June 15, 2013

Mariners hosting Mehan Wooden Bat Tournament

By JOHN CORYER Press-Republican

---- — PLATTSBURGH — Clinton County Senior Mariners American Legion baseball coach Matt Tolosky believes the real season starts today.

The Mariners will be hosting the Annual Brian Mehan Wooden Bat Tournament today and Sunday.

“This tournament is very important to the organization, baseball team and community,” Tolosky said. “We want to put our best foot forward.

“This really starts the season for us. We will be playing nine games in the next five days.”

Clinton County (4-2) has played six games thus far, but that hasn’t given Tolosky a true read on his team.

“We’ve played so few games so far and we’ve had players missing due to school commitments or state playoffs,” he said. “But now all that is out of the way, and I feel the best is yet to come for us.

“I know the history of our players, and we will find our time when we move ahead as a unit. We have accomplished individuals who will eventually make it happen. We haven’t been a unit yet.”

Tolosky will be able to draw from a deep pitching staff this weekend.

“I’m looking forward to getting everyone on our pitching staff into the lineup,” Tolosky said.

There will be nine teams competing after Franklin County Post, from St. Albans, Vt., pulled out on Friday due to a previous commitment.

The field will include the Mariners, Montreal Rockies, Ottawa Knights, Parkhurst Post #1448 (Oriskany), Roberts Post #161 (Holland Patent), Brockville Bunnies, Colchester Cannons, Malone Post #219 and the Montreal Titans U19.

Plattsburgh’s Lefty Wilson and South Acres Fields will be in use, in addition to Peru’s Tony Papero Field.

The Mariners will play two games today, both at Lefty Wilson Field, versus Malone Post #219 at noon and the Ottawa Knights at 6 p.m.

Sunday, at Wilson Field, Clinton County will take on the Brockville Bunnies at 1:30 p.m. and the Colchester Cannons at 4 p.m.

Because of one team dropping out, there will not be two divisions. The two teams with the best records, including tie-breakers, meet in the tournament championship game at 7 p.m. Sunday night at Wilson Field.

This will also be Mariners’ Hall of Fame Weekend.

Newest inductees Mike St. Louis, Tim O’Connell, Harold LaFontaine, Joe Staves and Bill Durnin Sr. will be honored in a ceremony at 5 p.m. today at Lefty Wilson Field prior to the Mariners’ game against Ottawa.

Today’s schedule

Lefty Wilson Field

9 a.m.- Montreal Rockies vs. Roberts Post #161

Noon- Malone Post #219 vs. Clinton County Mariners

3 p.m.- Malone Post #219 vs. Ottawa Knights

6 p.m.- Ottawa Knights vs. Clinton County Mariners

South Acres Field

9 a.m.- Brockville Bunnies vs. Montreal Titans U19

Noon- Roberts Post #161 vs. Colchester Cannons

3:30 p.m.- Colchester Cannons vs. Montreal Rockies

Tony Papero Field

12:30 p.m.- Montreal Titans vs.Parkhurst Post #1448

3:30 p.m.- Brockville Bunnies vs. Parkhurst Post #1448

Sunday’s schedule

Lefty Wilson Field

8:30 a.m.- Roberts Post #161 vs. Montreal Titans U19

11 a.m.- Montreal Titans U19 vs. Ottawa Knights

1:30 p.m.- Brockville Bunnies vs. Clinton County Mariners

4 p.m.- Colchester Cannons vs. Clinton County Mariners

7 p.m.- best record vs. second-best overall record

South Acres Field

9 a.m.- Malone Post #219 vs. Brockville Bunnies

Noon- Malone Post #219 vs. Montreal Rockies

3 p.m.- Montreal Rockies vs. Ottawa Knights

Tony Papero Field

12:30 p.m.- Colchester Cannons vs. Parkhurst Post #1448

3:30 p.m.- Parkhurst Post #1448 vs. Roberts Post #161