NEW HARTFORD — An outstanding pitching performance by Robby Knowles highlighted the Clinton County Senior Mariners’ 4-1 victory over Melvin Roads on Friday in the New York State American Legion Tournament.
The Mariners (27-8), 3-0 in the double-elimination event, also defeated Middletown Post 13-5 Friday night — details of the game will be in Sunday’s edition. They are back on the field today at 8 p.m.
Knowles struck out two, walked three and surrendered three hits. His teammates made just one error behind him.
“Robby was in command,” Mariners coach Matt Tolosky said. “He showed confidence on the mound and kept a good-hitting team off balance.
“He was certainly effective at getting ground balls and didn’t allow Melvin Roads to get good wood on the ball. That helped allow our team to gain confidence on defense.”
The Mariners, who rapped out 19 hits in an 11-8 decision over Ferris Goodridge two days before, had 10 hits against Melvin Roads, which had recorded a 14-1 first-round victory over New Hartford.
Chris Roenbeck led the way with a double and singles, while Knowles added two singles and two RBI. Ryan Meyer contributed a triple, Tanner Rascoe a double, and Jack Tolosky, Adam Goldfarb, Logan Recor and Mitch Cunningham a single each. Tolosky reached base all four times with a base hit and three walks. He also stole two bases.
“We were rock solid again offensively,” Tolosky said. “We didn’t strike out very much and hit some hard shots that were caught.
“Right now, you never know what player is going to come up big for us. You never know who is going to get a big single, double, triple, sacrifice bunt or walk. We’re getting contributions from everyone.”
Melvin Roads broke on top with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Greg Ruddy led off with a single, took second on an error, was sacrificed to third and scored on John Stanley’s single to right field.