KEENE, N.H. — The day didn’t start out well for the Clinton County Senior Mariners Saturday.
But, in the end, it turned out to be one of the best days of the season for the local American Legion baseball team while playing in the 38th-Annual Karl “Gubby” Underwood Tournament at the Keene (N.H.) High School Alumni Fields.
Clinton County dropped an 8-2 decision to Haverhill (Mass.) Post #4 in its first game of the day, which started at 8 a.m., but then rebounded for a 4-2 victory over Southern New Hampshire and then a 4-2 win over previously-unbeaten Danielson (Conn.) Post #21 in its third game of the day.
The Mariners (10-5), who won their bracket and are 2-1 in the event, will be playing in today’s 1 p.m. championship game against an opponent yet to be determined in the eight-team tournament.
“After we rebounded from our first game,” we played some of the best baseball we have played all season,” Mariners coach Matt Tolosky said. “We hadn’t played a game for a long time because of the weather and we got better as the day went on. We began to mesh as a team. Maybe playing three games in a day was good for us.”
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The Mariners held an early 2-0 lead, but Haverhill rapped out four hits, including back-to-back triples and a double, to score four runs in the fourth to take the lead for good at 4-2.
Haverhill then added a run in the sixth and three more in the seventh to break it open.
Ryan Meyer and Jake Richards had doubles, while Jack Tolosky and Robby Knowles added singles for Clinton County. Knowles rapped an RBI single in the second and Tanner Rascoe a sacrifice fly in the third.
Brandon Rabideau started and took the pitching loss, with Jeremy Barber taking over in the sixth. Haverhill outhit the Mariners, 11-4.