Robert Tedesco put the Mohonasen baseball team on his shoulders and carried the Mighty Warriors to the Section II, Class A semifinals.
Tedesco scattered nine hits and struck out 13 in a complete-game performance to help Mohonasen defeat top-seeded Lansingburgh 4-2 in last Saturday's quarterfinal game in north Troy.
We believed (we could win) this whole game, and that was the difference, said Tedesco.
Things didn't look good for the Mighty Warriors (8-13) early on. Lansingburgh struck for a run in the first inning on Scott Fane's RBI double and added another run in the bottom of the second on a Mohonasen error to take a 2-0 lead.
Mohonasen's impatience at the plate didn't help matters. The Mighty Warriors took some mighty cuts at T.J. McLaughlin's pitches in the first three innings, but they couldn't get any hits.
"Our guys were extremely anxious, and I knew they would be anxious," said Mohonasen coach Jim Huggins. "It was actually backfiring on us in the early innings."
When Mohonasen's hitters started to relax at the plate, things fell into place. The Mighty Warriors scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning to grab a 3-2 lead " two came in on wild pitches, and the third came in on Vinny DeMarco's two-out RBI single.
"It's crazy because all year long we hadn't caught a break, and we finally caught some breaks in this game," said Tedesco.
Lansingburgh, which entered the game ranked fourth among Class A teams in New York, tried to rally in the bottom of the sixth inning. Mark Tracey and Jake Shaw opened the inning with consecutive singles, and a wild pitch from Tedesco moved Tracey and Shaw into scoring position.
Tedesco, though, showed the maturity of a senior pitcher. The Siena-bound righty struck out the final three batters of the inning to keep Mohonasen in the lead.