Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Union-Endicott entered the Class Double-A baseball Section Tournament as the number one seed, but after Horseheads won the STAC Championship, it almost felt like the Tigers were underdogs.
But Thursday any of those thoughts were wiped out as U-E held on for a 8-6 win over the Blue Raiders.
With that the Tigers secured a spot in Monday's Regional Semifinal opposite of Section 9's Minisink Valley.
And despite the higher stakes now in the state tournament...the team believes the keys will be keeping their emotions in check and their patience at the plate.
"I don't think it's about pressure, I think it's about getting too excited. You know we won in Section IV, but at this point it's not over. We want to go out there and represent Section IV the best possible way we can," says coach Tim Harkness.
"It's really important to work pitchers. It gets them to throw a lot more pitchers. It gets us to see more pitchers and it helps a lot," says shortstop CJ Krowiak.
Monday's game against Minisink Valley will be right back where the Tigers won the Section 4 Title...at Binghamton University, once again the game will be at 4:30.