WARWICK, R.I. — The Clinton County Junior Mariners were held to one run on four hits in their 11-1 loss to the EC Eagles (White) in the opening game of the Firecracker Tournament in Warwick, R.I., Thursday.
Ryan Criss accounted for two hits, while Tristan Archambault and Stephen Peryea each belted one. Peryea, who rapped a triple in the ballgame, scored the Mariners’ lone run in the fifth inning.
“I give a lot of credit to their starting pitcher,” Clinton County coach Gary Duquette said.
“He was on his fastball but couldn’t get his breaking stuff going until the sixth inning. He was consistently working the corner of the plate.
“Seventeen of our outs were fly balls or strikeouts, so he did a really good job of keeping us off-balance.”
Gerrit Rietsema got the ball for Clinton County (18-5). The Plattsburgh High product threw five innings, allowing three earned runs with seven hits, three strikeouts and three walks.
Facing a 3-1 deficit, Archambault came in to pitch the sixth, and then Zach Bingel closed out the contest in the seventh.
In two innings, the two combined to allow six earned runs on six hits.
“I mean, we had one error in that (seven-run seventh) inning,” Duquette said. “There were a couple of softly hit balls that fell behind our infield. The ball was just rolling for them.
“That’s probably the best team we’ve faced this year. They were very disciplined. We didn’t play a bad game, but we’re capable of playing better. Hopefully, if we can move on, I’d like to see that team again.”
After losing back-to-back games by a combined score of 29-3 June 26 and 27, the Mariners had their four-game winning streak discontinued.
Clinton County and Duquette hope to rebound when the Mariners face Show Baseball from Lawrence, Mass., at 8:30 a.m. today.