NORFOLK — The Clinton County Senior Mariners opened their league season with a doubleheader sweep at the Norfolk Rovers on Sunday.
The Mariners (2-1, 2-0), broke loose for a 12-3 victory in the first game and recorded a 10-0, five-inning win in the second.
In the opener, it was a 3-all game after four innings before the Mariners took the lead for good with one run in the fifth and then added two more runs in the sixth and six in the seventh.
Clinton County finished with 18 hits in all.
Blake Altizer accounted for two doubles and two singles, Brandon Buksa two doubles and three RBI, Mitchell Cunningham a double and two singles, Conor Casey three singles and three RBI, Ryan Meyer two singles, Caleb Keysor a double and Jack Tolosky, Andy Kneussle and Jeremy Barber one hit apiece.
“We got contributions up and down the line-up,” Mariners coach Matt Tolosky said. “Leading the way were Buksa and Casey, who drove in three runs each, Altizer and Cunningham.
“We did a good job getting on base, as well as getting a lot of extra-base hits. It was very exciting to see.”
Robby Knowles allowed three runs in the fourth while going five innings for the pitching win, striking out seven. Meyer went the final two innings and fanned two.
“It was good to get Robby back out there on the mound and it didn’t take long for him to look like his old self,” Tolosky said. “And Ryan Meyer did a good job finishing it up.”
Meanwhile, the second game was called because of the 10-run rule after five innings. Kneussle struck out six and surrendered five hits in going the distance for the shutout.
“Kneussle was very aggressive and was throwing very hard,” Tolosky said. “He is going to be a welcome addition to our pitching staff.”