---- — PLATTSBURGH — Clinton County Senior Mariners coach Matt Tolosky has believed in his team’s talent from the start.
His players have proved him right.
The Clinton County Senior Mariners are as prepared as they’re going to be heading into this week’s New York State American Legion Tournament in Utica.
The double-elimination event, which features eight teams, begins today at 9 a.m. with Middletown opposing West Seneca.
The Mariners (24-8, 21-8) are up next against Ferris Goodridge from the Rochester area. Ferris Goodridge is comprised of mostly players from Spencerport.
Rounding out today’s opening round will be Smith Post versus Vestal Post, followed by Melvin Roads against New Hartford Post. Melvin Roads eliminated the Saratoga Stampede in district play.
“Our team spirit is good and the kids are positive,” Mariners coach Matt Tolosky said. “The players are supporting one another and our goal is to pick it up down there. We’re not just happy to be there.
“We know we’re going to see some outstanding teams. But we want to take it to the next level. This is a young team we have — we’re only losing three players next year off this team. When we play well, we’re a force to be reckoned with.”
It’s been a solid season for the Mariners, who recently won the District IV championship in Granville.
“We played against quality competition in the Gubby, Anaconda and Cooper’s Cave Tournaments,” Tolosky said. “We have beaten Saratoga, Anaconda, the defending Legion champion from Rhode Island and Danielson Post from Connecticut this season. We feel the competition we’ve faced has prepared us. We’ve beaten some very good teams.”
Early in the season, pitching and defense carried the Mariners. As the campaign has gone on, the hitting has picked up.
“You never know what player is going to come through for us,” Tolosky said. “We have that deep a line-up.
“Our team batting average has increased over the course of the season. Any player we plug in the line-up anywhere from one to nine we have confidence in. Everyone on the team has contributed to the team’s success at some point.
“At the states, our pitchers will need to limit their walks, we will need to continue to play good defense and we will have to get contributions offensively up and down the line-up. We have to play to our potential.”
The Mariners’ roster at the states will include Logan Recor, Chris Roenbeck, Jeremy Barber, Jack Tolosky, Robby Knowles, Mitchell Cunningham, Ryan Meyer, Tanner Rascoe, Marcus Lefebvre, Adam Goldfarb, Brandon Rabideau, Conor Casey and Kasey Favreau.