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Susquehanna Valley and Maine-Endwell prepare for state semifinals

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — On Friday, Maine-Endwell and Susquehanna Valley will represent Section IV in the Class A and Class B state semifinals.

Maine-Endwell punched their ticket to the final four after back-to-back walk-off wins. This will mark the first time in a decade that the Spartans have made it this far. They’ll be taking on Canandaigua Academy at Union-Endicott High School at 2 p.m.

“Right now you just go into the game, you prepare,” said M-E manager Matt Raleigh. “We prepared really well last week, and we’re going to have a really good week of practice. We’re covering everything that needs to be covered.”

“We’ve got to have the preparation and the mindset that we have to go in there and we have to get two more games,” said M-E senior Joe Mancini. “You know, this game’s definitely more important. we have to win this one to get to Saturday, so we’re definitely focused on this one a lot, and just having a good week of preparation and getting ready for the game.”

As for Susquehanna Valley, they’ll be facing the number one team in Class B, Center Moriches. Center Moriches is undefeated and are the defending Class B champions. The Sabres will use their experience of winning a state title in football this past fall and are ready for the challenge entering semifinals.

“I asked them yesterday, I said ‘what’s the mojo around the team today?’ And they said ‘well coach, we just want to get going,'” said SV manager Steve Haskell. “We’re excited, we’ve never been in this opportunity or had this chance before, so we just want to get going.”

“Won in football obviously and we obviously want to win in baseball,” said SV senior Alex Knewasser. “We’ve been looking forward to this since little league, we all played little league together and it would just be awesome”

Susquehanna Valley takes on Center Moriches at 5 p.m, at Suny Broome.

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