The Mishawaka Baseball Team is headed back to the Final 4 for the first time since 1997! The Cavemen beat Lake Central Monday night to claim the Regional Championship 2-0. Mishawaka took a lead in the bottom of the first. Senior Grant Jablonski hit a double to start the inning. Lake Central got aggressive on a sacrifice bunt by AJ Rosebush as they were trying to get Jablonski at third. The throw was off the mark and Grant scored to give the Cavemen a 1-0 lead. Three hitter Derrick Dawson then smoked an RBI double to right field scoring Rosebush to give Mishawaka a 2-0 lead.
The Cavemen had another chance to score as Sam Shively had a hit up the middle with Nick Bodle on 2nd. Bodle slid wide on a play at the plate and the umpire called him out after a great throw by the Lake Central outfielder.
Defensively, the three headed monster of Jablonski, Shively and Junior Ryan Watt continued to shine. While Jablonskii won a complete game Saturday, it was Shively on the mound in the Championship. Shively went 5 innings and only gave up 2 hits. The Taylor bound senior didn’t walk anyone while striking out 2. Sam had a huge pickoff in the top of the first that set the tone for the night. Lake Central’s biggest threat came in the 4th inning when they got bases loaded with no outs. A ball was hit back to Shively who threw to Derrick Dawson who fired to Sam Rajski for a double play. Shively then struck out the next hitter to hold the Indians scoreless. Junior Ryan Watt came in and shut the door the final 2 innings to get the save. A fly ball caught by Bodle set off a celebration in the infield. After the game the players talked with Director of Athletics Dean Huppert as they were thrilled to be going to the Final 4 for the first time in 22 years.
25-6 Mishawaka now goes to Plymouth for a one game Semi-State Championship against 20-8 Hamilton Southeastern. The winner of that game advances to Victory Field in Indianapolis to play either 24-4 Columbus East or 20-13-1 Avon. The State Finals this year are Monday and Tuesday June 17th and 18th.