April 6, 2014

Clinton drops a pair to open baseball season

HUDSON — Frigid weather wasn’t the only thing slowing down the Clinton Community College baseball team in its season-opening doubleheader.

Columbia-Greene starting pitchers Hunter Scully and Matthew Dallas, who combined for 12 innings of work, surrendered a combined two runs as the Twins (2-2, 2-2) swept the Cougars (0-2, 0-2), 4-1 and 4-2, Saturday.

Clinton combined for six hits in 14 innings at the plate.

“With cold and windy weather, it wasn’t easy to hit the ball a long way,” Cougars coach Tom Neale said. “We made a lot of contact and didn’t strike out a lot, but we failed to convert on some opportunities. In the first game, we had runners on second and third with one out, but their third baseman got a good jump on a line drive and made a double play.

“Our lone error in the field also proved costly. It allowed them to two runs.”

Dalton Castine and Robert Mejia each recorded doubles for Clinton in the setback. Scully was credited with the win, while Brian Stanczuk was awarded the save in a three-run game. Austin Medeiros was tagged with the loss for the Cougars.

Kristian Sherman kept Clinton within striking distance in the second game, surrendering four runs in a complete-game effort on the mound.

The Cougars, however, were only able to record two hits and their comeback bid fell just short in a 4-2 loss.

“In the second game, we had runners on second and third with one out, but Stanczuk struck out the three-four hitters in our lineup,” Neale said. “Sherman did fine, and he threw the ball well. He gave us a chance to win, but we weren’t able to push enough runs across. In a few situations, it looked like we were outside for the first time. But we scrapped and did OK.”

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