July 19, 2013

Both Mariners teams in District playoffs

PLATTSBURGH — Even though the Clinton County Senior Mariners are a better baseball team than they were at the beginning of the season, coach Matt Tolosky feels there’s room for improvement.

“I still believe the best is yet to come,” Tolosky said. “We haven’t reached our full potential.”

Tolosky is hoping this weekend’s American Legion District IV Tournament will bring out the best in the Mariners. The double-elimination event is being hosted by Granville Post #323 and will include the Mariner, Malone Post #219 and possibley Norfolk Rovers post #925.

Norfolk, however, likely will not have enough players and is expected to forfeit out of the tournament.

In today’s first-round action, top-seeded Clinton County will play Malone at Castleton State. If Norfolk drops out, third-seeded Granville gets the first-round bye.

“Our motivation should come from knowing how tough these teams have played us this season,” Tolosky said. “They’ve already proven themselves against us, and we’re not about to overlook anyone.”

Malone has been a problem for the Mariners. Post #219 has won 2-of-3 games from Clinton County, 1-1 in league play and 1-0 in tournament action.

Clinton County and Granville, who were both missing players due to the state high school baseball tournament, opened the season in Plattsburgh and the Mariners emerged with two one-run victories.

“I think we’ll be ready to play,” Tolosky said. “It’s important to stay in the winner’s bracket where you would play less games.”

The Mariners, who are 18-8 overall, are a battle-tested team after playing a difficult non-district schedule.

“Our 18-8 record is very good considering the competition we’ve played,” Tolosky said. “We’ve played the defending American Legion state champions from Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, as well as some other quality programs. That competition has prepared us for the Districts.”

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