Sunday, August 03, 2014
Endicott Post Clinches State Baseball Title
UTICA — Endicott Post 82 clinched the New York State American Legion Baseball Championship Sunday in a double-win against Saratoga Stampede.
Endicott, with one loss in the tournament, entered the final round against an undefeated Saratoga, so its first 10-6 triumph forced a playoff game. where it also took a 6-0 win.
Endicott now goes to Brooklawn, NJ, for the Mid-Atlantic Regionals starting Aug. 7.
State Baseball Chair Bruce Mayfield presented the Big Stick Award for highest batting average to Endicott’s Cameron Krowiak, who batted .526 in the tournament, and the Most Valuable Player Award to Endicott pitcher Nick Yesensky.
Tournament Director Mike Macchione saluted both Saratoga and Endicott players for their skill, competitiveness and sportsmanship, and drew cheers when he said that it doesn’t get much better than playing top-notch baseball in American Legion uniforms.
Endicott Coach Jeff McKeveny said he gave a pre-game pep talk to his players about family values, and fathers and sons playing ball — which brought to mind his own deceased dad, whose birthday was “today”; perhaps, a portent of a good game. “The kicker is,” he said, “he would have been 82 (the same number as Endicott Post 82).”
He added that it was “a terrific experience with a terrific group of kids,” and he praised “the wonderful people in the Utica community and the wonderful people directing the tournament.”
“We’re very proud to represent New York State.”