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.
They would get together Wednesday in the Class B final at Alliance Bank Stadium, and the Lakers had many chances to break through, but could not get the one or two big hits it needed and lost a 6-1 decision.
Skaneateles had twice lost to Westhill in the regular season, but figured that, with ace Nick Pesarchick on the mound, it had a better chance to make the Warriors sweat.
Jake Carvalho tripled off Pat Lemmo in the top of the first inning with one out. However, he would stay there as first Zach Augustine, then Pesarchick, struck out.
Mike DeCarr's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first pushed Westhill in front, 1-0 -- but it was took place two innings later that would be remembered most from this night.
The Warriors loaded the bases with one out. DeCarr stepped up and hit a 400-foot fly ball to center. Greg Schmidt scored - but Dan Karleski followed, charging home ahead of Sean Cooney's tag, a rare sacrifice fly that plated two runs.
Already mad at this development, Cooney started talking back when Lemmo, the on-deck hitter, yelled at him. The two came close to blows, but it settled down as both teams got warned to keep it from going further.
Moments later, as Pesarchick pitched to Lemmo, Mike Mascari took off from third and stole home to make it 4-0.
Skaneateles would get two more chances to catch up. Still down 4-0 in the top of the fifth, the Lakers got on the board when Nolan Cunningham singled, but he was thrown out trying to reach second base, and the rally died.
An inning later, when Augustine and Pesarchick led off with singles, Westhill replaced Lemmo with DeCarr on the mound -- and he promptly retired six of the seven batters he faced, three with strikeouts, to end the game.