PLATTSBURGH — It was a tough day with two close losses for the host team at the 14U Clinton County Mariners American Legion Tournament at Lefty Wilson Field on Saturday.
St. Albans (Vt.) rallied for an 8-6 victory in the Mariners’ first game of the day and the local team then dropped an 11-10 setback to the NDG Lynx from Quebec in their second contest.
Clinton County is schedule to play again today.
The Mariners let Saturday’s first game slip away when St. Albans rallied for four runs in the seventh inning to erase a 6-4 deficit.
The Mariners held an early 4-0 lead when St. Albans scored four runs in the fourth to tie it. Clinton County then went back on top with two runs in the fifth.
Champagne finished with two hits and a RBI for the Mariners, while Jacob Gregoire added a double and two RBI. Matthews, Andy LeBeau and Bourdeau chipped in with a hit each, and LeBeau drove in a run.
Bourdeau took the loss in relief of Nick Mather.
“This was a tough loss to take because we had the game in hand heading into the seventh inning,” LeBeau said. “We had a couple of defensive lapses that cost us.
“We need to stay focused as a team for a full seven innings. I have a lot of confidence in these boys.”
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The Mariners scored four runs in the bottom of the third and then broke loose for 10 runs in the fourth to win by the run rule.
Logan Matthews went five innings for the pitching win as he struck out eight, walked three and allowed just one hit.
Nate Hebert, Nate Forrence and Trent Bourdeau paced Clinton County with two hits each, while Ben Champagne added a double. The Mariners also took advantage of nine walks dished out by the Orleans pitchers.