Javier Gonzalez dives into home for a Marathon run.

Keys rivals clashed on April 20 as the Marathon Dolphins played host to the visiting Coral Shores Hurricanes. The Fins kept the score close through eight innings before Coral Shores’ bats awakened in the final frame, driving in 11 runs in the top of the ninth inning for a final score of 15-6. Eager to avenge the loss, the team used the added motivation to secure its first ever regular-season conference championship with a 6-2 win over the Westwood Christian Warriors just two days later. With a first round bye secured, the Dolphins will now turn their attention to the conference championship tournament.

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Alex Rickert made the perfectly natural career progression from dolphin trainer to newspaper editor in 2021 after freelancing for Keys Weekly while working full time at Dolphin Research Center. A resident of Marathon since 2015, he fell in love with the Florida Keys community by helping multiple organizations and friends rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Irma. An avid runner, actor, and spearfisherman, he spends as much of his time outside of work on or under the sea having civil disagreements with sharks.