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TROY--"We've been playing very well this year and I think we have a real shot at going to the national championship," said HVCC baseball player Kyle Bestle.

Making it to the World Series as a freshman is a dream for Kyle Bestle, but one that may not come true.

"That kind of bummed a lot of us out but we're trying to stay positive," he said.

A little more than a week ago, the Hudson Valley Community College men's baseball team got some tough news.

Players and coaches were told by school officials that should they qualify for the nationals in North Carolina, they won't be permitted to go, as the college is restricting non-essential travel to the state under Gov. Cuomo's executive order.

"It certainly doesn't make much sense that they would impose a ban on young kids that have been working so hard to ultimately reach their goal," said Dave Bestle.

The ban is in response to a North Carolina law that prohibits transgender people from using restrooms of the gender they associate with.

According to a spokesperson from Cuomo's office, the ban does not pertain to community colleges as they are not considered state entities.

But the college is choosing to abide regardless, saying quote: :We're standing with Governor Cuomo and with New York's many state agencies, departments and commissions that are doing the same."

"We're still going to try to play our game and try to win one game at a time," said Kyle Bestle.

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"I just want them to play hard every day and if we go to the World Series, great, but first we have to get there," said HVCC baseball coach Alex Jurczynski.

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