PLATTSBURGH "" After opening the season with a 1-2 showing in the Mainely Lobster & Seafood Tournament, the Clinton County Mariners will be looking for a better outcome this weekend when they host the Alex Turner Memorial Tournament.

The tournament is today and Sunday at Lefty Wilson and South Acres fields, with the Mariners opening up against the Norfolk Rovers, today at 11:30 a.m. at Lefty Wilson.

The Mariners, 12-11, are coming off two losses and head coach Sam Lashway is hoping they can get back on track this weekend.

"I don't think that it will be a problem for us to get going again," he said. "When we have all our starters available, we play much better defense and we feed off our defense."

"When (Pat) Shaughnessy, (Nick) Furnia and (Tory) Bouyea go, we go," said Lashway. "We're looking for more consistency all the way through the lineup. If we get that consistency, we should be just fine."

Pitching has been a strength all year for the Mariners, and the depth of the staff will be tested this weekend with four games in two days.

Matt LaMora, who will get the start against Norfolk, along with Justin Besaw, Kris Chase and Matt LaVarnway, are the Mariners' four starters for the weekend.

"We have been getting great pitching all year," Lashway said. "If we can get five innings out of our starters we will be in good shape."

The Mariners, Norfolk, Ticonderoga, Brockville and Malone will comprise the five-team field. It is a field that the Mariners are familiar with.

So, they know what to expect with the exception of Brockville, who the Mariners have not faced.

"The teams match up very well so it should be a competitive tournament," Lashway said. "We are looking forward to compete and hopefully things will go our way."

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