WATERTOWN — It hasn’t been the most ideal of starts for the Clinton Community baseball team.
The Cougars (2-7) surrendered 33 runs in 10 innings, dropping consecutive contests to Jefferson Community College Saturday afternoon 13-7 and 20-1.
“(Saturday) didn’t go too well,” Clinton coach Tom Neale said. “We didn’t field the ball well. We played hard, but we made errors in the field, and they did a good job capitalizing”
In game one, the Cougars allowed six runs in the bottom of the first inning.
“We hurt ourselves badly with a bunch of runs at the outset,” Neale said. “We had a miscue with one out, and the floodgates opened.”
Kristian Sherman hit the team’s lone extra-base hit, a double.
Joshua Amann was credited with win on the mound for the Cannoneers (14-11), pitching six innings and giving up three runs. Russell Merrill was tagged with the loss.
Jefferson finished with 13 runs on 12 hits with two errors, while Clinton accounted for seven runs on eight hits and seven errors.
In game two, pitching woes proved to plague the Cougars again.
Fourteen runs in the bottom of the second inning helped the Cannoneers jump out to a commanding 16-run lead.
“We had a player come in who doesn’t pitch a lot and gave him a chance,” Neale said. “Everyone played hard. It wasn’t an effort issue. We just didn’t play well.”
Jordan Delaney picked up the win for Jefferson with Joe Tolosky taking the loss.
The Cannoneers belted 20 runs on 12 hits in just four innings at the plate.
Chris Roenbeck, though, belted a home run in the first inning, which was one of six Cougars hits in the game.
Clinton plays host to Jefferson today at 1 p.m.
Jefferson 13, Clinton 7
Clinton 000 301 3 — 7 8 7
Jefferson 601 222 x — 13 12 2
Merrill and Roenbeck. Aman, Mera (7), McDougall (7) and Parker. WP- Aman. LP- Merrill. 2B- Decker (JCC), Parker (JCC), Mastervick (JCC), Sherman (CCC). 3B- Simmons (JCC).
Jefferson 20, Clinton 1
Clinton 1 0 0 00 — 1 6 3
Jefferson 3(14)2 1x —20 12 1
Tolosky, Leta (2) and Roenbeck. Delaney, Weller (5) and Hardie. WP- Delaney. LP- Tolosky. 2B- Mastervick (JCC), Roggie (JCC). 3B- Decker (JCC) 2. HR- Hardie (JCC), Roenbeck (CCC).
SOFTBALLNORTH COUNTRY 14ADIRONDACK 11
SARANAC LAKE — The North Country Community College softball team rallied for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning Friday and defeated Adirondack Community College, 14-11.
Emily Lapage led the Saints (5-0) with a single, double, triple and four RBI, while Chelsea LaFountain added two singles, a double and three RBI. Alexis Nicols and Christina Rabideau chipped in with two hits apiece, with Nicols getting a double and two RBI.
Sarah Biers went the distance for the pitching win.
Keara Warner paced Adirondack with three hits, while Trish Shephard added two, with a two-run homer being one of them.
Adirondack held an 8-7 lead when North Country broke through for seven runs in the sixth. The visitors then got three back in the top of the seventh.
The second game of the doubleheader was rained out.
North Country has a busy week ahead with six doubleheaders in seven days, starting with a twinbill at Jefferson Community College on Monday.
North Country 14, Adirondack 11
Adirondack 430 100 3 — 11 10 2
North Country 033 107 x — 14 14 5
Peck, Barber (4), Peck (6) and Forth. Biers and Rabideau. WP- Biers. LP- Peck. 2B- Nicols (NCCC), LaFountain (NCCC), Lapage (NCCC), Gary (NCCC). 3B- Lapage (NCCC). HR- Shephard (ACC).