NORFOLK — It was the same recipe for success for the Clinton County Junior Mariners on Saturday.
Andy Kneussle tossed a complete-game, three-hitter, while Brandon Buksa and Caleb Keysor supplied the clutch hits in a 3-1 victory over the Watertown Legion in the Norfolk Rovers Tournament.
The Junior Mariners, who are 14-2 overall, improved to 2-0 in the annual and will play Ogdensburg today at 9 a.m. and then the Ottawa Knights at 11:15 a.m. The tournament is based on a point system.
“The players are getting a lot of confidence and experience, playing against Senior American Legion teams,” assistant coach Bill Hunt said. “We’re just looking to keep it going.”
Kneussle was outstanding as he allowed three hits and struck out nine in going the distance. Clinton County made two errors in the contest and both came in the second inning when Watertown scored its run.
“Kneussle threw 90 pitches in the game and had great command of the strike zone,” Hunt said.
“Once again, we were able to get great pitching and defense. Today, however, we were also able to get some clutch hits.”
It stayed 1-0 until the final two innings when Buksa and Keysor went to work, with a little help from Ryan Whalen.
In the sixth, the Mariners rallied to take the lead when Whalen singled, Buksa doubled and Keysor then delivered a two-run single. Clinton County got an insurance run in the seventh when Buksa doubled with two out and scored on Keysor’s single, giving Keysor three RBI on the day.
“Early in the game, we were hitting the ball, but right at people,” Hunt said. “Later on, they started falling for us and we got some key hits.”
Junior Mariners 3, Watertown 1
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Watertown 010 000 0 — 1 3 1
Kneussle and Altizer. Grayer, Delaney (7) and Meeks. WP- Kneussle. LP- Grayer. 2B- Buksa (M) 2.