BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – Mission Accomplished.

Ballston Spa baseball manager Curtis Nobles knew he had something special five years ago and his band of hard-hitting, energetic and talented Scotties delivered their first-ever state baseball title Saturday afternoon with a 13-6 win over Section IV’s Maine-Endwell at Binghamton University.

“From the beginning of the year we set our goals and they were attainable goals but there wasn't one day that we took off, we worked hard, we earned everything we got,” Ballston Spa manager Curtis Nobles said. “These kids earned everything, the respect, their character, their self-discipline, I couldn't be more proud of a team.”

The Scotties once again jumped out ahead of its opponent, this time with a three-run first inning versus Maine-Endwell starter Rylie VanFleet after Evan Fox led off with a walk, advanced on a throwing error on a pick-off play and scored on a wild pitch. Christian McCarthy hit a single before sophomore Chance Checca drilled a VanFleet offering over the left field Binghamton University fence for the immediate 3-run lead.

The Spartans rallied for two runs of their own in the bottom half of the first before the Ballston Spa offense simply reloaded and put up five more runs of their own and handed Scotties starter Michael Poirier an 8-2 lead.

Newly inserted Maine-Endwell reliever Joseph Mancini hit the first two batters and issued a one-out walk to Luke Gold before Jake Manderson earned an RBI with his own free pass. Ballston Spa big man Donovan Rhoden drilled a three-run double to right before Jayden Williamson added his own RBI double to complete the five-run salvo.

A series of walks and balks led to two more Ballston Spa runs in the fourth. The hits kept on coming for the Scotties, taking on three more in the sixth, led by Checca with a lead-off triple to continue to buoy Poirier on the mound.

“I talked about before visualizing having my stuff and I really didn't so it was just all about getting the ball over the plate, hitting the outside corner, hitting the inside corner, just letting them put balls in play so they guys in the field can make plays and just win as a team,” Michael Poirier said. “It just adds a ton of confidence to just your attitude and just the way you're going to play and it really makes the game go by much easier. The guys we have in the field are absolutely nuts, they just make crazy plays and I would just like to thank them for doing that all year.”

Checca’s seven-base performance earned him the WWE replica ‘Nuke Belt’ for the Scottie who blasts the ball against an opponent.

“Wow, being the youngest on the team to come up big like that, I couldn't do it without the guys,” Chris Checca said.

He will now have to continue the Scotties legacy and pass along the lessons bestowed upon him by the 12 now departing seniors.

“First off I'm going to cry, it's going to happen,” Checca said. “I'm going to miss them all, we just have to show the new kids next year how to play varsity and coach them like they coached me.”

Checca had the belt passed onto his shoulder by semi-final owner Luke Gold, completing the Ballston Spa plan.

“I think that it’s great that pretty much every game we got a new guy, a new hero for us coming up in big spots, I had a couple big hits yesterday, Chance (Checca) got us started there with the home run and then a triple there later in the game,” Gold said. “I think that we just have really good strength throughout our line-up hitting, it helps us out a lot.”

One of the biggest championship smiles belonged to senior Donovan Rhoden who wasn’t too surprised after Ballston Spa scored 23 runs in the last 24 hours in the New York State tournament.

“It's our plan, just come out control the energy of the game, put up big numbers against teams and it worked out for us,” Donovan Rhoden said. “We always have to have the same approach, hit something hard up the middle especially when there are guys on we have to grit our teeth and fight up there.”

While he didn’t get the opportunity to show off his smiling and slow home run trot this weekend, he did amaze with two classic slides into home, raising his arms high and smiling directly into the Scotties dugout.

“I was just trying to enjoy the moment being my last high school game ever we have to make the most fun of it as possible,” Rhoden said.

Before starts his collegiate career at Boston College his legacy will include showing the Scotties the way to its first state title in 46 years.

“We think that for the past 10 years Ballston Spa has kind of been the doormat, we want to show them that we can be the top dogs in the Suburban Council and even the state,” Gold said. “I think us coming out and doing that well in front of the young guys was pretty cool.”

Nobles stood proudly in front of the media, attempting to suppress his emotions about what the win meant for the name on the front of the golden jerseys.

“This is amazing, that town is here, the ones that are not are in Glens Falls (NYS Softball Championship site),” Nobles said. “Everything that we put on paper it manifested today and I'm so proud of these young men. I'm super excited for our town; I'm super excited for our school.”

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