HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY) — Horseheads Baseball is feeling pretty good about their chances in Friday’s state semifinal matchup. The Blue Raiders have outscored their opponents this postseason 42-8. Now the Section IV champs set their sights on Massapequa.
Head Coach Jeff Limoncelli and his squad know that their opponent on Friday is very capable, and boast a high-octane offense. Horseheads knows they need to play their best if they hope to play in the State Final on Saturday.
In the other semifinal matchup, Section V winner Victor will battle Section III Baldwinsville.
"All four teams are very good," Head Coach Jeff Limoncelli said. "It’s pretty neat, we’re the smallest school in it. They’re pretty big schools. But we belong, and we’re ready to go."
It was 1999 when the Blue Raiders were last in the Final Four. That marked the only time the team has won the state championship as well.
"The last time this happened, none of us were born," Junior Pitcher Mike Limoncelli said.
Players and coaches know the magnitude of this game, and realize that they’re playing for more than themselves.
"We’ve been waiting a long time for this," Limoncelli said. "Too long. To even be here is an honor, and I just can’t wait."