CV celebrates by showering head coach Dave Tidick. | Photo by Collin Herko

Chenango Valley Warriors: 10
Lansing Bobcats: 4

It was quite a long season to get to this. In addition to being the #1 team in the state in the latest New York State Sportswriters Association rankings, the Chenango Valley Warriors varsity baseball team won the Section IV Class B final over Lansing 10-4, avenging last year’s loss in the finals to the same team 13-6.

Leading the Warriors was senior Dan Pendleton (a.k.a. “The Ronan Cannon”), who pitched six innings, striking out seven, giving up only one hit and one earned run. It was a stellar performance on the mound from one of CV’s ace pitchers.

As always, the bats in the CV dugout put in some hard work as seniors Derek Ferry and Derek Stupski, along with junior catcher Brian Stinson had two-RBI nights and combined to score four of CV’s ten runs. Ferry opened the door in the first inning with a two-out, RBI-double to make it 4-0 after a Stinson double and a Pendleton sacrifice fly plated one each. Ferry again sparked offense for CV in the third, drawing a walk with two outs. After a Vince Palmieri single, designated hitter Kyle Christoffersen blasted a double down the left field line to score Ferry and set up what would be a four run inning for CV. Lead off man Mike Biviano then walked, followed by a pitch that clipped Eric Bidwell’s helmet to load the bases when Stupski hit an RBI-single through the left side of the infield. Stupski would come through again in the fifth, hitting (more like pounding) an RBI-triple that missed HR territory by a few feet, and later scoring on a sacrifice fly from Pendleton. Expect Chenango Valley to continue this offensive strength as they move into the state playoffs next week.

Chenango Valley is now 22-1, their only loss coming against AA Horseheads in the STAC semi-finals. On Monday, they will face the Christian Brothers Academy, the Section III winner in Syracuse.



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