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.”
Schuyler Matile and Josh Walker paced the Cobras with two hits apiece. Grant Chenoweth started and took the pitching loss.
The Mariners overcame a sloppy start. Clinton County made three errors in Middletown’s two-run second inning. The Cobras then added a run in the third for a 3-1 advantage.
To make matters more difficult, Clinton County stranded seven runners in the first three innings. That, however, all changed in the fourth.
“We got off to a choppy start, but the players again remained focused and took care of business — the way they have all tournament,” Tolosky said.
“Our schedule times so far haven’t been the friendliest. We played one game on Wednesday, none on Thursday because of the rain and games at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday.”
Late Saturday night the Senior Mariners dropped a heartbreaker to Smith Post 24 out of Rome.
Leading 1-0, and one strike away from victory, the wheels fell off for Clinton County and Smith Post 24 captured a 2-1 win after scoring the winning run on a bases-loaded walk.
The good news for the Senior Mariners, though, is despite the loss they will play for the championship today at 2 p.m.
Clinton County will face the winner of Smith Post 24 and West Seneca, which will be played at 11 a.m. today.
Mariners 13, Middletown 5
Middletown 021 020 0 — 5 9 4
Mariners 010 701 0 — 13 12 4
Chenoweth, Lieberman (4) and Mayo. Rabideau, Barber (6) and Roenbeck. WP- Rabideau. LP- Chenoweth. Sv- Barber. 2B- Overton (M), Flanick (M), Roenbeck (Mar) 2, Cunningham (Mar), Lefebvre (Mar).