Chenango Valley looks to duplicate STAC title drive

By Mike Mangan | Press & Sun-Bulletin

Chenango Valley baseball coach Dave Tidick is not one to think too much about the past.

That is, until you mention last season, one in which his Warriors made their way through the Southern Tier Athletic Conference season with nary a league loss en route to the program’s second STAC title in five years.

“We’ve talked about last season as a team this year, but I try to be fair to these guys and not dwell on it too much,” Tidick said. “One of the reasons we went unbeaten is we had great chemistry and team leadership.

“What we’ve tried to do is model our work ethic from last year, and the need to continue where we left off.”

Last season was indeed a memorable one for the Warriors, who beat Vestal, 3-2, in the STAC title game. That victory came after CV won the Central Division title with a 14-0 league record, the first time in at least 25 years that a STAC team went unbeaten in league play.

Tidick said thoughts of a perfect league season came into focus after his team got through the East Division portion of its schedule unscathed.

“When we came back into division play, we thought it was something that we could do,” Tidick said. “I think the biggest key was we really stayed away from that one game where nothing went right for us.”

The perfect STAC season almost went for naught, however.

CV was one out away from losing its STAC semifinal to Elmira Southside, eventually winning, 4-1, in eight innings.

Then against Vestal, CV faced an early one-run deficit before rallying for the victory.

The victory over Vestal, in particular, stood out for Tidick.

“That was a major motivating factor for our team,” Tidick said. “Throughout the season, you get some of the bigger schools saying we didn’t get a chance to play them. It was definitely a plus to be able to play a quality program and show we can hang with the Class A and AA teams.”

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