June 8, 2008

Mariners open with 2 victories

PLATTSBURGH — A five-run rally in the fifth inning of their second game helped make it a very successful first day of action for the Clinton County Mariners American Legion baseball team in Saturday’s Brian Mehan Memorial Tournament.

The Mariners opened their season with a 12-3 win over the Colchester Cannons A and then rallied for a 7-4 victory over Mohican Post #553 to go 2-0 on the day at Lefty Wilson Field and into the driver’s seat for the tournament championship.

“Absolutely, it went well for us,” said John Flynn, who picked up his first two victories as head coach of the Mariners.

Against the Cannons A, the Mariners fell behind, 3-0, in the top of the first inning on two hit batsmen and a three-run homer.

Clinton Country, however, answered back with three runs of its own in the bottom of the inning, took the lead with a run in the second and then broke it open with six runs in the third.

“It was a pretty good game for us,” Flynn said. “We fought right back after they scored three runs with three of our own.

“We took the lead in the second and then strung some hits together in the third.”

Matt Leta rapped out three hits and drove in a run for the Mariners, while Aaron Goldfarb added two hits and two RBI, and Brett Bosley, a double.

Nick Lamica started on the mound and picked up the pitching win, while Aaron Tenbuuren recorded the save.

The Mariners’ second game of the day was a good deal tougher as Mohican Post #553 held a 4-1 lead after four.

But, Clinton County struck for five runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Jordan Bezio singled, Leta got a pinch-hit walk, Pat Shaughnessy doubled in a run, Tory Bouyea tripled in two more and Frank Buksa rapped a two-run homer to put the Mariners ahead to stay.

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