In a span of six days, with two of the games coming less than 24 hours apart, the Skaneateles baseball team showed all of its good qualities as it advanced all the way to the Section III Class B championship game.
And now came the hard part -- trying to stop a freight train better known as the Westhill Warriors, top seed and proud owners of a 24-game win streak that included two convincing wins over the Lakers themselves.
Skaneateles and Westhill will get together Wednesday night in the Class B final at Alliance Bank Stadium, starting at 7 p.m.
Of course, the Lakers have shown plenty of heart just getting to this point, rising from a no. 11 seed to reach the title game.
This especially held true in Sunday's Class B semifinal, where it made the long road trip to Holland Patent and took the no. 10 seed Golden Knights apart in a 15-3 romp.
A day earlier, Sknaeateles had fended off Lowville in the quarterfinal round, and with the likes of Nick Pesarchick sporting tired pitching arms, it needed some success at the plate to take pressure off Nolan Cunningham, who got the start on the mound.
The Lakers heeded that advice, scoring twice in the first inning and four more times in the top of the second to race to a 6-1 lead. And it just kept going, with a three-run fifth inning and five runs in the seventh inning, just to be sure.
Zach Augustine conquered the Golden Knights, setting a new season mark with six RBIs as he earned three hits, including a pair of doubles, often driving in Jake Carvalho, whose patience at the plate led to four walks.
Sean Cooney added a double, triple and three RBIs, while Owen Stokes-Cawley doubled and drove in two runs. Jon Chapman had a double and RBI as Skaneateles had 11 hits and took full advantage of HP's four errors.