August 12, 2013

Cheers and Jeers: Aug. 12, 2013

CHEERS to the Clinton County Senior Mariners for their performance at the New York State American Legion Baseball Tournament, held at Utica’s Murnane Field. The only local American Legion team ever to win a state championship was the 1969 squad, and the Senior Mariners fell just one win short in their bid to become only the second state champion from the area, finishing second out of 131 American Legion teams from across New York state. The Mariners competed as one of the eight district champions, with West Seneca Post 735 (West Seneca), Ferris Goodridge Post 330 (Rochester), Middletown Post 151 (Middetown), Melvin Roads Post 1213 (East Greenbush), Smith Post 24 (Rome), Vestal Post 89 (Vestal) and New Hartford Post 1376 (New Hartford) also in the field. The Mariners, made up of players or former players from Plattsburgh High, Beekmantown, Saranac, Peru, Northeastern Clinton and Lake Placid, represented the North Country well by finishing second in the double-elimination event. They won their first three games — 11-8 over Ferris Goodridge, 13-5 over Middletown and 4-1 over Melvin Roads. Clinton County then lost to host Smith Post, 2-1, before falling to West Seneca, from the Buffalo area, 6-0, in the championship game on Sunday. Making their accomplishment even more impressive, the 12-player local team competed against some bigger and older teams. They were one of the youngest teams at the event, with 10 of their 12 players eligible to return next year. The Mariners finished with a 27-10 overall record for 2013. During the regular season, after having their own tournament rained out, the Mariners finished second in the “Gubby” Tournament in Keene, N.H., and then took first place in the Monsters of the Mohawk Tournament in Schenectady. They then won the American Legion District IV Championship in Granville to earn a spot in the state event. Team members who played in Utica were Chris Roenbeck, Logan Recor, Jack Tolosky, Robby Knowles, Mitchell Cunningham, Ryan Meyer, Adam Goldfarb, Tanner Rascoe, Conor Casey, Brandon Rabideau, Marcus Lefebvre and Jeremy Barber. Kasey Favreau was injured and did not make the trip. The Mariners are coached by Matt Tolosky and assisted by Mike Rascoe, Dale Favreau and John Coryer. They all should be proud of a standout season.

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