High school baseball regional previews

Indian Creek and Edinburgh still are alive in the state baseball tournament with regional competition awaiting both the Braves and Lancers. Plenty of challenges await both programs as they vie to advance to semistate in their respective classes.

Here’s a closer look at both regionals:

Class A Morristown Regional

Lutheran (16-7) vs. Edinburgh (12-11), 10 a.m.

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White River Valley (2-18) vs. Rising Sun (18-5), 1 p.m.

Championship, 7 p.m.

Players to watch: Lutheran — Matthew Alter, Kem Patrick, Noah Wood. Edinburgh — Parker Bryant, Coltan Henderson, Zach Murphy. White River Valley — Wyatt McCammon, Lane Skinner, Dalton York. Rising Sun — Derrick Eldridge, Bryant Housemyer, Camden Montgomery.

Outlook: By virtue of its No. 5 ranking, Rising Sun takes the field as the favorite — which at this time of the season means absolutely nothing. Returning from a two-week absence after suffering a fractured knuckle on his non-pitching hand, Edinburgh junior Zach Murphy pitched a solid game in an 11-1 victory to seal the program’s fourth sectional title. Lutheran defeated the Lancers 3-2 in a regular-season game played April 22; Murphy, however, didn’t pitch that day. White River Valley has been an interesting story, posting an 0-18 record in the regular season and then winning its two sectional games against Clay City and North Central (Famersburg). The Wolverines have scored only 64 runs all season.

Class 3A Brebeuf Jesuit Regional

Tri-West (17-6) vs. Indian Creek (14-7-1), 11 a.m.

Brebeuf (17-14) vs. Northview (22-3), 1:30 p.m.

Championship, 7 p.m.

Players to watch: Tri-West — Lucas Goodin, Nick Rabe, Derek Wagner. Indian Creek — Trevor Ankney, Eric Braughton, Dawson Read. Brebeuf — Connor Drews, Cam Farren, E.J. White. Northview — Brigham Booe, Matt Clawson, Trey Shaw.

Outlook: Crawfordsville was supposed to host today, but an unplayable field forced regional games to be moved to Brebeuf, where suddenly the Braves benefit by playing in familiar surroundings. The pitching duo of sophomore Trevor Ankney and senior Eric Braughton is capable of playing a major role for Indian Creek as it looks to advance to next week’s semistate. After all, the Braves’ final two sectional victories were 1-0 decisions against Danville and Beech Grove. Northview, the lone ranked squad of the four at No. 4 in the latest 3A poll, handed the Braves a 9-2 loss April 15. Northview’s three losses this season all came in its first six games.

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Mike Beas is a sports writer for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at mbeas@dailyjournal.net.