WARRENSBURG - Midway through a baseball game against perennial league standout Corinth, Warrensburg Varsity Baseball Coach Rex Reynolds called his team together when they were down by one run in the fifth inning.
"What kind of character does this team have?" he asked his players. "Do we have the character to win this ball game?"
Two innings and a flurry of hits later, Reynolds had his answer, as his team surpassed the challenge and defeated Corinth - which annually fields a baseball team that's among the leaders of the Adirondack League.
Monday's game started out shaky for Warrensburg, as a Corinth run was walked in, but the team rebounded with their own offensive show, scoring two early on, plus two more in the third inning.
The team faltered however in the fourth inning, giving up three unearned runs to allow a Corinth comeback which tied the game at 4-4.
Corinth then pulled ahead with a sacrifice fly.
Warrensburg's starting pitcher John Joseph, who had found his rhythm but had run his course, was then relieved by Mike Perrone.
When the Burghers were up in the sixth inning, Jason Power led off, took two balls then slammed a home run, tying the score at 5-5.
In the top of the seventh, the Burgher infield, combined with Perrone's pitching, kept Corinth at bay.
Then in the bottom of the seventh, Warrensburg pulled off one of their 11th-hour game-saving offensive rallies.
Nick Monroe lead off with an infield single, and Donovan Santisteban was sent to first as a pinch runner.
Brendan Frye blasted the ball through the infield for a single, advancing Santisteban one base.
Mike Curtis Followed with another infield single, advancing the Burghers on base without an out tallied.
Then Mike Perrone ripped a fast shot, and Santisteban scored, to end the game at 6-5.