EDITOR'S NOTE: The following article by Scott Kindberg originally appeared in The Post-Journal on June 10, 2007.
BINGHAMTON — The celebration was over, the hugs had been exchanged and the pictures had been taken, but it was hard to ignore the symbolism in the area around the batter's box at Conlon Field.
Placed ever so neatly in the dirt behind the plate were the black spikes belonging to Derek Austin, Pine Valley's senior catcher.
But they weren't going anywhere.
In Austin's eyes, they were, well, right at home.
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