LANESBOROUGH -- The nerves are gone, at least Mount Greylock baseball coach Steve Messina hopes that is the case.
His Mounties charge into the Western Massachusetts Division II final on Sunday fresh off Wednesday's semifinal win where they recorded seven hits in the final two innings after getting just one hit in the first four.
"I think part of the problem, I'm hoping anyway, was being down at UMass on a new field," Messina said before practice Friday. "It was under a little more of a spotlight, under more pressure. There might have been some intimidation. I'm hoping that because we're going down to the same field on Sunday, a lot of that stuff has been removed already."
The Mounties (18-3) enter the championship as the No. 2 seed in the Western Massachusetts Division II tournament, they will face the No. 5 Greenfield Greenwave (18-4) Sunday at UMass Amherst. First pitch is scheduled for 1:15 p.m.
It will be Greylock's first championship appearance since 2009. The Mounties won that title, beating Greenfield.
Greylock was also battling a long layoff before the semifinal game, which may have accounted for some of the early at-bats.
Greenfield will send Garrett Hudson to the mound Sunday. Hudson enters with a record of 8-0. He struck out 74 batters in 64 innings this season.
"I think just staying loose before this game will be our key," senior Sean Houston said. "This will be our second big playoff game. We should be a little looser this time around. That will help the bats get going."
Greylock will send junior Robby Buffis to the mound. Buffis enters with a record of 7-0 on the season.
The junior pitcher has been dominant this season. He was the winning pitcher in Greylock's quarterfinal win over Drury. He has an earned run average of 1.95 on the season and has struck out 45 batters.
But it's not his numbers that have him feeling good heading into the title game. It's the team behind him.
"I still think I have the best defense behind me in the state," Buffis said. "We have a great team and I know we're going to score runs. I just have to stay calm through the early parts of the game."
Buffis was in the dugout on Wednesday when he watched the Greylock outfielders put on a defensive clinic. Houston made two diving catches in center field. Right fielder Jack Thistle made a lunging grab in deep right and Derek Romejko had a lunging catch of his own and almost robbed a home run in the fourth.
"That gives me so much confidence," Buffis said. "No matter what, you know they are going to make plays and try to make them. Sean probably made one of the best catches I've seen in my entire life against Palmer. They have all just been all over the field this year."