CHESTERTOWN - As the hometown crowd cheered, the North Warren varsity baseball players whooped and yelled, then piled onto each other on the field May 12 after their 6-5 eighth-inning victory in a long-awaited matchup.
Coach Jason Humiston watched the mayhem, and later said their celebratory pileup was a bit clumsy.
"They've got to work on their victory celebrations," he said. "They don't have much practice at it this season."
North Warren, which had only won two of its 11 games this season, knocked off Lake George, which with a 10-1 league record, is cruising toward a repeat Adirondack League championship.
The extra-inning win was without a doubt dramatic.
Kristian Seeley, who had gotten on base with a single, was booted home by a double slugged by Travis Monroe.
But the home-bound trip wasn't a stroll. Seeley tore toward home, and Lake George Catcher Jack Clark blocked the plate. Seeley slid in, but Clark's body barrier worked, stopping Seeley short as the ball sailed into Clark's glove.
But Seeley reached around with his right hand and clutched the surface of the plate, a mini-second before the tag, and the game was over - the greatest upset in the Adirondack League for at least a year.
"There wasn't any magic potion here, we just made plays like we should," Humiston said, noting that Cougar pitcher Cody Higgins kept Lake George hitters off balance with his changing speeds. "Higgins threw strikes and our defense backed him up with only one error."
Humiston credited timely hitting, and of course Travis Monroe for his hit that sent Seeley to home plate.
"We played on our toes instead of our heels," the coach said, noting he was proud of his team playing tough despite being up against the team many rate as tops in the region for its size.