PLATTSBURGH — Chris Roenbeck, after hitting two booming home runs earlier in the game, didn’t hit the ball nearly as far in his final at bat Monday.
But, it had even more importance as his two-out, two-run walk-off single gave the Clinton County Senior Mariners’ an 8-7 win over the Burlington Lynx at Lefty Wilson Field.
The Mariners (6-3) rallied from an early 6-1 deficit to tie the contest before the Lynx regained the lead in the top of the seventh.
“After falling behind the way we did, it was a great character win for us,” Mariners coach Matt Tolosky said. “Burlington swung the bats well.”
The Mariners trailed, 6-4, in the sixth inning when Tanner Rascoe walked and Roenbeck followed with a two-run blast to tie the game.
But in the seventh, the Lynx got a one-out walk and that was it for Mariners’ reliever Ryan Meyer, who had taken over with one out in the second inning.
Reliever Brandon Rabideau allowed a one-out single, but Jake Richards made a nice play at first base to get the second out, holding the runners at second and third. A wild pitch, however, allowed the lead run to score before Rabideau avoided further trouble by getting a strikeout.
“Ryan Meyer gave us a great performance in long relief,” Tolosky said. “He kept us in the game and gave us an opportunity to win.”
In the bottom of the seventh, the Mariners loaded the bases with nobody out on a walk to Rabideau, a bunt single by Jeremy Barber and a walk to Robby Knowles. But a strikeout and infield pop to second brought the Lynx to within one out of the win. With the outfield playing deep with good reason, Roenbeck sent a two-strike fly ball to center that fell in to drive in the tying and winning runs.
“I really believe our hitting is going to come around,” Tolosky said. “You saw part of that tonight with Chris, who was phenomenal.”
Roenbeck, who finished with five RBI, added a solo homer in the second. In the third, Clinton County cut its deficit to 6-4 with three runs on a walk to Adam Goldfarb and singles by Knowles, Logan Recor and Rascoe.
Roenbeck led the Mariners with three hits, while seven other Clinton County players each had a hit.
“Chris had a huge game, but we were also able to get contributions from different players throughout the lineup and that’s the way we’ve envisioned it,” Tolosky said.
“Defensively, Mitchell Cunningham played a great game at third base.”
The Mariners return to the diamond today with a 6 p.m. game at the Norfolk Rovers.
Mariners 8, Lynx 7
Lynx 141 000 1 — 7 10 2
Mariners 013 002 2 — 8 10 1
Hatin, Cote (6), W. Ackerman (7) and Boardman. Tolosky, Meyer (2), Rabideau (7) and Roenbeck. WP- Rabideau. LP- Cote. 2B- Forehand (L), W. Ackerman (L), Parent (L) 2, Lefebvre (M). HR- Roenbeck (M) 2.