SARATOGA — A big seventh inning in their second game of the day gave the Clinton County Senior Mariners a split Friday in the Cooper’s Cave Tournament.
The Mariners (18-8) dropped a 5-3 decision to North Kingston Shoreline, R.I. before recording a 6-4 victory over Saugerties Post. Clinton County went 2-2 in the event and needed two wins Friday to move on.
“To go 2-2 in a tournament the caliber of this one is an accomplishment,” Mariners coach Matt Tolosky said. “The kids deserve some credit.”
The Mariners return home for a 5:30 p.m. game on Monday at Lefty Wilson Field against Rutland, Vt. That will be the final tune-up for the team before heading into next weekend’s District IV Tournament in Granville.
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Most of the excitement in this game was saved for the sixth and seventh innings.
Saugerties held a 2-1 lead going into the sixth when Mitchell Cunningham tied the contest with an RBI single.
Saugerties then threatened to take the lead in the bottom of the inning.
“Their batter got a hit and stole second,” Tolosky said. “Then they hit a bomb that Adam Goldfarb made a diving catch on. Goldfarb then threw the runner, who had tagged up, out at third base. That was a big play for us.”
In the seventh, the Mariners loaded the bases, and Robby Knowles hit a sacrifice fly to give Clinton County the lead. Tanner Rascoe then doubled in two runs, and Chris Roenbeck doubled in another for a 6-2 advantage.
“Cunningham, Goldfarb, Knowles, Rascoe and Roenbeck all came through for us in the last two innings,” Tolosky said.
Saugerties got two of the runs back in the bottom of the seventh before the final out was recorded.
Roenbeck led the Mariners with a double and a single, while Goldfarb and Cunningham added two singles each. Rascoe’s double and Logan Recor’s single were the other hits for the Mariners.
Marcus Lefebvre started on the mound for Clinton County and blanked Saugerties over the first three innings. Brandon Rabideau picked up the win in relief, and Knowles posted the save.
“It was a very big win for us,” Tolosky said. “The kids showed a lot of heart and made it happen.”
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The Sharks, from North Kingston Shoreline, R.I., jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and held off the Mariners.
Clinton County’s only error in the game led to two unearned runs off starting pitcher Knowles in the first inning. J2 Design then tacked on three more runs in the third before reliever Rabideau held the Rhode Island team scoreless the rest of the way and struck out six.
“Brandon pitched well and gave us an opportunity to come back and win,” Tolosky said.
The Mariners finally broke through for three runs in the sixth. Roenbeck led off with a single, and Rabideau, Lefebvre and Conor Casey all drove in runs to cut it to 5-3.
Clinton County put runners on second and third, with one out in the seventh but wasn’t able to get the hit that could have tied the game.
“Give credit to their pitcher — he kept us off balance,” Tolosky said. “When we finally made some adjustments, it was too little, too late. We also made a couple of mistakes, and you can’t do that against a team this good.”
Jack Tolosky, Recor, Knowles, Cunningham, Rabideau and Roenbeck all had a hit for the Mariners.
Brian Cox led J2 Design with a single and a double, while Tyler Rains had two singles and Adam Nabb a double.
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J2 Design Sharks 203 000 x — 5 8 3
Knowles, Rabideau (3) and Roenbeck. Worthington, Cox (6), Montanaro (7) and Rains. WP- Worthington. LP- Knowles. Sv- Montanaro. 2B- Nabb (J2), Cox (J2).
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Lefebvre, Rabideau (4), Knowles (7) and Roenbeck. Myers, Vanderbeck (7) and Derino.
WP- Rabideau. LP- Myers. Sv- Knowles. 2B- Rascoe (M), Roenbeck (M).