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.
The Senior Mariners will have an active summer taking part in a number of tournaments, including hosting the Brian Mehan Tournament on June 15 and 16.
“We have a busy schedule and need all the pitching we have,” Tolosky said. “We have a very capable pitching staff, with 11 pitchers among the 14 players.”
The Mehan Tournament will also be Hall of Fame weekend, with the new inductees into the Hall of Fame being Mike St. Louis, Tim O’Connell, Harold LaFontaine, Joe Staves and Bill Durnin Sr.
JUNIORS ON DECK
The Clinton County Junior Mariners open their season next Wednesday against the Colchester Junior Cannons at South Acres Field.
“We kept 14 players — only four returning players and 10 newcomers,” head coach Gary Duquette, who will be assisted by Hector Duquette and Bill Hunt this season, said. “It’s like last year when I had to learn about the kids right from the start. It’s kind of the same thing again.
“But I feel pretty good about the team. I’ve been following their success in high school in the newspaper.”
Blake Altizer, Quenton Barber, Andy Kneussle and Brandon Buksa are the lone players back from last year.
“Those four players will need to step up and be leaders for us,” Duquette said.
New to the Juniors this season are Zach Bingel, Brantley Marion, Mickey Pepper, Tristan Archambault, Shawn Courson, Dan Hartman, Gerrit Rietsema, Ryan Whalen, Caleb Keysor and Nate Stanton.
“We don’t have a big team with a lot of power,” Duquette said. “We have to rely on our team speed like we did last year. It’s the same approach as last year.”
Duquette is hoping the newcomers can supply some much-needed pitching.
“We play 34 games in 47 days,” he said. “We’re counting on the new kids to pitch because we play so many games in a short amount of time.”
Clinton County Mariners rosters
Beekmantown- Adam Goldfarb, Brandon Rabideau, Logan Recor.
Lake Placid- Ryan Meyer.
Northeastern Clinton- Marcus Lefebvre.
Peru- Conor Casey, Mitchell Cunningham.
Plattsburgh High- Robby Knowles, Jake Richards, Chris Roenbeck, Jack Tolosky.
Saranac- Jeremy Barber, Kasey Favreau, Tanner Rascoe.
Beekmantown- Quenton Barber, Zach Bingel, Brandon Buksa, Brantley Marion, Mickey Pepper.
Peru- Blake Altizer, Tristan Archambault, Andrew Kneussle.
Plattsburgh High- Shawn Courson, Dan Hartman, Gerrit Rietsema, Ryan Whalen.
Saranac- Caleb Keysor, Nate Stanton.