Area teams will benefit from IU's tourney run

If they make a baseball version of the movie “Hoosiers,” the inspiring locker room pregame speech just might end with Indiana coach Tracy Smith imploring his team, “Let’s win it for all the cold-weather schools that never got a chance to be here.”

Unlike fictional Hickory High, which won a basketball championship for all the “little schools,” IU is playing with the hopes of all Midwestern snow-belt schools that have fallen short of Omaha’s College World Series in recent decades.

“I hope their success helps people realize Indiana is an outstanding baseball state,” said Franklin College coach Lance Marshall, who is among Johnson County baseball coaches who believe the Hoosiers’ success in advancing to the NCAA championship will raise the visibility and credibility of Indiana as a baseball hotbed despite the sometimes chilly spring climate.

IU plays Louisville in the opening round of the World Series on Saturday (8 p.m., ESPN), with play continuing through June 26.


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