SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Clinton County Senior Mariners started quickly Thursday morning.
The Mariners (18-5) scored five runs in the first inning and added three more in the second on the way to a 10-3 victory over the Newburgh Nuclears in the Cooper’s Cave Tournament at Geyser Park.
Both the Mariners and Nuclears entered the game with 2-0 records in the event.
Despite getting a two-hitter by pitcher Andy Kneussle, Clinton County dropped a 1-0 game to defending American Legion state champion West Seneca Thursday night. West Seneca scored on a wild pitch. Full details of the contest will be in Saturday’s edition of the Press-Republican.
Against Newburgh, Conor Casey went the distance for the pitching win as he struck out 14, walked two and allowed six hits. He gave up two unearned runs in the fourth inning when the Mariners lost their focus for a short time, committing three errors. He also allowed an earned run in the seventh.
“Conor had an outstanding outing,” Mariners’ coach Matt Tolosky said. “We seemed to follow his lead.
“He finished with 14 strikeouts against a quality team that entered the game 2-0 in the tournament. That says something for how well he pitched.”
The Mariners broke up top with five runs in the opening inning when Jack Tolosky walked, Adam Goldfarb had an infield hit, Robby Knowles a bunt single, Caleb Keysor a two-run double and Blake Altizer an RBI single. The Nuclears also made two errors in the inning.
“We came out aggressively in the first inning with the five runs,” Tolosky said. “It was an early morning game and getting five runs that quickly took some of the wind out of Newburgh’s sails.”
Clinton County then loaded the bases in the second on a single by Knowles, double by Keysor and walk to Ryan Meyer. With two out, Mitchell Cunningham singled to right to drive in a run, and two more runners came across on an outfield error.