The Indians have made good on all three chances so far in the post-season which is good enough to put them in the Class C finals against the third seeded Geneseo Blue Devils on Tuesday.
Every team that posts a 6-10 record in the regular season, prays for a chance to start over. That's been the Cinderella story for the Keshequa Indians baseball team here in the spring of 2012. Following an up-and-down sort of season, coach Ron Macomber Jr. could only hope for a new spark in the second season, and the Indians have been the talk of Class C as they came into the tournament as the No. 8 seed. In the single elimination affair each game could be your last. The Indians have made good on all three chances so far in the post-season which is good enough to put them in the Class C finals against the third seeded Geneseo Blue Devils on Tuesday.
Each coach's strategy heading into tournament play is to just get there and then worry about each game as it comes. The Indians hosted the 8-9 match up on May 23 following a few dates which were washed. The Indians emerged victorious by a scoring a 10-4 win over Harley-Allendale-Columbia. The orange and black highlights included a (rare feat especially in high school) a fourth inning triple-play that stopped a Wolverines scoring threat. For the Nunda-Dalton gang Tyler Piraino belted a two-run homer driving in five runs in the Indians attack. Kole Wagar scored three runs while going 2-4 in the opening round win.
The following day it was like the old cliche: “out of the frying pan and into the fire”. Keshequa visited Hornell to battle top-seeded Honeyoe. With their work cut out for them, this Indian team had noting to lose, so they proceeded to oust the Bulldogs in a 4-3 thriller at Maple City Park. The Indians took the early lead on a Tyler Piraino's run scoring single. Later in the inning Cyrus Acciari lifted a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0. Honeoye plated a run, but in the meantime the orange and black would score another on a throwing error, and then Tyler Piraino singled increasing the lead to 4-1. The Indians weathered a Honeoye comeback to hold on for a 4-3 win as Jesse Ellis would earn the win with a complete game effort striking out six and yielded just four hits. The Bulldogs (14-3) left the tying run in scoring position in the seventh when Ellis recorded the final out.
The three-game sweep was completed when Kehsequa blanked fifth seeded Bolivar-Richburg in the class C semifinals 2-0 to gain a berth in the title tilt on Tuesday. The Indians utilized all the offense they needed when Zach Todd singled home Kole Wagar in the top of the first. The orange and black added an insurnace run in the fourth as Tyler Piraino singled home the game's only other run in the victory.