Junior Mariners take 2nd place at tournament

MONTREAL — The Clinton County Junior Mariners went 2-2 in the Montreal Titans U17 tournament over the weekend to finish in second place. The Mariners lost both games to a strong Diamond Baseball Academy.

The Mariners opened the tournament with a loss to Diamond Baseball, 12-11. The Mariners held a 9-4 lead entering the third inning, when Diamond Baseball came roaring back.

The Mariners were led offensively by Zach O’Connell and Wyatt Premore. O’Connell had three hits, including two home runs and five RBIs. Premore contributed two hits and two RBIs.

The second game of the tournament saw the Mariners beat the Montreal Titans, 7-2.

The Mariners started the game with three runs in the first inning and never looked back. The offensive attack was led by Zach Rainville and John Laporte.

Rainville had two hits, including a home run and two RBIs. Laporte also had two hits to help the Mariners’ offense.

On the mound for the Mariners was Zach O’Connell and Jacob Schiraldi. They combined for 10 strikeouts, while giving up three hits. Schiraldi picked up the win, going the last four innings.

In the last game of pool play, the Mariners took on the Malone Nationals.

The Mariners battled back to score five runs in the fifth inning to erase a 2-1 deficit. Rainville led the offensive attack with three hits including a double and RBI.

O’Connell and Premore also helped out with two hits apiece. On the mound, Rainville went five strong innings for the win. He finished with seven strikeouts.

In the championship game, Diamond Baseball jumped out early to a commanding 12-3 lead only to see the Mariners fight their way back into the game before falling 12-9. Rainville had a home run to spark the comeback. Colin Golden had two hits, and Nolan Knight had a double and RBI.

“We played quality opponents all weekend and hit the ball very well the entire weekend,” Clinton County Junior Mariners coach Ryon O’Connell said. “It is still early in the season, and we have a long way to go, but if we continue to hit the ball and run the bases the way we did this weekend, we will be very competitive.

“I was extremely proud of how we responded when were down this weekend. We scored numerous runs with two outs in each game. If we stay focused and continue to battle for each other, good things will happen.”