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.
MARINERS 4,OTTAWA KNIGHTS 3
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.
The Mariners’ first run came in the second when a walk to Tanner Rascoe and bunt hits by Jake Richards and Ryan Meyer set up Jeremy Barber’s sacrifice fly.
Cody Bradley allowed six hits to six different Mariners in going the distance for the loss.
“Their pitcher also threw the ball very well,” Tolosky said. “We had to scratch and claw for everything we got, and I’m proud of the guys for coming back to win the second game.”
MALONE POST #219 5,MARINERS 3
Brandon Welch had a big game for the Malone Legion.
Welch struck out eight, walked four and allowed seven hits in going the distance for the pitching win. He struck out five in the final two innings.
At the plate, Welch went 3-for-4, including a two-run home run in the first inning, and scored three runs.
Alex Johnson added a double and two runs for Malone, while Austin Lamay rapped a two-run single in the fifth inning that proved to be the margin of difference.
Recor led the Mariners with a double, a single and an RBI, while Tolosky added two singles. Rascoe and Roenbeck each doubled, with Rascoe driving in a run. Robby Knowles struck out six in going the distance for the loss.
“I give Malone credit, and their pitcher got stronger as the game went on,” Tolosky said. “We had our chances but left too many men on base. We weren’t able to get the two-out hits we needed.”
Clinton County stranded eight runners, including two each in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
In other tournament games, Roberts Post #161 recorded a 5-2 victory over the Montreal Rockies, the Brockville Bunnies a 3-2 decision over the Montreal Titans, the Colchester Cannons a 7-4 win over Roberts Post #161, the Montreal Titans a 13-3 triumph over Parkhurst Post #1448, Ottawa a 7-4 win over Malone, Brockville a 2-1 decision over Parkhurst Post and Colchester an 11-1 victory over the Rockies.
Malone Post #219 5, Mariners 3
Malone Post #219 201 020 0 — 5 10 1
Mariners 200 010 0 — 3 7 3
Welch and Lamay. Knowles and Roenbeck. WP- Welch. LP- Knowles. 2B- Johnson (Mal), Lewis (Mal), Recor (Mar), Rascoe (Mar), Roenbeck (Mar). HR- Welch (Mal).
Mariners 4, Ottawa Knights 3
Ottawa 010 101 0 — 3 6 2
Mariners 010 030 x — 4 6 5
Bradley and Romand. Casey, Rabideau (7) and Rabideau, Roenbeck (7). WP- Casey. LP- Bradley. Sv- Rabideau. 3B- Park (O).