Maine-Endwell Pulls Off Huge Win, Onto the Class A QuarterfinalPosted: Updated:
After defying the odds and defeating No. 1 Lakeland on Thursday, the Maine-Endwell Spartans head to the state semifinals against Section IV's Roosevelt High School.
The Spartans were able to overcome a team led by Gatorade Player of the Year, Joe Vetrano. A walk-off by Joe Mancini ended the game with the win.
Fans from around the section came out to NYSEG Stadium to support Maine-Endwell, something head coach Matt Raleigh believes was crucial for the win, and will only be amplified on Saturday.
"People have heard about this game," said Raleigh. "They're going to want to come out again for another big win."
Senior leadership for the Spartans pushed them to greatness and has been huge all season long, with Joe Mancini and Adam Rutkowski at the helm.
"We've come together as one," said Mancini. "No one plays for themselves."
A win over Roosevelt would lead the Spartans to their first state title since 2008.
"It would be unimaginable," said Rutkowski. "We've dreamed about this since we were Little Leaguers, and now we're finally having the chance to make it happen."