KEENE, N.H. — There were some positives over the weekend for the Clinton County Senior Mariners.
Sunday, however, wasn’t one of them.
Doylestown (Pa.) Post #210 rolled to a 12-1, 5-inning victory over the Mariners in the championship game of the 38th-Annual Karl “Gubby” Underwood Wooden Bat Tournament held, the oldest American Legion baseball tournament in the United States, at the Keene High School fields.
The Mariners (10-6), who won two of three games and a tie-breaker on Saturday to advance to the finals in the eight-team event, didn’t help their cause against the defending Pennsylvania state champions with four costly errors after making just a combined three in three games the day before.
“I feel for starter Ryan Meyer because six of the seven runs against him were unearned,” said Mariners coach Matt Tolosky.
“After not playing so long and then having to play three games on Saturday, maybe it took more out of us than I expected. But that’s taking anything away from our opponent — they were very good.”
Doylestown’s offense off three Mariner pitchers accounted for 12 hits, including three-run and solo homers over the fence with a wooden bat by Liam Kolar, who was hitting last in the Doylestown batting order.
Andrew Check struck out six and allowed four hits in going the five innings for the win.
Brandon Rabideau, Adam Goldfarb, Jeremy Barber and Marcus Lefebvre rapped the lone hits for Clinton County, with Barber driving in the lone Mariners’ run.
“We had to play hard on Saturday against some quality competition to get here,” said Tolosky. “It was a thrill to get to the finals in a tournament like this, but I think we ran out of gas today.
“The quality of opponent in every game we played will help us down the road. Even though we didn’t play well today, finishing second was a good accomplishment for us. I was proud of the kids for what they did this weekend — it just wasn’t our day today.”
The Mariners have a day off before hosting the Colchester Cannons at 6 p.m. on Tuesday night at Lefty Wilson Field.
Doylestown 12, Mariners 1 (5)
Doylestown 052 23 — 12 12 1
Mariners 000 10 — 1 4 4
Check and Sebesky. Meyer, Richards (3), Barber (4) and Rabideau. WP- Check. LP- Meyer. HR- Kolar (D) 2.