SARATOGA — Brandon Rabideau supplied the pitching and the Clinton County Senior Mariners did enough offensively on Friday to record a 3-0 victory over Saugerties Post in the Coopers Cave Tournament.
The Mariners (19-6), finished 4-1 in the round-robin portion of the tournament and took first place in one of the three brackets.
Clinton County advances to the playoff bracket and will play at 5:30 p.m. today against an opponent yet to be determined. If the Mariners win, they will play in the semifinals of the 18-team tournament on Sunday.
Rabideau was in command as he struck out 12, walked one and allowed only a second-inning single in going the distance with a one-hitter.
“Brandon was outstanding on the mound,” Mariners’ coach Matt Tolosky said. “He had all of his stuff working today and came through for us in a game we need to win in order to move on.”
The Mariners also played good defense behind their pitcher, making one error.
Clinton County jumped in front with a run in the first inning when Adam Goldfarb walked, stole second and scored on Caleb Keysor’s two-out single.
The Mariners tacked on another in the second. Brandon Buksa walked, stole second took third when Conor Casey reached on an error and scored on Jack Tolosky’s suicide-squeeze bunt.
Clinton County added its final run in the fourth. Buksa singled, took second when Casey reached on another error, went to third on Tolosky’s bunt and scored on Goldfarb’s base hit.
“We executed small ball very well today and were able to manufacture some early runs to get the lead,” Tolosky said.
Ryan Meyer, Goldfarb, Keysor, Tanner Rascoe, Blake Altizer and Buksa accounted for the Mariners’ hits.
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Andy Kneussle was brilliant on the mound for the Mariners as he struck out 11, walked two and allowed just two hits against the defending New York State American Legion champions. Only four West Seneca batters reached base.