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.