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Sat. Jul 20th, 2024

5 Lafayette-area matchups to watch in IHSAA baseball regions

By Vaseline May31,2024

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LAFAYETTE – Area high school baseball programs will be well represented in Saturday’s IHSAA regional championships after six local teams won their sectionals and advanced to the state tournament.

McCutcheon (22-4) used a three-run rally in the fifth inning to beat Logansport 4-1, while left-handed pitcher Keaton Brooks threw a six-inning no-hitter to eliminate Riverton Parke 10-0 on Monday . Twin Lakes captured its first title in 30 years when it defeated North Montgomery 8-7, Frontier Tri-County 12-0 and Crawfordsville won the 3A title in an impressive 9-1 victory over Western Boone behind senior pitcher Kale Wemer .

Benton Central, led by Indiana All-Star Tyler Klemme, defeated Seeger 3-2 in the 2A sectional final on Monday.

With six teams competing for the regional championships, it’s important to recognize the best players who will play this weekend, along with the toughest games to watch on Saturday.

Best matchup between local teams: Frontier (15-9) vs. Central Catholic (24-6), 3 p.m. at Gordon Leming Field in Class 1A

  • Frontier was opportunistic on the basepaths and played sharp defense during the section. Senior catcher Jason Newton leads his program’s offense, while junior pitcher Reid Duncan is likely to get the start this weekend. Frontier faces state No. 1 and reigning 1A state champion Central Catholic.
  • The Knights tout one of the best defensive infields while using bunts, discipline and contact to move runners forward and score. As coach Tim Bordenet said, “We beat teams by making them make mistakes.” Juniors Jackson Cain, Hudson Gutwein and Brinn Robbins are key hitters, while Keaton Brooks maximizes movement and accurately switches speeds with his fastball, curve ball and changeup.

Toughest Pitching Game: McCutcheon (22-4) vs. Westfield (20-10), 3 p.m. at Loeb Stadium in Class 4A

  • Two elite programs will test each other’s depth with McCutcheon led by hard-hitting right-handed sophomore Sammy Swank, who has verbally committed to Kentucky. He will face senior Ty Anderson of Eastern Illinois University (7-3, 69 strikeouts, 1.77 ERA), Paul Tamm of Manhattan University (2.37 ERA in four starts) or Nick Bodenberg of Hanover College (12 appearances, 2.66 ERA and one save). ).
  • Swank was one of the most dominant pitchers in the area, throwing a complete game shutout in the section semifinal against defending champion Harrison while showing improved control and location of his slider and changeup. There is plenty of support for McCutcheon, with senior right-hander Owen Smith diving deep into games, while sophomore Jake Winger has become the Mavericks’ No. 1 reliever. Winger mixes his slider in and out of the strike zone, effectively combining with a fastball, and carries a natural inside run to right-handers.

First game between programs: Mishawaka Marian (21-9) vs. Twin Lakes (24-4), 11 a.m. at Logansport in Class 3A

  • Mishawaka Marian and Twin Lakes meet for the first time ever on the Baseball Diamond Saturday for two sports programs whose affiliation with the IHSAA began in 1967.
  • The two couldn’t be more different in terms of geography and player rotation. Mishawaka Marian has nine seniors led by catcher Evann Schmidtendorf (.359 average, five doubles, 31 RBIs), Eastern Illinois commit pitcher and infielder Chase Bays (.448 average, 10 doubles, three triples, two home runs and 31 RBIs).
  • Twin Lakes has talented seniors in its ranks led by speedy outfielder Clayton Burton (.429), third baseman Tanner Coble (.400, three home runs, seven doubles, 35 RBIs), infielder CJ Brummett (.423, six doubles, 23 RBIs ). ), Tristan Robertson (.324). Additionally, it features talented underclassmen in left-handed pitcher Mason Brummett (6-1, 1.91 ERA, 45 strikeouts), Carson Wagner (.348, four home runs, 12 doubles and 37 RBIs) and freshman Cooper Dold (.297, 17). RBIs).

Elite shortstops and utility players collide: Benton Central (17-13) vs. Rochester (19-10), 11 a.m. at Loeb Stadium in Class 2A

  • Benton Central junior shortstop/pitcher Tyler Klemme and senior infielder Adrian Torres lead their program against a Rochester team led by junior Tanner Reinartz and senior Colton Ferverda. Klemme was named an Indiana All-Star this season.
  • Klemme and Reinartz are the offensive leaders of their program. Klemme is hitting .548 with six home runs and a .658 on-base percentage, 39 RBIs and 17 stolen bases. Reinartz is hitting .365 with four home runs and a .513 on-base percentage with 31 RBIs. They are two defensive studs who provide their teams with pitching depth.
  • Torres plays third base, but can also compete at first base and as a pitcher. He is hitting .362 with 13 doubles and 30 RBIs, while his counterpart Ferverda is hitting .272 with three home runs, six doubles and 24 RBIs.

Same mileage, different routes: Crawfordsville (12/18) vs. Northfield (17-8), 11 a.m. at Mooresville High School in Class 3A

  • Both Crawfordsville and Northfield are exactly 50 miles apart, albeit in different directions. Crawfordsville travels south while Northfield travels east.
  • Crawfordsville has a lineup with five hitters hitting .300 or better this season. Junior Wyatt Motz is hitting .432 with four triples, seven doubles and a home run. Junior Jude Coursey is hitting .378 with 13 doubles and 18 RBI. Senior pitcher Kale Wemer has a 1.04 ERA with 107 strikeouts in 67 innings this season.

Ethan Hanson is the sports reporter for the Journal & Courier in Lafayette. He can be reached at [email protected]on Twitter Ethan A Hansonand Instagram on ethan_a_hanson.

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