GRANVILLE — The Clinton County Senior Mariners gutted one out on Sunday.
The Mariners didn’t play their best game of the season, but found a way to win the American Legion District IV Tournament championship with a 7-4 victory over host Granville Post #323.
The top-seeded Mariners answered every challenge on the weekend and went 3-0 in the double-elimination event, while improving to 21-8 overall on the season. They will now compete in the eight-team New York State American Legion Tournament, beginning a week from Wednesday in Utica.
“Today was a huge win for our organization,” said Mariners coach Matt Tolosky. “But, at the same time, the kids have to realize we still have work to do.
“The coaches were very pleased with the team’s effort this weekend. We reached part of our objective by winning the Districts.”
The Mariners continued to hit the ball well with a 10-hit attack that included four hits by Adam Goldfarb.
“Adam set the table for us in the No. 2 spot today,” said Tolosky. “He scored two runs and swung the bat well all weekend.”
Clinton County, however, had to overcome some adversity. The Mariners made four errors and Granville ended up stranding 15 runners in the nine-inning contest.
“We turned four double plays that helped us get out of some tough binds,” said Tolosky. “That was excellent. We made some mistakes, but we also made some key defensive plays when needed.”
Clinton County was able to take advantage of Granville miscues.
The Mariners grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first when Goldfarb singled, stole second and scored on an error. They added two more unearned runs in the third and made it 4-0 in the fourth when Logan Recor drove in a run on a fielder’s choice.
Granville cut its deficit to 4-2 in the fifth, with Nick Burch driving in one of the runs with a single.