ENDWELL – The season didn’t end Saturday the way the Roy C. Ketcham High School baseball team had dreamed it might.
Falling short of the ultimate goal of a state title, the Section 1 champion Indians were still proud of what they accomplished after falling 5-0 in a Class AA state semifinal to Section 4 champion Shenendehowa at Maine-Endwell High School’s Gary Crooks Field.
Ketcham senior center fielder Kevin Duke, who struck out to end the game and singled for one of Ketcham’s two hits, said he was proud of everyone on the team.
“It wasn’t just the nine that played or the 10 that played, it was everybody on the team. We had a common goal,” said Duke, who was 1 for 3 with a walk. “We all worked hard every day. We set it all out on the line. In the end, we didn’t get the results that we wanted. It’s unfortunate, but we came hard and it just didn’t go our way.”
Ketcham had its chances against Shenendehowa junior lefty Bryan Warzek, loading the bases in the first and fifth innings, but the Indians were unable to cross home plate. Warzek finished the game striking out 14, walking four, hitting two batters and throwing 124 pitches in a complete-game, two-hit shutout.