ENDICOTT, N.Y. -- As difficult as it was for Plainedge to digest a nine-error performance in the state Class A baseball semifinals Saturday, the general feeling was the season was a success despite an 11-6 loss to Cornwall. Plainedge barely made the postseason as the 16th seed and went on to win a county title and a Long Island championship.
"We have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of," Ralph Caccavale said. "Coming in as a 16th seed and winning a Long Island championship, every kid on this team deserves to keep their head up. We know we're better than what we showed today."
Not only did Plainedge (19-12) make it this far, it dominated. Entering Saturday, the Red Devils outscored opponents 86-20. In 10 of the 12 postseason games, they allowed three runs or less.
"I think without a doubt it was a successful season," Cody Golub said. "We're in the state semifinals. There's nothing more you can say about that. Hopefully, no one hangs there head. I am hanging my head right now, but at the end of the day I am going to be more happy than ever to play on this great team."
Plainedge has had a great two-year run. Last season, the Red Devils were undefeated before losing in the county semifinals.
"It's hard to talk about now," Plainedge coach Tom Pisani said, "but it was a successful season. Coming from where we came, it's going to be nothing but great memories for these kids. They have a lot to be proud of."