The Lansing Bobcats can't wait for the state playoffs to start. Then they can start working towards forgetting last year's heartbreak.
Justin Payne says, "We think about it and stuff but we try not to bring it up because it just hurts because we should've won that game."
That game was the Class B State Semifinal against West Babylon. The top-ranked Bobcats jumped out to a three-run lead, fell behind, rallied again, but eventually lost 6 to 5. The 27 and 3 record was impressive but the ending still haunts several of this year's players.
Senior Vince Redmond says, "There's a couple of us, the returning guys, returning starters, that still hold it in the back of our minds and we're not going to let that happen again."
This year's group has done everything right so far. They captured their fourth straight conference title and have a 22 and 3 record. But there's one potentially huge road block on the way back to the state tournament... top-seeded and top-ranked Chenango Valley.
Bobcats coach Ed Redmond says, "Well, we saw them last year and I know they're a quality team and lot of respect for Chenango Valley and Coach Tidick's team."
"We feel good. I mean, we only have three losses, so we feel real good. We feel like we're one of the best teams out there besides them."
"We got to win two to get to them so if we take care of those two then we'll worry about them."
Mark your calendar, that showdown could come June 5th. For now, Lansing's focused on the ultimate prize with last year's disappointment providing the motivation. Justin Horowitz, Action Sports.
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