Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Seton baseball team is chasing history this weekend in the form of back-to-back state championships. After capturing the school's first state title in school history, Seton's four senior captains couldn't help but reminisce on last year's run.
"It was kind of surreal. Taking the whole ride all the way," said senior Rob Olsen. "Going to NYSEG, going to the dinners and everything, it seemed so surreal to be the ones that won it all."
"We didn't really expect to go that far," said senior Connor McCormack. "So each game was kind of a new thing for us."
"It was definitely a cool feeling and hopefully we get to experience it all again," added Michael Korchak.
They've been there, and they've done that.
"They're comfortable being state champions, and defending that," coach Jim Miller says.
After a roller coaster ride to claim its first state title last year, the Seton baseball team finds itself two wins away from a second.
"You not only have to be good, but you have to be lucky," said Miller. "So to go back-to-back, I guess you've got to be doubly good and doubly lucky."
So far it has been so good for the Saints on both accounts. The ball trickled under the fence in the Section IV Final to keep an Edison runner from scoring the tying run, and then Korchak threw a 14-strikeout shutout in the regional final.
The Saints say they feel comfortable back in the final four.
"I can start to feel the pressure building up," said senior Neil McCormack. "But it's a lot less than last year, being a senior and having won last year."
But the four senior captains know they can't do it alone. This week, and really this whole year, has been about passing down a mentality. A mentality they hope carries them into the Seton history books.
"We just told them how hard to work, just what it meant to us," said Connor McCormack. "That they could be there too if they worked as hard as we did last year."
"They're hoping to experience what we did last year, but we've been telling them all along what it takes," said Korchak. "I think we're ready for this weekend."
Ready or not, Seton plays Hoosic Valley in the semifinals on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Binghamton's Conlon Field.