Class 1A Baseball Regional CapsulesJune 3, 2016
Northeast Dubois Jeeps
Ranking: not ranked
Road to regional: Cannelton sectional — handled the host Bulldogs 17-2 in five innings and bounced two-time defending sectional champ Tecumseh 6-1.
Postseason championships: 9 sectionals, 3 regionals
Team tidbits: After winning regional titles in 2005 and ’07 when the regional round was a one-game format, Northeast Dubois hasn’t broken through in its last four regional appearances, though the Jeeps’ last four regional losses have all been close. They fell by two-run margins to Tecumseh in 2008 and ’10, then lost 2-0 to South Central (Elizabeth) in the 2012 regional final and 1-0 to South Central in the 2013 regional semis. ... Not much separates the Jeeps’ hitting leaders, as Parker Zehr (Jr., IF) bats a team-best .367 from his leadoff slot and close behind are Zach Bleemel (Sr., LF) at .357, Case Eisenhut (Soph., P/IF) at .343 and Cayden Knies (Sr., 1B) at .339. Keigan Meyer (Soph., RF) hits .333 from the No. 7 hole while Owen Fuhrman (Soph., C) leads the Jeeps with six doubles. ... Zehr, Knies and Jaxon Denu (Sr., OF) all finished this school year with two sectional titles after winning with the tennis team last fall.
Ranking: not ranked
Road to regional: Loogootee sectional — clipped Loogootee 6-5 and held off No. 3 Vincennes Rivet 10-8.
Postseason championships: 10 sectionals, 2 regionals, 1 semistate
Team tidbits: After going six years since its last sectional title, Barr-Reeve is back in the winner’s circle under veteran coach Joe Rademacher, an Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame inductee who returned this season to lead the Vikings. Rademacher, a graduate of Holland High School, coached Barr-Reeve for 33 seasons before retiring in 2010 with more than 400 wins and a state runner-up finish in 1998. In Rademacher’s return this spring, the Vikings started 0-5 (with two losses apiece to Class 3A and 4A foes plus 2A No. 10 Forest Park) but rebounded to capture the Blue Chip Conference crown. ... The Vikings survived a wild Memorial Day en route to their sectional crown, starting with Jalon Graber’s two-out, walk-off RBI single to beat Loogootee after the Lions knotted the game on a late grand slam. Barr-Reeve built a 10-5 lead in the final and hung on after Rivet scored three times in the seventh. ... Seven of Barr-Reeve’s 10 sectional titles came in the single-class era (prior to 1998).
Trinity Lutheran Cougars
Ranking: No. 6
Road to regional: West Washington sectional — nicked Orleans 1-0 and dumped West Washington 6-3.
Postseason championships: 4 sectionals
Team tidbits: Jacob Schult (Sr., P/INF) practically handled things on his own in the sectional opener against Orleans, striking out eight with no walks in six innings. Schult also fielded five outs via grounders or popups. He and Jake Moore (Jr., P/OF) are the team’s top hitters. ... The only other senior on Trinity’s team is Bobby Tabeling (P/CF), whose father, Bob, is the Cougars’ head coach. Bobby, a three-sport athlete at the Seymour parochial school, played soccer last fall for his older brother Brandan Tabeling, who coaches the soccer team. ... The Cougars and first-round regional opponent Lanesville played April 16 in a regular-season game won 3-1 by Trinity Lutheran on two tiebreaking runs in the top of the sixth inning. The two squads combined for just five hits in the game. ... Trinity is the only ranked squad of the eight teams remaining in the southern bracket in Class 1A. Four ranked teams remain in the 1A north: No. 2 Pioneer, No. 5 Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, No. 9 Hagerstown and No. 10 North White.
Ranking: not ranked
Road to regional: Lanesville sectional — overcame Christian Academy of Indiana 10-6 and eliminated Borden 4-1.
Postseason championships: 3 sectionals, 1 regional
Team tidbits: Lanesville won its other two sectionals in 2010 and 1975. This year’s title required a late rally, as the Eagles trailed 1-0 into the top of the sixth in the sectional final before chalking up all their runs in that inning. Brenden Bube (Jr., P/SS) pushed Lanesville ahead with a two-run double, and Bube later helped end things on the mound by finishing a five-hit, 11-strikeout complete game. ... In the sectional semifinals, Lanesville fended off an offensive challenge from six-win Christian Academy with some stout hitting of its own, as Mitchell Bailey drove in four runs and Greg Daly singled three times and scored three times. ... After Bube (.507 batting average) and Daly (.483), the next-highest regular is Ryan McCubbins at .290. ... Bailey (4-1, 2.20 ERA) and Bube (3-4, 2.13 ERA, 79 strikeouts) have combined to hurl 841⁄3 innings. ... Lanesville’s last two regular-season games were both decided by 18-run margins: a 22-4 win over Crothersville and an 18-0 loss to Providence.
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