July 7, 2013

Jr. Mariners get clutch hits, defeat Watertown


---- — NORFOLK — It was the same recipe for success for the Clinton County Junior Mariners on Saturday.

Andy Kneussle tossed a complete-game, three-hitter, while Brandon Buksa and Caleb Keysor supplied the clutch hits in a 3-1 victory over the Watertown Legion in the Norfolk Rovers Tournament.

The Junior Mariners, who are 14-2 overall, improved to 2-0 in the annual and will play Ogdensburg today at 9 a.m. and then the Ottawa Knights at 11:15 a.m. The tournament is based on a point system.

“The players are getting a lot of confidence and experience, playing against Senior American Legion teams,” assistant coach Bill Hunt said. “We’re just looking to keep it going.”

Kneussle was outstanding as he allowed three hits and struck out nine in going the distance. Clinton County made two errors in the contest and both came in the second inning when Watertown scored its run.

“Kneussle threw 90 pitches in the game and had great command of the strike zone,” Hunt said.

“Once again, we were able to get great pitching and defense. Today, however, we were also able to get some clutch hits.”

It stayed 1-0 until the final two innings when Buksa and Keysor went to work, with a little help from Ryan Whalen.

In the sixth, the Mariners rallied to take the lead when Whalen singled, Buksa doubled and Keysor then delivered a two-run single. Clinton County got an insurance run in the seventh when Buksa doubled with two out and scored on Keysor’s single, giving Keysor three RBI on the day.

“Early in the game, we were hitting the ball, but right at people,” Hunt said. “Later on, they started falling for us and we got some key hits.”

Junior Mariners 3, Watertown 1

Junior Mariners 000 002 1 — 3 9 2

Watertown 010 000 0 — 1 3 1

Kneussle and Altizer. Grayer, Delaney (7) and Meeks. WP- Kneussle. LP- Grayer. 2B- Buksa (M) 2.


LAKE PLACID — The Post 326 Adirondacks Junior American Legion team was finally able to return to the field, but dropped a doubleheader to the Saratoga Junior Stampede.

“Saratoga is a good team and we looked like a team that hadn’t played in quite a while,” Adirondacks coach Rik Cassidy said.

“I know I keep saying it, but we’re a lot younger than the teams we’re playing against and we just need to keep working at it.”

Ryan Trudeau amd Drew Sturgeon led the Adirondacks in the opener with two hits and an RBI each. Chris Clarke, relieved by Kolby Pertak in the fourth, took the loss.

The second game was more competitive as Trudeau went the distance in take the setback.

“We made some costly errors in both games and Ryan deserved a better fate,” Cassidy said.

Noah Mohr’s double and Clarke’s single were the lone hits for Post 326.

The Adirondacks return to the diamond today for an 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. doubleheader versus the Vermont Jays.

Junior Stampede 13, Adirondacks 2

Jr. Stampede 622 000 3 — 13 10 1

Adirondacks 110 000 0 — 2 5 5

Gates, Keefe (6) and Coffey. Clarke, Pertak (4) and Carpenter. WP- Gates. LP- Clarke. 2B- Petralia (JS) 2, Keefe (JS).

Junior Stampede 6, Adirondacks 1

Adirondacks 000 100 0 — 1 2 2

Junior Stampede 003 021 x — 6 9 1

Trudeau and Preston. Wells, Monaco (5), Keefe (7) and Petralia. WP- Wells. LP- Trudeau. 2B- Mohr (A), Redcross (JS).