Spartans rely on experience heading into state playoffs

By Travis Eldridge

June 3, 2014 Updated Jun 3, 2014 at 8:49 PM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Through graduation, after graduation, after graduation, the Maine-Endwell baseball program just doesn't seem phased. For seven straight years now the Spartans have taken home a Section 4 baseball title.

Now, they're back in that do-or-die atmosphere known as the state playoffs. But that doesn't really phase them either.

At the end of the regular season, the Spartans had to win a pair of regular season games just to qualify for the sectional playoffs. So essentially they've been playing under playoff-type pressure for weeks.

That along with their success in state playoff games in other sports, like football and basketball, gives them plenty of confidence.

"They know how to prepare themselves, and they've been in many different competitive situations," said coach Gary Crooks. "So I think it's easier for them to transfer that."

"I mean I have a lot of confidence in my team," said senior Darnell Woolfolk. "We did struggle throughout the season, but we knew when it came down to it we stepped it up in practice, our bats came alive in our last two games and we looked really good. I'm confident in these playoffs."

Late in the season, the Spartans also were aided by the return of senior outfielder Kyle Gallagher. He certainly brings plenty of experience to the table.

Gallagher has now won 10 sectional titles in his high school career. Three in football, three in basketball and now four in baseball.

M-E faces the winner of Rye and Wallkill in the state quarterfinals.

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