end the game early.
Silver Bay eliminated Barnum from the playoffs in 2017, but was looking up at the Bombers in the standings until Tuesday's win.
With four games left on their schedule, Silver Bay will probably end up ranked second behind Carlton headed into the playoffs and Guzzo feels like the Mariner hitters are coming alive at the right time and will make a big difference headed into the Section 7A tournament.
"Everybody is going to play pretty good defense, of the better teams, when it comes down to the playoffs," Guzzo said. "The team that can rip the ball and hit like we did today, that team might just catch fire in the playoffs."
The Mariners pose a difficult challenge with their potent lineup. Barnum intentionally walked Cora Carter early in the game, but the next batter, junior Jessie Ketola, roped an RBI double into the outfield.
Silver Bay's only loss to a Class A team this season was a 6-5 heartbreaker last week to Carlton, where the Bulldogs walked 14 batters, but the Mariners also stranded 16 runners on base.
The concern for Silver Bay has been the defense, with the Mariners making four errors against Barnum. Guzzo has shifted some players around in an attempt shore up the defense, including moving junior Callie Klemmer to first base and eighth-grader Hannah Thums to third base.
"We're still tweaking it a little bit, but we're close," Guzzo said. "We're close to having a good defensive team."