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July 22, 2007

Mariners win with flair for dramatic

PLATTSBURGH — There was no shortage of drama Saturday night at Lefty Wilson Field.

Dylan Lashway hit a booming three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to power the Mariners to an exciting 10-6 victory over the Brockville Bunnies in the Alex Turner Memorial Tournament.

The Mariners, behind the pitching of Kris Chase, carried a 6-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning. But Brockville put together a six-run inning powered by Matt Wing’s two-out, three-run homer to send the game to extra innings.

Pat Shaughnessy, who picked up the victory in relief, finished the seventh inning and threw two scoreless innings in a gutsy performance to shut the door for the Mariners.

“Shaughnessy did a great job for us. He kept us tied and our sticks came through in the end,” Dylan Lashway said.

It could have been very easy for the Mariners to put their heads down and give up after squandering a six-run lead, but they stayed behind each other and came through with a moral-boosting win.

“We showed a lot of heart tonight,” Mariners head coach Sam Lashway said. “Tonight (Saturday) showed how far we have come as a team. We are growing on each other.”

The Mariners jumped on the board in the second inning on Justin Besaw’s RBI ground-out to put them up 1-0. They added to the lead with two runs in the fourth. Shaughnessy rapped an RBI single, and Chase an RBI ground-out on a hit-and-run.

Nick Furnia then put what looked like the finishing touches on the Bunnies in the sixth inning with a two-out, bases-clearing double to make the score 6-0.

“We played good baseball all day. We hit, pitched and played great defensively,” Sam Lashway said. “It’s too bad we had to win it in extra innings, because Kris (Chase) pitched a great ball game and deserved a win.”

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