Robert Tedesco will no longer have to wonder what if.
Nearly one year to the day that he had one of his poorest pitching performances, the Mohonasen senior scattered six hits and struck out 14 to lead the Mighty Warriors to a 2-1 victory over crosstown rival Schalmont in last Friday's Section II, Class A baseball final at Joe Bruno Stadium in Troy.
This definitely makes up for last year, said Tedesco, who was the losing pitcher in Mohonasen's 9-2 setback against Ichabod Crane in last year's Class A final. "I remember last year " being taken out down 7-2 and wondering if I'd ever get back here."
"Last year, he tried too hard and overpitched," said Mohonasen coach Jim Huggins. "This year, he stayed within himself."
To gain redemption, Tedesco had to shut down a potent Schalmont offense. He allowed one run in the bottom of the second inning, but he came back strong in the middle innings, striking out six consecutive batters in the third and fourth frames.
"Everything was working," said Tedesco. "I felt good in warm-ups " even better than last year, even better than against Lansingburgh (in the Class A quarterfinals)."
Schalmont (19-7) threatened to tie the game in the sixth and seventh innings, but Tedesco got the outs he needed to complete the victory.
"We had our chances," said Schalmont coach Bob Anderson. "We left nine runners on base. We just couldn't get the hits when we needed them."
Lost in Tedesco's performance was a strong outing from Schalmont ace Joe Amorosi. The junior allowed only four hits and struck out five in a complete-game performance.
"All year long, we've preached that defense and pitching would win us games," said Anderson. "We couldn't have played better defensively, and we couldn't have pitched any better. We just didn't get the clutch hits."