LAKE PLACID — Gary Duquette chalked up the Clinton County Junior Mariners’ win Tuesday to luck.
Clinton County tied the game against the Lake Placid Adirondacks in the seventh inning on a fluke play and then plated the winner on a passed ball to escape 4-3.
“All facets of the game, we didn’t really play well; we just got lucky,” Duquette said.
“We came out flat, didn’t hit, made a few errors. Our pitchers kept us in it, and we just got lucky in the end. I give the kids credit; sometimes you have games like that.”
With the Junior Mariners trailing 3-1 in the seventh with runners on second and third, Lake Placid’s first baseman caught a fly ball for the second out. Thinking the runner on third was heading home — Duquette said he wasn’t — the Lake Placid player attempted to throw to the catcher. But the ball sailed out of the play, and the runners were awarded two bases, which resulted in two runs and a 3-3 score.
Clinton County (6-1) pulled ahead in the top of the eighth.
“Brady Pennington led off with a hit, and we bunted twice and got him to third base,” Duquette said. “We tried a suicide squeeze, but the pitcher threw to the backstop and Pennington scored on passed ball.”
Ryan Whalen, who entered in relief in the sixth inning, earned the pitching win. Bailey Cross threw the first five innings.
The Junior Mariners were held to five hits by five different players.
Lake Placid’s Kolby Pertak took the loss after pitching the first two innings and returning in the eighth. Three other pitchers took the mound for the Adirondacks in between.
“I have to give credit to the Lake Placid pitchers,” Duquette said. “We’ve been on kind of a hot streak lately, and their pitchers really shut us down. They did a really good job.”
Lake Placid totaled six hits, including two each by Connor Preston and Drew Sturgeon.
The Junior Mariners’ next action will be in the Middletown Classic, starting with a game at 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Junior Mariners 4, Adirondacks 3 (8)
Mariners 001 000 21 — 4 5 3
Adirondacks 102 000 00 — 3 6 1
Cross, Whalen (6) and Kowalowski, Bechard (5). Pertak, Sonlana (3), Krafts (5) Cassidy (7), Pertak (8) and Preston. WP- Whalen. LP- Pertak.