PLATTSBURGH — Nothing came easy for the Clinton County Senior Mariners on Saturday.
The Mariners (5-3) dropped a 5-3 contest to Malone Post #219 and then rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Knights to go 1-1 on the first day of the Annual Brian Mehan Wooden Bat Tournament at Lefty Wilson Field.
“Malone came to play, Ottawa came to play and we came to play today,” Mariners coach Matt Tolosky said. “It was a battle all day.
“It’s a tough tournament, and we will need to continue to battle.”
The Mariners return to Wilson Field to play the Brockville Bunnies at 11:30 a.m. and the Colchester Cannons at 4 p.m.
Nine teams are competing in the event, and the two teams with the best records will play in the championship game tonight at 7 p.m.
Prior to the Mariners/Knights contest, a ceremony was held to honor the five newest inductees into the Mariners’ American Legion baseball Hall of Fame — Mike St. Louis, Tim O’Connell, Harold LaFontaine, Joe Staves and Bill Durnin Sr.
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Conor Casey struck out eight while pitching 6.1 strong innings to get the victory. Brandon Rabideau retired the game’s final two batters, with runners on first and third, to get the save.
“Casey pitched an excellent game,” Tolosky said. “And Rabideau came in to nail it down.”
Ottawa held a 2-1 lead until Clinton County scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth for a 4-2 advantage.
A walk to Rabideau and bunt singles by Adam Goldfarb and Jack Tolosky loaded the bases, setting up Logan Recor’s sacrifice fly and ensuing error and Chris Roenbeck’s two-run single.
Ottawa got a run back in the sixth and made it interesting in the seventh when it left runners on second and third when Rabideau fanned the final batter.