ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. — Caleb Keysor’s fifth-inning home run put the Clinton County Senior Mariners ahead to stay Wednesday night and the local American Legion team added three more runs in the sixth before hanging on for a 7-4 victory over Essex Post #91.
Keysor broke a 2-all tie when he hit the first pitch he saw over the right-field fence for a solo homer.
The Mariners (12-3) then tacked on three more runs in the sixth on run-scoring singles by Adam Goldfarb, Mitch Cunningham and Jeremy Barber.
Essex got two runs back in the bottom of the sixth to cut its deficit to 6-4 before Brandon Rabideau’s RBI double in the seventh put the Mariners back up by three.
The hosts loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning but Tanner Rascoe worked out of potential trouble for the save.
“I give credit to Essex — they have a good-hitting team,” Mariners’ coach Matt Tolosky said. “We had five days off because of graduation and having a team cancel their game with us. We had a game plan going in and to get our pitchers some work — and it worked for us.
“Because of using four pitchers, our players had to show some versatility on defense by playing at different spots. We also hit the ball well up and down the line-up. We were able to accomplish what we set out to do.”
The Mariners grabbed the lead in the first when Jack Tolosky singled and later scored on Robby Knowles’ sacrifice fly. The same two players then combined for Clinton County’s run in the third when Tolosky reached on an error, stole second and scored on Knowles’ single.
Essex then tied it with two runs in the bottom of the third.
Knowles pitched the first three innings for the Mariners and Andy Kneussle went the next two scoreless frames to get the win.