Braves bow out of postseason; CG plays on


The Indian Creek High School baseball team’s memorable season came to an end with one disastrous inning.

Northview scored six runs in the top of the seventh en route to an an 11-4 victory against the Braves on Monday night in the Class 3A Crawfordsville Regional championship game. The Braves finished with an 18-3 record.

The Braves got two on with two outs in the bottom of the seventh before a strikeout ended the game.

The Knights (17-6) had taken a 5-4 lead in the top of the sixth. Then the bottom fell out for the Braves and pitcher Trevor Ankney. The Knights took advantage of two batters hit by a pitch, a walk and some timely hits.

Indian Creek scored first when Sam Willis singled, stole second and came home on Dawson Reed’s single. Northview tied in the bottom

The Braves took a 2-1 lead on a walk and an error by the Northview shortstop.

Northview loaded the bases with no one out with two walks and infield hit. After getting two outs, Ankney walked in a run to tie it 2-all. Lyle Lancaster then knocked in a run with a infield single.

Dylan Sprong’s two-run triple put the Indian Creek back in the lead at 4-3 after five innings. The lead was short-lived as Northview came back with a two-run double by Braydon Tucker.

The Braves had six hits, two each by Sam Willis and Reed, and committed three errors. Northview had seven hits and also committed three errors.

Indian Creek staged a big comeback to win the semifinal game. Trailing 6-3 in the top of the seventh inning, Sam Willis hit a grand slam to lift the Braves to a 7-6 victory against Frankfort in Monday’s semifinal.

Northview advanced by upsetting 3A No. 5 Brebeuf Jesuit in the other semifinal.

Center Grove advances

The Trojans advanced to semistate in dramatic fashion as Brian Gudeman stroked a run-scoring single to lift the Trojans to a 5-4 victory against Class 4A No. 9 New Albany in the Evansville Reitz Regional on Monday night.

The Trojans (25-3) now will play Roncalli in the semistate.

“Tonight was a great team win,” Center Grove coach Ken Hatfield said. “We had a lot of people contribute all the way down the lineup. Gudeman had struck out three times in the game and he didn’t let it get him down. He stayed focused and came up with the game-winning hit.

“Very proud of this team and what they have accomplished.”

The Trojans knocked off Bloomington South 5-1 in the semifinals. The game was halted by rain Saturday with the Trojans leading 1-0 and batting in the bottom of the second.

Will Smithey, who knocked in the first run with a sacrifice fly, made it 2-0 with a run-scoring single. Gudeman deliver a two-run single to make it 4-0. Braden Pinegar had an RBI double for the Trojans’ final run

Mark Ambrogi is a sports correspondent for the Daily Journal.