---- — SARATOGA — Conor Casey gave the Clinton County Senior Mariners a solid pitching performance Thursday and the Mariners got back on the winning track with a 10-3 victory over S.D. Ireland, Vt. in the Cooper’s Cave Tournament.
Clinton County (17-7), which is 1-1 in the event, plays two games today — at noon against North Kingston Shoreline, R.I. and at 5:30 p.m. versus Saugerties Post.
Casey kept his pitch count down and took a one-hit shutout into the seventh inning before allowing three runs.
“Conor did a superb job,” Mariners coach Matt Tolosky said. “And we made only one error and played very good defense behind him.”
Casey struck out eight and walked just one over the first six innings. In the seventh, the Vermont American Legion team tallied three runs on two doubles and three walks.
The Mariners supported Casey with a 10-hit attack, including five hits in five innings against S.D. Ireland ace David Mikell. Mikell fanned nine in five innings, but Clinton County hit the ball well enough to force numerous S.D. Ireland miscues.
The Vermont team made seven errors in all behind Mikell and his reliever.
“He (Mikell) is their No. 1 pitcher, and we battled through it,” Tolosky said. “He’s good and throws well.
“We were able to put the ball in play enough and capitalized on their mistakes.”
Logan Recor and Jeremy Barber led the Mariners with two hits each, with Barber scoring three runs and Recor getting a double.
Adam Goldfarb also doubled, while Jack Tolosky, Chris Roenbeck, Robby Knowles, Brandon Rabideau and Marcus Lefebvre added a hit each.
“We got contributions up and down the lineup,” Tolosky said. “We got good offensive production today.”
Tolosky singled in a run in a two-run fourth for a 3-0 lead, and Knowles added an RBI hit in the fifth for a 4-0 advantage. Mikell’s pitch count was over 100 for his five innings, and he was taken out after five.
Clinton County then added four runs in the sixth to break it open. Goldfarb doubled in two runs, Recor doubled in another and Roenbeck was safe on an error, with the fourth run crossing the plate.
The Mariners closed out the scoring with two unearned runs in the seventh.
“Hopefully, this will give us a little momentum going into (today),” Tolosky said. “We’re fighting for a playoff spot in the tournament.”
Senior Mariners 10, S.D. Ireland 3
Senior Mariners 010 214 2 — 10 10 1
S.D. Ireland 000 000 3 — 3 3 7
Casey and Roenbeck. Mikell, Stanley (6) and Ireland. WP- Casey. LP- Mikell. 2B- Goldfarb (SM), Recor (SM), Halvorson (S.D.) 2, Russell (S.D.).