Cooperstown is the last local high school baseball team standing.
Starting on Friday at Maine-Endwell High School, the Hawkeyes will be competing in the school’s second Class C Final Four in the last three seasons.
“This is a really exciting time for us,” Sam Bonderoff said. “I was on the last team that made it (to the Final Four) two years ago, and I remember all the hype going into that game. I think we’re all ready for it.”
Cooperstown almost didn’t make it. They had to pull off a miraculous comeback against Tioga in the Class C Regionals.
“No one put their heads down,” Bonderoff said. “The reality was we were only down three and we needed to at least tie it up to keep the game going.”
Instead trailing 7-4, the Hawkeyes rallied for four runs to pick up the 8-7 win.
“That victory was just glorifying satisfaction,” head coach Frank Miosek said. “The young people we work with achieved a tremendous goal and were a part of something they’ll probably never forget.”
Cooperstown started the year at 4-4, but responded with 15 consecutive wins to position themselves to do something no team in school history has ever done; win a state title.
“It would mean a lot,” Ryan Lansing said. “It would be crazy to win another state title here (after basketball season) and no better place to do it than the home of baseball.”
The Hawkeyes will face Pierson on Friday at 5pm. If they win that game, they’ll play for a state title on Saturday at Binghamton University.