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Maine-Endwell reaches semifinals for first time in a decade

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Maine-Endwell baseball team had a wild finish Saturday afternoon, as Josh Chandler hit a walk-off home run to top Roosevelt 8-5. M-E now advances to the state semifinals for the first time in a decade.

After losing an early 3-0 lead, Maine-Endwell fought until the very end. Down one run in the 6th, M-E’s Matt Raleigh hit one deep to bring home the tying run. In the bottom of the 7th, the Spartans got two runners on for Josh Chandler. After struggling at the plate in his first few at-bats, Chandler crushed a three-run, walk-off home run. This was the Spartans second walk-off win in a row.

Final score:

Maine-Endwell – 8, Roosevelt – 5

“Josh actually texted me today at 1 o’clock,” said Coach Raleigh. “He says ‘coach, can you come down and throw me some extra BP?’ So it was just him and I on the field for 45 minutes, and it’s the best run of BP he’s had all year. And he had a rough day, but before the game I told my coaches he’s gonna do something special today, because I saw something different. And they thought I was crazy.”

“Loose hands, loose elbows,” said Josh Chandler. “I just finally put it into action there, I’ve been waiting to do it, but it finally happened. My team never gives up, that’s what’s best about us, that’s why we’re going to win a state championship. We don’t give up.”

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