They didn't come this far, just to come this far. The Maine-Endwell baseball team has won three thrillers in a row, finding themselves in the State Semifinals for the second time in three years.

Up two in the seventh inning of the Section IV Championship with two outs and the bases loaded, and it ended in celebration.

Then tied heading into the ninth inning of their first state playoff game.

"We definitely felt confident going in that last inning," said senior shortstop and Central Connecticut State commit, Jack Hennessey. "It was due for that game to be over."

And it ended as Austyn Nyschot brought in a run and the Spartans won the nine-inning marathon.

"Jack being a runner on base, my only job was to get him in," said senior second baseman and Ithaca football commit Austyn Nyschot. "So having that base hit, that was huge, but just finding the way to get him in was really my main goal."

And most recently, closing out the Regional Final with a 5-3 victory.

The Maine-Endwell Spartans with three straight nail-biting wins heading into the final four.

"We've done the things that you have to do," said Maine-Endwell head coach Matt Raleigh. "You have to play defense, you have to pitch. We've done both of those and we've had some timely hits."

The Spartans now rear their heads to the semifinals, where their season ended back in 2022.

"I mean, these feel like two completely different years because when I was a sophomore catching, I was freaking out back there," said senior catcher and Niagara County Community College baseball commit, Santino Michitti. "This year, it's a little bit easier to be back there. I learned a lot. I've learned to just try to control my emotions during these big games and just try to do whatever I can."

And right now, that's taking on Section Three's Jamesville-Dewitt.

"We got to go about it and we can't try to match power with power," Raleigh said. "We've got to slow it down. And, just go up there with the right approach."

And getting to this point is an accomplishment on its own. With Saturday's win, Maine-Endwell ensured they'd be in the state final four in football, baseball and basketball.

"I think it speaks a lot of not just men and all sports in general. I think a lot of us have been here before, so we're more comfortable being in this situation," Hennessey said. "And we all you know, we all feel confident going into these games."

So extra-innings, nail-biters, pitching duels, whatever happens this weekend, the Spartans are gonna feel good about their chances.

"We're all very excited obviously," Michitti said. "Can't wait. A great way to end my senior season would be a State Chip. I mean, we didn't come this far, just to come this far. We want to win it all."

The Spartans will play JD on Friday at Union-Endicott. First pitch is scheduled for 4 pm. If the Spartans win, they will play the winner of Sutherland vs. Kings Park at Mirabito Stadium on Saturday, scheduled for 1 pm.

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