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April 3, 2013

Clinton drops two in season opener

PLATTSBURGH — It was a familiar theme in both games for the Clinton Community College baseball team Tuesday.

And it wasn’t a good one.

The Cougars (0-2) dropped their first two games of the season in a home doubleheader against Columbia Greene, losing 13-3 and 14-1.

“It was our first two games hitting and pitching outside,” Clinton coach Tom Neale said. “We played well in the first game. We were up 1-0, but missed a pop up that cost us four runs in the third inning.”

Peter Russo and Kevin Peckovitch each recorded doubles for the Twins (3-3-1), while Jon Halligan added a triple. Russo and Kevin Gorman registered home runs.

Chris Roenbeck hit the Cougars’ only extra-base hit in the first contest, a home run.

Halligan, who pitched a complete game, picked up the win on the mound.

Anthony Porcelli was tagged with the loss.

In the second game, it was all Columbia Greene.

The Twins slugged 14 runs on 12 hits for a 14-1 victory.

Spencer Winters, Tanner Cornachinni and Connor Cardinale belted doubles, while Halligan added a home run.

Tom Curran was the only Clinton player to tally an extra-base hit in the second game, too, hitting a double.

Scott Fox nabbed the win on the mound and Eric Rock was charged with the loss.

Despite being outscored 27-4, Neale was pleased with performances from Curran and Roenbeck at the plate.

“We did OK, but our effort wasn’t good enough to win baseball games,” Neale said. “Hopefully, we’ll learn and improve. (Curran) had three hits on the day and (Roenbeck) had two hits in the first game. Everyone played hard, and we’ll improve.”

Columbia Greene 13, Clinton 3

Columbia Greene 004 234 — 13 10 2

Clinton 102 000 — 3 5 2

Halligan and Carpenito. Porcelli, Sullivan (5) and Roenbeck. WP- Halligan. LP- Porcelli. 2B- Russo (CGCC), Peckovitch (CGCC). 3B- Halligan (CGCC). HR- Roenbeck (CCC), Russo (CGCC), Gormon (CGCC).

Columbia Greene 14, Clinton 1

Columbia Greene 301 235 — 14 12 2

Clinton 000 001 — 1 4 5

Fox, Martin (6) and Cardinale. Rock, Merrill (4), Sherman (6), Davison (6) and Tolosky. WP- Fox. LP- Rock. 2B- Winters (CGCC), Cornachinni (CGCC), Cardinale (CGCC), Curran (CCC). 3B- Halligan (CGCC).

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