Bray Curreri took a gamble on himself two years ago.

At-bats and playing time were limited for Curreri during his sophomore season at Division II College of St. Rose in 2016. The 2014 Eldred graduate still felt he could be an impact player.

Curreri connected with Port Jervis graduate Sebastian De La Cruz, a junior first baseman for Division III Keystone College. He transferred to Keystone and has been the starting third baseman since he stepped foot on the La Plume, Pa., campus.

Last weekend Curreri, perhaps, made his biggest impact at Keystone. The senior hit .667 (8-for-12), ripped two doubles and drove in six runs to help the Giants to their 10th straight Colonial States Athletic Conference title. Curreri earned tournament most valuable player honors.

“It was unbelievable,” Curreri said. “It was a lot of hard work. A lot of grinding being in the Northeast. The long winters. It's tough to be able to go outdoors. To see the work pay off the way it's unfolding, it's real special. I credit my coaches and my team first. Without them we wouldn't be where we are at.”

Keystone (32-10) is the third seed in the eight-team Division III tournament’s Harwich (Mass.) regional, beginning Thursday. Curreri is one of five Section 9 alumni on Keystone’s roster along with De La Cruz, sophomore catchers Ryan Callahan (Monroe-Woodbury) and Clayton Brooks (Valley Central), and freshman catcher Easley De La Cruz (Pine Bush).

Curreri has raised his average to .306 by hitting .343 over his last 28 games. He’s hit nine double, a triple and two home runs and drove in 30 runs. Curreri is hoping to extend his college career this weekend.

“You want to keep going,” Curreri said. “It all comes down to trying to win a national championship no matter what. To be making a run my senior year is special.”

Curreri believes he may have an opportunity to play at the next level. Several Major League Baseball teams have shown interest.

“I'm only 21 years old,” Curreri said. “Trying to reach my potential is something that I've always wanted to chase down. I'm definitely going to aspire to continue after this. I've spoken to a few teams and there's a couple of options on the table. I'm going to play it day by day and pray for the best and I will do my part in staying humble and hoping the rest will follow.”

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