There will be a Capital District team in Friday's Babe Ruth World Series championship game.
The only question is will it be Guilderland, or will it be Clifton Park?
The answer comes Thursday as the two local representatives battle each other in one of two semifinal games at Clifton Common.
"Who would have thought that the two of us would play each other for the right to go to the finals?" said Guilderland manager Brian Grabek.
Guilderland needed extra innings to make it happen, as it posted a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over Meridian (Idaho) in Wednesday's quarterfinal game.
The Bulldogs scored three times in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally from a 3-0 deficit, and then Brandon Peda's RBI bloop single in the ninth inning drove in Ryan Curry with the winning run.
"He was the one I wanted up there, and he came through for us," Grabek said of Peda.
Guilderland spent the first three innings looking just to get on base against Meridian starter Hunter Weindel. Weindel set the Bulldogs down in order until the fourth inning.
"We were really flat," said Grabek. "The coaches kept looking at each other and wondering, 'Is it nerves?'"
While Weindel was having his way with Guilderland's hitters, Meridian's offense came up with several clutch hits off Guilderland starter Matt Pierce. Talen Kraft hit RBI doubles in the first and third innings, and Weindel helped his own cause with a RBI double to give the Northwest region champions a 3-0 lead.
Pierce settled down after Weindel's RBI double, though. He didn't allow another base runner before giving way to reliever Kristian Singh, who pitched two perfect innings.
Still Guilderland needed some runs to force the game into extra innings, and the Bulldogs got them in the bottom of the sixth. Cameron Long got the rally going with an RBI single, and Singh capped it with a double that drove in Peda and Long to tie the game.
Singh began the final Guilderland rally with a one-out bloop single. He moved to second on Jack Grabek's two-out single and scored when Peda's blooper fell before Meridian's right fielder could make the catch.
Guilderland now meets the hosts from Clifton Park, which received a quarterfinal bye after winning its pool play division with an 11-5 victory over Cranston (R.I.) Tuesday. The two Capital District teams have been training together for several months at All-Stars Academy in Latham, adding another subtext to Thursday's semifinal showdown.
"We kept talking about how great it would be if we could make it to the finals, and now we're playing each other for the right to get there," said Grabek. "It's crazy to think that something you dreamed about six months ago is coming true."