SCHENECTADY — Robby Knowles gave the Clinton County Senior Mariners a strong pitching performance in the first game of the day and the Mariners recorded two victories Saturday in the Monsters on the Mohawk Wooden Bat Tournament.
Clinton County (14-6) posted a 2-0 win over Auburn Post 20 of Cranston, R.I. and then a 7-3 decision over the Montreal Titans.
Knowles pitched to one batter in the seventh before giving way to Brandon Rabideau, who got the save. Knowles allowed five hits and struck out four, while Rabideau had two strikeouts.
“Robby pitched an excellent game,” Mariners coach Matt Tolosky said. “We faced a very good opponent and our defense was once again solid behind him.
“We battled through it.”
The Mariners grabbed the lead for good in the first inning when Adam Goldfarb singled and scored on Auburn Post 20’s only two errors of the contest.
It stayed 1-0 until the Rhode Island team threatened in the sixth. Knowles allowed only one hit over the first five innings, but Auburn Post 20 strung together three in the sixth to load the bases with one out.
Mariners’ second baseman Jack Tolosky, however, reached high to grab a line drive on the next batter and flipped the ball to shortstop Kasey Favreau, who stepped on second to complete a double play and end the threat.
“That play was the turning point in the game,” Tolosky said.
The Mariners added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Tolosky bunted for a hit, took second on a hit-and-run infield grounder and then scored on Chris Roenbeck’s double to left field.
Auburn Post 20 got two runners aboard in the seventh before Rabideau struck out the final batter.
Goldfarb, Favreau, Tolosky and Roenbeck had the lone Mariners hits.
Against the Titans, Roenbeck and Logan Recor swung the big bats. Roenbeck finished with a double and two-run homer, while Recor added a double and two singles. Goldfarb, Mitchell Cunningham and Jeremy Barber contributed a hit each as Clinton County rapped out eight hits in all.
Clinton County held a 4-2 lead when it scored three runs in the top of the seventh for some breathing room after the Mariners escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the sixth.
Conor Casey picked up the win and Barber recorded the save. Casey went four innings before being relieved by Ryan Meyer in the fifth.
“They (Montreal) had their opportunities to score — they left 14 runners on base,” Tolosky said. “But that’s the sign of a good team to hold the opponent at bay and put the fire out every time they threatened.”
The Mariners will play the host Schenectady Indians, formerly Anaconda, in today’s 10 a.m. tournament semifinals.
Senior Mariners 2, Auburn Post 20 0
Auburn Post 20 000 000 0 — 0 5 2
Senior Mariners 100 001 x — 2 4 2
Rea and Demers. Knowles, Rabideau (7) and Roenbeck. WP- Knowles. LP- Rea. Sv- Rabideau. 2B- Roenbeck (M).
Senior Mariners 7, Titans 3
Senior Mariners 002 020 3 — 7 8 1
Titans 000 110 1 — 3 5 1
Casey, Meyer (5), Barber (6) and Roenbeck. Schuch and Molloy. WP- Casey. LP- Schuch. Sv- Barber. 2B- Recor (M), Roenbeck (M). HR- Roenbeck (M).