COLCHESTER, Vt. — The Clinton County Junior Mariners did just about everything right Wednesday as they defeated the Colchester Junior Cannons 10-3 in an American Legion baseball game at Colchester High School.
“We did everything as perfect as could be (Wednesday),” Clinton County coach Gary Duquette said. “The only error we had was an overthrow of first base, and that was in the last inning. We played good defense, ran the bases well and our pitchers battled.”
Colchester plated two runs in the bottom of the second inning to make it a 3-2 game. Then the Junior Mariners (4-0) pulled away, scoring three in the third and two in the fifth. They added four runs in the seventh.
Nate Stanton hit a double and a single for Clinton County, and Andy Kneussle also had two hits.
Brantley Marion started on the mound for the Junior Mariners, and Stanton picked up the win in relief. Stanton struck out six and did not allow a hit in three innings.
“Marion had a tough start finding his location, but he battled through and did well,” Duquette said. “And Stanton was lights out.”
The Junior Mariners will play in the Father’s Day Classic hosted by the Middletown Cobras this weekend, with their first game on Friday.
“We’re going to see what we’re made of right off the bat. Andy Kneussle’s going to get the start,” Duquette said.
Junior Mariners 10, Junior Cannons 3
Jr. Mariners 123 020 4 — 10 8 1
Jr. Cannons 020 000 1 — 3 3 3
Marion, Stanton (4), Barber (7) and Altizer. Bailey, E. Baez (3), N. Baez (6) and Palasits. WP- Stanton. LP- Bailey. 2B- Stanton (JM).