MIDDLETOWN — The Clinton County Junior Mariners dominated both games and went on to win by a combined score of 20-1 over the Middletown Cobras and the Ridgefield, Conn. Warriors on Saturday in the Middletown Cobras American Legion baseball Tournament.
The Mariners recorded a 10-0 victory over Middletown and a 10-1 decision over Ridgefield.
The Mariners (5-0) didn’t even get to finish the first game against the Cobras in its entirety because a run rule was put into action when they went up 10-0 early in the sixth inning.
“I was surprised when the game was called,” Clinton County coach Gary Duquette said. “I wasn’t aware that the tournament had a mercy rule.”
Blake Altizer was a big reason the Mariners were handed the game on the run rule.
Altizer went 3-for-3, which included a single, a double and a triple that brought in two runs in the team’s big five-run third inning.
“Altizer has a very hot bat right now,” Duquette said. “He is a force at the plate and has a huge impact on the team.”
The Mariners also had a stellar performance from Andy Kneussle on the mound as he fanned nine batters and walked one to get the win.
“Kneussle pitched a heck of a game and had a lot of confidence on the mound,” Duquette said. “He really commanded the strike zone, and his fast ball had good movement.”
Nate Stanton rapped two hits, Quenton Barber recorded a double and Shawn Courson added a triple.
The Mariners were on their way to grabbing another run-rule win in their second game, but Ridgefield was able to muster a run in the fourth inning that kept the second game alive.
Brandon Buksa took the mound for the Mariners and sent 11 batters back to their seats on strikes while walking just one. Tristan Archambault pitched the final inning and struck out one to end the game.