MALONE — A long day at the ballpark was worth it for the Clinton County Senior Mariners on Sunday.
The Mariners picked up three wins on the day to finish in first place in the Border Wars Wood Bat Tournament, hosted by Malone Post #219.
Clinton County (6-2), which compiled a 4-1 record in the two-day event, posted a 13-3 victory over the Montreal Rockies, an 8-1 decision over Malone and an 8-4 win over the Montreal Titans in the championship game.
The Montreal Orioles breezed through round-robin play with a 3-0 record and were the top seed in the tournament semifinals. The Orioles, however, were upset by the Titans in the semis.
Brandon Buksa and Caleb Keysor were among those who swung big bats for the Mariners. Buksa rapped out seven hits in the event, including four doubles and a triple, while Keysor finished with seven singles and four RBI over the two days.
Against the Rockies, Ryan Meyer was the hitting star with three hits and five RBI, while Conor Casey wasn’t far behind with three hits and two RBI. Buksa finished with two hits and a RBI.
Andy Kneussle struck out five and allowed seven hits in going the five innings for the pitching win.
Against Malone Post #219, the Mariners held a 2-1 lead when they scored six runs in the fifth to break it open.
Keysor accounted for two hits, Blake Altizer a triple and both Tanner Rascoe and Adam Goldfarb doubles. Robby Knowles struck out five and surrendered three hits in going the first six innings for the win and Buksa struck out the side in the seventh.
Then, in the championship game, the Mariners pushed across four runs in the first inning, held a 5-3 lead after four and expanded it to 8-3 after five.
The Titans, however, made it interesting in the seventh when they scored a run to cut their deficit to four and stranded the bases loaded when Buksa struck out the final batter of the game.