Averill Park Sports By Issac Joseph
Hello Warrior fans! Our baseball team did the unthinkable this week by winning its first state championship in program history to put an end to arguably one of AP’s greatest sports years ever.
The baseball team faced the #4 seed Maine-Endwell in the state semifinals on 6/10 where they crushed them 7-0 to advance to the championship. Ethan Nardacci pitched the complete game shutout, not allowing a hit until the fifth inning. The boys faced Hamburg in the state finals at Binghamton University on 6/11. Nardacci started the game off with a triple in the bottom of the first to bring in two runs. The Warriors added another run in the third inning which ended up being the final run scored that game. Brady Mazzeo had a stellar performance, pitching the complete shutout. Three runs was all it took for the baseball team to take home the New York State Class A state title.
This year truly was one of the most successful years of athletics AP has ever seen. It is an incredibly challenging feat to win a sectional title, but this year’s varsity boys soccer, girls basketball, and baseball teams were all able to do it. On top of that, we had not one, but two state championship winning teams, that being the baseball and basketball teams. This year we had an exceptionally strong class of seniors who were able to lead their teams to success, including three seniors who will be attending college in the fall to play Division 1 sports. We wish our seniors the best as they move on to bigger and better things. That being said, there are many strong underclassmen who played vital roles in Averill Park’s athletic success this season. The future is bright at AP and I am excited to continue to support. It has been a pleasure writing this column for the past two years. As I move on to the next chapter of my life, I will be attending the University at Buffalo in the fall. My time at Averill Park has been great, and I will always proudly say, “Go Warriors!”