The Castleton baseball team claimed its fourth NAC title in seven years against Husson University Sunday at Spartan Stadium.
But Castleton Head Coach Ted Shipley wasn’t as ecstatic as someone may be after a championship win when asked to react.
"I guess relieved," said Shipley. "They’re all special, but once you’ve done it once you kind of expect it after that."
Castleton’s 20-3 record was the conference best and gave them home field advantage throughout the tournament.
The Spartans fought hard winning the first game against Husson allowing them to continue to the championship game.
The Spartans started the conference tournament against Lyndon State College May 2. Castleton prevailed over the Hornets 7-2. Samuel Spencer pitched eight innings for the Spartans allowing one earned run and five strikeouts.
At the plate Joe Borowski finished the day with a home run and two RBI sparking the late rally. Matt McNamee added four hits and a run batted in.
In the eighth inning the Spartans dominated play and scored four runs to seal the victory.
After the win against Lyndon, Castleton advanced to play Husson on Sunday.
The game ended with a victory for the Eagles but not without a fight from the Spartans.
Adam Greenlese pitched 5-2/3 innings giving up three runs. Replacing Greenlese was Devin Hayes. The Spartans ran into trouble in the 8th inning allowing four runs with the winning run walking across home plate.
Nate Swahn led the Spartans attack with a triple, a double and one RBI. Dan Errico had two doubles and two RBI’s.
The Spartans fought but fell short 7-6.
After the loss, Castleton rebounded against Maine Farmington with an 8-2 victory.
Pitching for the Spartans was Connor Johnson, who threw a complete game allowing one earned run. Swahn and Errico led the offense with a home run each.
Macyn Clifford ripped a double in the fourth inning.
Championship day started with a win a 6-1 win in the first game. Steven Jurkiewicz had a complete game only allowing four hits and striking out five batters.
Allen White led the Spartan attack with four-doubles and two-runs-batted-in with McNamee and Clifford each recording a double.
In the champpiuonship game, Luke Salerno started pitching for the Spartans and went eight innings and allowing two earned runs.
The Spartans got off to a hot start scoring four runs in the first inning and three more runs in the third with an RBI single from Taylor Vile.
White led the Spartan attack again with a triple and an RBI. Borowski and Mcnamee both had two hits helping lead the Spartans championship victory.
Swahn was voted tournament Most Valuable Player while Jurkiewicz and White received all-tournament team.
Asked how the win felt, outfielder Allen White said "it feels good. I wouldn’t have wanted to win it with anyone else.
As far as the chances of winning in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Shipley put it quite simple.
"All we can do is what we can," Shipley said.