This is what dreams are made of.
Corry’s baseball team has a date with destiny later today as the Beavers play their first-ever PIAA playoff game.
D-10 champion Corry, at 17-3, takes on Elizabeth Forward (19-5), the No. 3 team from District 7 (Pittsburgh).
Those Warriors qualified with an 11-8 win over Mount Pleasant, scoring four runs with two outs in the sixth inning.
CAHS won its first district title with wins over Sharon, Cathedral Prep and Warren.
“I certainly hope it will continue, I'm sure it can,” said Corry coach Mike Daniels. “I believe we have the players to compete.
“We just need to bring our ‘A’ game and we will compete for the state title,” he claimed. “I know that they (E-F) are a big, physical team that likes to hit the fast ball.
“They have put up a lot of runs but have also given up a good number of runs,” Daniels noted. “I don't think they play small ball.
“They have two contrasting pitchers, one that throws heat and the other that is 90 percent breaking pitches,” he said. That’s Tony Toledo and Danny Altavilla. The latter is 7-1.
“It is their first time in the PIAA playoffs as well, it should be interesting,” said Daniels. “I haven’t decided on who will start pitching. I'm sure they both will pitch.
“We will see how they feel,” he said.
“I'm definitely happy about playing at the Uht,” Daniels admitted. “It increases our comfort level and removes one new thing that we have to deal with.”
Corry’s top two pitchers are Aaron “AC” Cressley, who stands 6-0 with a 2.77 ERA, and Scottie Frisina, 7-1 and 2.22. Adam Zimmerman also won two games as did Kelsey Crawford.
Cressley is batting .508 (30 for 59), Frisina .403 with six homers. Cory Owens and Justin Oesch both have four HRs.
Frisina leads the club with 20 RBI, Owens with 18. Frisina has nine stolen bases, Owens eight and Crawford six.
As coach Daniels pointed out, nine different players scored runs in the 10-5 win over Warren.
The team likes to play small ball, especially with suicide squeeze bunts. The Beavers hit and run a lot, and do not get down when they get behind.
Corry’s six seniors are the backbone of the success story.
Today’s game is set to start about 6:30 p.m. following the Mercyhurst Prep vs. A-C Valley Class A contest.
The winner advances to the PIAA Class AAA quarterfinals on Thursday against the winner of the Moon (D-7 runner-up) and Perry Traditional Academy (D-8 champ).