SARATOGA — The Clinton County Senior Mariners, with Robby Knowles leading the way, are off to a good start in the Cooper’s Cave Tournament.
Knowles went the distance for the pitching win and added two hits and two runs-batted-in at the plate as the Mariners (16-5) recorded a 4-1 victory over Essex, Vt. Post 91 at East Side Recreation Park.
Knowles struck out three, walked one and scattered seven hits.
“Knowles was spot on,” Mariners’ coach Matt Tolosky said. “He mixed his pitches well and kept their hitters off balance.”
Knowles surrendered a run in the top of the first inning, but the Mariners got it back in the home half when Jack Tolosky walked, took second on Adam Goldfarb’s infield grounder and scored on Knowles’ single.
Clinton County then took the lead for good with a run in the second. Caleb Keysor led off with a single, went to second on Mitch Cunningham’s infield out and came across to score on Ryan Meyer’s RBI single.
The Mariners made it 3-1 in the third when Knowles rapped a one-out double and eventually scored on a wild pitch. In the fourth, Knowles walked with the bases loaded to force in Jeremy Barber with the Mariners’ final run.
“We were able to manufacture some runs early on and were then able to hang on to the lead,” Tolosky said.
Essex made it interesting in the seventh when the first two hitters singled. But a force out at third base, infield grounder and fly ball to center stranded the two runners.
In addition to Knowles’ two hits, Tolosky, Blake Altizer, Keysor, Cunningham and Meyer added a single each. Tolosky, Knowles and Keysor were on base three times in the contest.
“We left some runners on base,” Tolosky said. “But we hit the ball hard at times and their players made the plays.”