Merchants to be marked men at NBC World Series

A year ago, the Everett Merchants baseball team got a taste of playing on the national stage when they made a Cinderella run to the championship game of the National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series in Wichita, Kansas.

The Merchants ran into the Kansas Stars, a team composed of former major-leaguers ranging from role players to current and future Hall of Famers, and fell to the star-studded roster 7-1 in a true David-versus-Goliath matchup that was televised by ESPN.

“To be on the same field as them, it was giving us goosebumps,” said right-handed reliever Brandon Mahovlich, a returner from last year’s team that’s 2-0 with a 1.80 earned-run average over 15 innings this season.

Although the loss was tough, the experience was a once-in-life-time moment for a team that features a roster littered with ballplayers with Snohomish County ties.

“When you show up on the same field as (the Kansas Stars), you’re kind of shell-shocked and it’s kind of surreal that you’re playing some All-Stars, some Cy Young winners and some guys that are gonna be in the Hall of Fame,” said Merchants third baseman Max Whitt, a graduate of Granite Falls High School and Everett Community College. “As soon as you got on the field your jaw dropped and you’re just kind of like, ‘Wow, this is really happening.’”

Article courtesy of the Everett Herald