Playing from behind might not be the best recipe for success, but late deficits have suited Lansing just fine the past month.
The top-ranked Bobcats used a fifth-inning rally to drop Frewsburg in the Class C baseball semifinal Saturday, 6-3, at Johnson City High School. At Broome Community College, a passed ball allowed the only run of the game to score in the Class D semifinals as Pine Valley fell to Oriskany, 1-0.
Lansing (26-0), winner of 45 of its last 46 games, sent 10 men to the plate in a five-run fifth, erasing a two-run Frewsburg advantage.
The Bobcats had used a similar late rally to win the Section IV championship last week.
"I can't say enough about the resolve of our kids," Lansing coach Stuart Dean said.
Lansing later won its first state title by beating Section I's Haldane, 5-3.
The Bears (20-5) scored in the top of the fifth on a two-out, two-RBI double by Connor Grey for a 2-0 lead.
Grey held Lansing scoreless until the bottom of the fifth. Lansing loaded the bases with no outs on a walk, a hit batter and an infield single. Grey coaxed a ground ball for a force at home, but Lansing's Benji Parkes shot a two-run double down the left-field line to tie the game. Lansing took the lead one batter later on a squeeze bunt from Alex Schutz before Greg Lehr and Kevin Howell added RBI singles for a 5-2 advantage.
Frewsburg scored one run in the seventh and got the tying run to the plate before Parkes closed out the game with a strikeout
Grey struck out five and went 3 for 3 at the plate with a walk. Thad Johnson, the state's all-time hits leader, singled for his 200th career hit and walked twice with a run.
"We thought we had a team to win a state title, and we came real close," Frewsburg coach Jay Grann said.
In Class D, Noah Lupini led off the Oriskany fourth with a double, moved to third on a groundout and scored the game's only run on a passed ball.
Nate Keating limited Pine Valley to a pair of singles from Lucas Trombley, struck out six and didn't allow a runner past second base.
Oriskany (19-5) lost to Coleman Catholic, 2-0, in the final.
"We made one more mistake than they did," Pine Valley coach Chris Buczek said. "We just lacked the key hit today.
"Our season has been exceptional."