July 8, 2013

Mariners come through again

Clinton County repeats in Mohawk Legion baseball tournament


---- — 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.

Kingstown, however, made another comeback and sliced its deficit to one in the sixth before Robby Knowles took over in relief and held Post #39 scoreless the rest of the way, with the help of a double play in the seventh to end the game.

“We didn’t make any errors, but we had too many walks and hit batsmen,” said Tolosky. “Plus, they’re a very good hitting team.

“But, once again, we found a way to win.”

Cunningham rapped out four hits to pace the Mariners’ 12-hit attack. Adam Goldfarb contributed two hits, Roenbeck a two-run homer, Recor a RBI triple, Jeremy Barber and Rabideau doubles, and Knowles and Meyer singles.

Marcus Lefebvre picked up the win in relief.

Next up for the Mariners will be an 8 p.m. Wednesday night game against the Saratoga Stampede in the Coopers Cave Tournament.

Senior Mariners 4, Schenectady 2

Schenectady 200 000 0 — 2 5 1

Senior Mariners 201 001 x — 4 7 1

Marvell, Codding (6) and Webber. Rabideau and Roenbeck. WP- Rabideau. LP- Marvell. 2B- Recor (M).

Senior Mariners 12, South Kingstown 11

South Kingstown 300 044 0 — 11 9 5

Senior Mariners      212 250 x — 12 12 0

Irwin, Barrett (4), Suolan (5), Thomas (5) and Dandemour. Favreau, Lefebvre (5), Meyer (6), Knowles (6) and Barber, Rabideau (3). WP- Lefebvre. LP- Barrett. Sv- Knowles. 2B- Barber (M), Rabideau (M). 3B- Recor (M). HR- Roenbeck (M).

Junior Mariners fall short

NORFOLK — The Clinton County Junior Mariners came up just short Sunday from winning the championship in the Norfolk Rovers American Legion Tournament.

The Mariners rallied for an improbable 11-10 victory over the Ottawa Knights in their first game of the day to improve to 3-0 in the event.

Clinton County (16-3) then dropped a tough 4-3 decision to the Ogdensburg Maples in what turned out to be the title game.

“Ogdensburg was undefeated in the tournament and they won it,” said Mariners coach Gary Duquette. “But we have a real good club and the kids expect to win every game they play.

“Even though there were positives in going 3-1 this weekend against senior teams, nobody on our team was satisfied after we lost our last game. And I like that attitude from the players.”

The Mariners did not get off to a good start against Ottawa. The Knights scored five runs in the third to take a 10-4 lead.

“We played sloppy baseball over the first three innings and made three errors that cost us,” said Duquette.

But Ryan Whalen took over on the mound for Clinton County and held Ottawa scoreless the rest of the way.

“Whalen was outstanding and picked us up,” said Duquette. “If he gives up a run the rest of the way, we don’t win the game.”

The Mariners scored three runs in the sixth to pull to within 10-7 and then tacked on four more in the seventh to win it.

The big hit in the seventh inning was Tristan Archambault’s two-run single. On the play, the ball was bobbled in the outfield and Shawn Courson hustled all the way from first to score the tying run.

Archambault would later come across with the game-winning run on a wild pitch.

“Archambault came through with a huge hit for us,” said Duquette. “It was an awesome comeback for the team.”

Eight Clinton County players rapped a hit each, with Courson and Zach Bingel getting doubles. Whalen picked up the win in relief.

In the championship game, Ogdensburg broke a 2-all tie with two runs in the fourth. The Mariners got one run back in the sixth, but that would be as close as they would get.

“Two of the pitchers we faced against Ogdensburg go to college at Sacred Heart and Clarkson,” said Duquette. “(Breton) LaRose throws very hard.”

The Maples held an 11-5 hit advantage, with Dan Hartman, Buksa, Andy Kneussle, Bingel and Quenton Barber getting the hits for Clinton County. Kneussle and Barber drove in runs.

Brantley Marion, relieved by Gerrit Rietsema in the sixth, took the loss. The Mariners played errorless baseball in the game.

Junior Mariners 11,

Ottawa 10

Ottawa 325 000 0 — 10 12 1

Junior Mariners 310 003 4 — 11 8 3

Stelmach, Rez (5), Orton (7) and Litmen. Buksa, Bingel (3), Whalen (4) and Hartman. WP- Whalen. LP- Orton. 2B- Courson (M), Bingel (M).

Ogdensburg 4,

Junior Mariners 3

Ogdensburg 101 200 0 — 4 11 2

Junior Mariners 020 001 x — 3 5 0

LaRose, Miller (4), Badlam (7) and Taylor. Marion, Rietsema (6) and Hartman. WP- Miller. LP- Marion. Sv- Taylor.

Adirondacks drop pair

LAKE PLACID — There were some more positive signs for the Post 326 Adirondacks’ Sunday in their junior American Legion 6-0 and 2-0 doubleheader loss to the Vermont Jays.

“The highlight of the weekend was our pitching,” said Adirondacks coach Rik Cassidy. “We also played better defensively and didn’t make the two-out errors we have been making that have hurt us.

“We’re swinging the bats a little better. Even though we didn’t score in two games today, we hit the ball at people. The grass was deep and that may have helped take a few hits away from us. And they were very good defensively — they didn’t make any errors in two games.”

Ryan Damp was the losing pitcher in the first game. Drew Sturgeon and Chris Clarke had singles for Post 326’s lone hits.

“I was happy with Ryan’s pitching,” said Cassidy. “He hadn’t been on the mound in a while and he struck out six. He gave up only four hits in going the distance.”

In the second game, Adirondacks’ starter Chris Williams gave his team five shutout innings. The Jays broke through with two runs in the sixth inning.

Ryan Trudeau, Damp and Connor Preston accounted for the Adirondacks’ hits with singles.

“Our pitching was good all weekend in the four games we played and we have more depth than I thought we would have.”

The Adirondacks are scheduled to host the Vermont Outlaws at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Jays 6, Adirondacks 0

Jays 100 130 1 — 6 4 0

Adirondacks  000 000 0 — 0 2 2

Chapman, Combs (7) and Hoover. Damp and Carpenter. WP- Chapman. LP- Damp. 3B- Hoover (J).

Jays 2, Adirondacks 0

Adirondacks 000 000 0 — 0 3 2

Jays 000 002 x — 2 3 0

Williams, MacDougal (6), Pertak (6) and Preston. Benson, Combs (7) and Agan. WP- Benson. LP- MacDougal.