PLATTSBURGH — The Clinton County Senior Mariners American Legion baseball team returns six players from a season ago.
First-year head coach Matt Tolosky, however, is looking for leadership from more than just those players.
“We’re expecting leadership by example from everyone on the team,” he said. “Everybody is expected to be a leader, from the younger players to the older players.
“Everyone has a job to do and they will need to do it to the best of their ability.”
The Senior Mariners open their season today with an 11 a.m. doubleheader at Lefty Wilson Field against the Granville Legion.
Tolosky, who was an assistant coach for John Flynn the previous two years, is also the program’s general manager.
“We lost seven quality players and three great coaches from last year,” Tolosky said. “With the numbers we have returning and the kids coming up, we should have a very solid team.
“I’m looking forward to being affiliated with assistant coaches Mike Rascoe and Dale Favreau, along with (Director of Operations) Harold LeClaire for all he does.”
Returning players for the Senior Mariners include middle infielders Kasey Favreau and Robby Knowles, corner infielders Logan Recor and Jake Richards, catcher Chris Roenbeck and outfielder Brandon Rabideau.
Moving up from the Junior Mariners are middle infielders Jack Tolosky and Ryan Meyer, corner infielders Jeremy Barber and Mitchell Cunningham, and outfielders Tanner Rascoe and Adam Goldfarb.
Rounding out the 14-player roster are American Legion newcomers Conor Casey and Marcus Lefebvre.
“It’s a different team,” Tolosky said. “Most of the guys were on the all-star circuit when they were eight or nine years old and have been playing either with or against each other for a while.
“We have a solid line-up one through nine, no matter who is in the line-up. Each spot is as important as the next and we will fill each spot with talent. We have a good number to work with and I’m happy with the number of players we have who can play a variety of positions.