PLATTSBURGH — Vermont Outlaws starting pitcher Pat McHugh kept the Clinton County Junior Mariners in check Thursday.
But once the Mariners got to the Outlaws’ bullpen in the fifth inning, the floodgates opened.
Clinton County scored a combined 13 runs in the fifth and sixth innings to defeat Vermont 14-1 in American Legion baseball at Chip Cummings Field.
“Their first pitcher, I give him credit, he kept the ball down,” Mariners coach Gary Duquette said. “All we could do was drive the ball into the ground. But he started to get a little tired in the fifth. That’s the only reason we started hitting. Once we got to the bullpen, we just let loose.”
Clinton County’s Alex Follmer got the start on the hill. Ryan Whalen and Dan Hartman shut the door by pitching back-to-back scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh.
“Whalen struck out the side, and the three pitchers combined for 10 strikeouts,” Duquette said. “All around, we played another really good game. We got another huge start out of Alex Follmer.
“He knows he’s a big part of our staff. He didn’t have his best stuff (Thursday) but battled back. I’m really proud of him.”
Tristan Archambault paced the Mariners (10-2) with three hits, while Brady Pennington, Keller Kowalowski and Zach Bingel each added two.
“Our kids play the game the right way,” Duquette said. “They’re patient at the plate. They swing at strikes and take a lot of walks.”
Clinton County will hope to extend its winning streak to five games when it meets the Norfolk Junior Rovers at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Clinton County 14, Vermont 1
Vermont 010 000 0 — 1 3 3
Clinton Co. 000 149 x — 14 14 1
P. McHugh, Smith (5), T. McHugh (6) and Dell. Follmer, Whalen (6), Hartman (7) and Hartman, Kowalowski (7). WP- Follmer. LP- P. McHugh.