PLATTSBURGH — A five-run first inning was all the offense the Clinton County 14U Mariners needed in a 10-0 rout of Champlain at Lefty Wilson Field Tuesday.
Manny Brinson, Logan Matthews, Dominick Bordeau and Nick Mather finished with eight of the Mariners’ (16-3-1) 11 hits.
Brinson and Matthews each accounted for two triples in the ballgame.
Brinson, who got the start on the mound, was the winning pitcher. In three innings of work, he fired seven strikeouts.
“We played a clean baseball game,” Clinton County coach Bill Lebeau said. “We didn’t commit any errors. Everybody played well in the field and to the best of their ability (Tuesday).”
Nate Forrence, Zach Marlow, Connor Sargeant and Nathan Hebert combined for four innings on the hill, while surrendering just one hit.
“Maintaining a seven-run lead, it was nice to be able to get some kids experience on the mound,” Lebeau said. “I was pleased to see Nathan Hebert pitch for the first time this year. He struck out three batters to finish the game.
“All-around, it was another good effort. The kids were hungry to have a good outing after struggling last weekend.”
Up next, the Mariners will challenge the Adirondack Lightning at Lefty Wilson Field at 5:30 p.m. July 9.
Clinton County 10, Champlain 0
Champlain 000 000 0 — 0 1 2
Clinton 502 111 x — 10 11 0
Boire, Galluci (4), Coulombe (6) and Patrie, Boire (5). Brinson, Forrence (4), Marlow (5), Sargeant (6), Hebert (7). WP- Brinson. LP- Boire. 3B- Brinson (CC) 2, Matthews (CC) 2.
SUNDAYClinton County 14, Vermont 4
SARATOGA — Gerrit Rietsema rapped out three hits and picked up the pitching win in relief as the Junior Mariners (17-4) rolled past the Outlaws, 14-4, in the Saratoga Stampede Junior American Legion Tournament.
Clinton County, after losing its first game of the event to Saratoga, won its next three games to finish second.
“We beat them (Vermont), 14-1, two weeks ago and then they beat us, 17-3, last Thursday,” Mariners coach Gary Duquette said. “So we were able to beat them for the second time this year.”