The golden age of Victor sports continues to find new territory.
For the first time in school history, both the Blue Devils baseball and softball teams are in the state semifinals.
“It’s really exciting for the whole school. Everyone is really pumped,” said Victor softball’s Sydney Powell. “We all pride ourselves on being a good athletic school. We’re all proud of everyone and we’re all waiting to see what happens.”
The baseball team faces Baldwinsville out of Section III at 5:00pm on Friday, June 8th at Union-Endicott High School in Endicott. The softball team takes on Minisink Valley from Section IX at 9:00am on Saturday, June 9th at the Moreau Recreational Park in Fort Edward.
“[Assistant coach Mike] Ferreri said that at this point sectional blocks aren’t good enough,” said Victor baseball’s Chris Varone. “They’re good, but we have to strive higher for a state title so that’s what everyone is going for this spring.”
The Blue Devils have never won a state championship in softball, while the baseball team won titles in 2004, 2011, and 2014.
“When we start winning, we really want to push the baseball team, and they push us,” said Blue Devil softball 3B Paige Phillips. “It really comes down to the confidence that we feel in our school and it’s really the pride that we feel.”
The teams credit the structure put in place at both the little league level and inside the school district.
“We have great coaches. Our facilities are top notch in Section V,” said Victor baseball pitcher Andrew Westbrook. “It just helps us really prepare. We have a lot of talent on our teams and I think that combined with all the other things is a recipe for success in this town.”