PLATTSBURGH — The Clinton County Junior Mariners got a final tune-up for this weekend’s American Legion District 4 Playoffs with a 9-7 loss to the Vermont Outlaws on Wednesday at South Acres Field.
The Mariners, who will play the Saratoga Stampede U17 team on Friday at 6 p.m. in Glens Falls, are 10-12 on the season.
“We didn’t play bad baseball,” said Mariners coach Gary Duquette. “Even though it was a league game, it was tough for the kids to get fired up. There wasn’t a whole lot of sense of urgency.
“And it didn’t help us to be consistent with the coaching staff using seven pitchers. But we need to get people prepared for the districts.”
The Mariners took a 3-2 lead in the first inning before the Outlaws were able to build up a 9-4 advantage going into the bottom of the seventh when Clinton County made a comeback bid with three runs.
Keagan Horton pitched the first five innings to get the win for Vermont. Brandon Buksa, the fifth of seven Mariner hurlers, took the loss.
Matt Baechle rapped out three hits, while Hayden Smith, Connor Bradley and Alex Henning added two apiece in a 12-hit attack. Jake LeVan added a triple and one of Smith’s hits was a double.
Buksa accounted for two doubles and Jeremy Barber two singles and three RBI for the Mariners. Nathan Emery chipped in with two hits and Mitchell Cunningham a double as Clinton County had 10 hits in all.
“We were able to get our pitchers an inning of work and we didn’t make any errors against — which is good,” said Duquette. “We also hit the ball pretty well. But we need to cut down on the walks we allowed.”
Outlaws 9, Mariners 7
Outlaws 211 022 1 — 9 12 0
Mariners 310 000 3 — 7 10 0
Horton, Lipman (6) and Smith. Meyer, J. Barber (2), Kneussle (3), Delello (4), Buksa (5), Rascoe (6), Tolosky (7) and Altizer. WP- Horton. LP- Buksa. 2B- Smith (O), Buksa (M) 2, Cunningham (M). 3B- LeVan (O).