PLATTSBURGH — The Clinton County Junior Mariners got back on track Tuesday.
After suffering its first loss Sunday in Middletown, the American Legion baseball team was back at home and defeated the Post 326 Adirondacks 8-4 at Lefty Wilson Field.
Mickey Pepper allowed one earned run in five-plus innings as he picked up the win.
“After the Middletown trip, we had a lot of tired arms, and Mickey Pepper eating up five strong innings was really what we needed,” Clinton County coach Gary Duquette said. “He did a great job.”
The Junior Mariners (8-1) took a 2-0 lead in the second inning and then had a five-run fourth, sparked by Gerrit Rietsema’s two-run single. Caleb Keysor followed with an RBI single.
Rietsema finished with three hits, Keysor and Blake Altizer had two and Shawn Courson drove in two runs.
“Our plate discipline was excellent,” Duquette said. “We don’t swing at very many bad pitches. We take a lot of walks and don’t strike out much.”
The coach added that his players showed good hustle.
“We had two guys beat out infield hits,” Duquette said. “This is a team that it doesn’t matter where the ball is hit, they run down the line 100 percent every time.”
Clinton County kept Post 326 off the board until the sixth inning.
Ryan Trudeau went the distance on the mound for the Adirondacks.
“He threw pretty hard. He’s one of the harder throwers we’ve seen this year,” Duquette said. “And he kept the ball down. He did a really good job.”
Dillon Savage led the Adirondacks at the plate with a double and two singles.
Junior Mariners 8, Adirondacks 4
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Jr. Mariners 020 501 x — 8 8 2
Trudeau and Savage. Pepper, Zach Bingel (6) and Tristan Archambeault (7). WP- Pepper. LP- Trudeau. 2B- Savage (A), Keysor (JM).