Endwell, N.Y. - The Cooperstown High School baseball team is going further than any other before them had gone.
The Hawkeyes defeated Section XI's Pierson/Bridgehampton, out of Long Island, 5-2 at Maine-Endwell High School in the New York State Class C semifinals, Friday, to advance to the state championship game for the first time in program history.
"It's the greatest feeling in the world," said sophomore Chris Ubner. "I can't wait to go out there tomorrow and just do our thing. Just keep going, keep rolling."
Pierson took an early lead with a two-run bottom of the first off of an RBI triple and RBI single.
Cooperstown regrouped and responded, scoring three runs in the top of the second to grab a 3-2 lead thanks to a throwing error and two-run double from Kendall Haney.
It was a lead they would never give up.
In the fifth, the Hawkeyes added to their lead with Sam Bonderoff bringing home Ubner on a sacrifice fly.
They further padded the lead in the seventh with Bonderoff forcing an error with a tough chopper to third that was mishandled, once again allowing Ubner to score from third.
Ubner then relieved Eric Deysenroth on the mound in the bottom of the seventh to get the final two outs, earning the save and closing out the history-clinching victory.
Haney got the start and pitched 2 2/3 innings for the Hawkeyes, giving up two runs while Deysenroth tossed 3 1/3 shutout innings in relief.
With the win, this 2019 Hawkeyes team now advances further than any other team in program history, topping the run made in 2017.
"That 2017 team was stacked," said Haney, a sophomore. "Reilly [Hall], Taylor [Price], Dante [Wellman], all of them, and to know that we've outplayed them and we're going farther than they have is a great feeling."
In his 29th year at the helm, Hawkeyes head coach Frank Miosek gets his first shot in a state title game, as well.
"It's a tribute to these young men," said Miosek. It's a tribute to all their parents, to all their youth coaches, all the Little League coaches. It's a community thing. It's not my team, it's not [assistant coach Matt Hazzard's] team, it's a community team."
For Hazzard, who manages the pitching staff, it's all come full circle. After making school history as a player, now he's doing it as a coach.
"I was part of the 1999 class that won our first ever sectional championship," said Hazzard. "Now, playing for a state championship is something that I can't even fathom."
No. 2 state-ranked Cooperstown goes up against Ticonderoga for the Class C state title on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Binghamton University.
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