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April 18, 2014

Cougars pick up first win in split with Hudson Valley

PLATTSBURGH — The Clinton Community College baseball team finally got off the schneid Thursday.

After starting its season on a six-game losing streak while being outscored 69-9, the Cougars registered their first victory of 2014 at South Acres Field.

Clinton defeated Hudson Valley Community College in dramatic fashion 6-5 before falling to the Vikings in the second game 7-1.

In the opener, Adam Goldfarb’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning sent Kaleb Snide home to score and secure the win.

Kristian Sherman was credited with the victory on the mound, going the distance on five runs, 11 hits and four walks.

“Kristian went the whole way and gave us a chance to win,” Cougars coach Tom Neale said. “Fortunately, we were able to score twice in that last inning.”

Clinton (1-7) jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the second frame when captain Chris Roenbeck slugged a bases-clearing double.

“That was a big lift for us,” Neale said. “It gave us the idea we may be able to compete. We needed something like that this year. We haven’t played too many games, and we needed a big hit to help ignite us.”

Hudson Valley scored twice in the sixth and on one occasion in the seventh before Goldfarb’s late-game heroics.

“I was happy for our players,” Neale said. “They believed they could compete. We didn’t play all that well, but we hung in there. We had a lot of good at-bats. We beat a good team.”

Dalton Castine went 4-for-4 at the plate for the Cougars. Roenbeck had two hits, including the three-RBI double. Snide added two hits.

In the second game of the doubleheader, the Vikings jumped out to a four-run lead after two.

“They got on us early,” Neale said. “They did a good job at the plate. They put down a couple nice bunts right down the line. That sent us backward a little bit. We had a couple guys get on base in a couple of innings, but we couldn’t push runs across. We might’ve been too happy with our win.”

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