UTICA — The smallest team at the New York State American Legion Senior Baseball Tournament made some big noise Wednesday.
The 12-player Clinton County Mariners, led by Jack Tolosky, pounded out 19 hits in an 11-8 victory over Ferris Goodridge Post in opening-round play at Donovan Stadium’s Murnane Field.
The Mariners play the winner of the Melvin Roads/New Hartford game, which was played late Wednesday night, at 8 p.m. tonight in a winner’s bracket contest. Melvin Roads is the team that knocked Clinton County rival Saratoga out in the districts.
“We had to overcome some early jitters and a couple of mistakes,” Mariners coach Matt Tolosky said. “We made only three errors, but they were costly ones.
“But we showed great resiliency. Every time they made a run at us, we responded. I was proud of our team. To be able to bounce back the way we did is a sign of a good team.”
Jack Tolosky rapped out five singles in six trips to the plate and made a key defensive play in the ninth inning at second base to help preserve the victory.
Robby Knowles added a double and two singles, Chris Roenbeck two doubles, Tanner Rascoe a triple and single, Ryan Meyer a double and single, and Logan Recor two singles for the Mariners (25-8). Adam Goldfarb, Mitch Cunningham and Conor Casey had a single each as every Clinton County starter got into the hit parade.
“This obviously had to be one of our best hitting games of the season,” Tolosky said. “And we needed it to be because of the runs that were scored.
“We were able to get offensive contributions up and down the line-up and it was a solid team effort. We also made some good defensive plays as well at key times.”