SCOTIA — After finishing second in a tournament the weekend before, the Clinton County Senior Mariners took it a step further Sunday.
The Mariners (16-6) recorded a 4-2 win over the host Schenectady County Indians and hung on for a 12-11 victory over South Kingstown Post #39 (R.I.) to go 4-0 in two days and repeat in the Monsters on the Mohawk Classic.
“It was a spectacular weekend for us,” said Mariners coach Matt Tolosky. “We played four good teams and we had to dig deep.”
The Mariners’ star against Schenectady County, former Anaconda, was Brandon Rabideau. Rabideau allowed two first-inning runs, but blanked the Indians the rest of the way while striking out eight.
“It takes Brandon a while to warm up and get his rhythm,” said Tolosky. “But he got better and better as the game went on and was throwing harder in the seventh inning than he did in previous innings. He pitched a great game.”
Chris Roenbeck led the Mariners with two hits, while Logan Recor added a RBI double in the first inning and Ryan Meyer a RBI infield hit that gave Clinton County an insurance run in the sixth. Mitch Cunningham, Conor Casey and Jack Tolosky chipped in with singles.
“They were a good opponent and it was a nip-and-tuck game all the way,” said Tolosky. “We really had to battle.”
The following game against Kingstown was a wild one.
“It was a typical game with two teams playing in their fourth games of the weekend,” said Tolosky. “It was 90 degrees and heavy humidity. Both teams had to dig deep and we were able to manufacture a win.”
The Mariners held a 7-3 lead at the end of four innings. Post #39 tied it in the top of the fifth with four runs, only to have Clinton County answer back with five in the bottom of the inning for a 12-7 advantage.