PLATTSBURGH — The Clinton County Juniors Mariners got their American Legion baseball season off to a good start Wednesday.
Clinton County held the Colchester Junior Cannons off the scoreboard after the first inning and claimed a 6-1 victory at South Acres Field.
“We showed an unusual cohesion for the first game,” Clinton County coach Gary Duquette said. “They play against each other all year long, and suddenly they have to play together. And it seemed like they had been playing together for a while.
“It was only first game; we’ll see how it goes. But I liked what I saw in the first game.”
Colchester put up a run in the top of the first, and then the Junior Mariners built a 4-1 lead by scoring one run in each of the first four innings. They added two more in the sixth.
Shawn Courson had two hits for Clinton County, and Zach Bingel rapped a double. Caleb Keysor drove in two runs.
Andy Kneussle pitched the first three innings for the Junior Mariners, and Brantley Marion went the next three. Nate Stanton threw the seventh. They limited the Junior Cannons to three singles.
“Our pitching was excellent,” Duquette said. “All three of our pitchers showed outstanding command of the strike zone. They made it easy on our defense.”
Noah Baez pitched five innings for Colchester and took the loss.
The Junior Mariners will host the Saratoga Junior Stampede at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lefty Wilson Field.
Clinton County Jr. Mariners 6, Colchester Jr. Cannons 1
Colchester 100 000 0 — 1 3 2
Clinton Cty. 111 102 x — 6 8 1
N. Baez, McDowell (6) and Palistis. Kneussle, Marion (4), Stanton and Altizer, Hartman (4). WP- Marion. LP- N. Baez. 2B- Bingel (CC).