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August 4, 2013

Mariners to play for championship today

UTICA — The hits keep coming.

The Clinton County Senior Mariners, led by Chris Roenbeck and Marcus Lefebvre, rapped out 12 hits Friday night in a 13-5 victory over the Middletown Cobras in a winner’s bracket game in the New York State American Legion Tournament at Murnane Field.

The Mariners (27-8) improved to 3-0 in the double-elimination event and have accounted for a combined 41 hits in three games.

Roenbeck finished with two doubles and five RBI, while Lefebvre added a double, two singles and two RBI.

The Mariners trailed, 3-1, entering the bottom of the fourth inning when they scored seven runs for an 8-3 advantage. Lefebvre had two hits and two RBI in the uprising.

Robby Knowles added an infield hit, Logan Recor a RBI single and Roenbeck a two-run double in the big fourth inning.

“Roenbeck and Lefebvre swung the bats well,” Mariners’ coach Matt Tolosky said. “They helped get us over the top.”

Also helping out offensively in the game were Mitchell Cunningham with a double and single, Knowles with two singles, Jack Tolosky a single and Ryan Meyer a single. Seven Clinton County starters had at least one hit in the contest.

Middletown cut its deficit to 8-5 with two runs in the fifth. But the Mariners got one run back in the bottom of the inning when Knowles singled and scored on Roenbeck’s sacrifice fly and put it away with four in the sixth with Roenbeck’s two-run double the key blow.

Brandon Rabideau went the first 5.1 innings to get the pitching win, striking out five. Jeremy Barber then picked up the save by retiring all five batters he faced, including two by strikeout.

“Rabideau put us in position to win the game,” Tolosky said. “And Barber did a fine job finishing it up. That’s as well as he has thrown the ball all season.”

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