Jeeps fall just shy of regional championshipJune 1, 2021
By JIMMY LAFAKIS
LOOGOOTEE — A consistent drizzle did not stop Northeast Dubois (17-8) and Loogootee from engaging in a thrilling Regional 32 championship on Tuesday evening. The lead swayed back and forth between the Blue Chip Conference foes. In the end, the Jeeps lost the tightly contested 7-6 game.
Northeast Dubois snagged a late 6-5 advantage after scoring four runs in the top of the seventh inning. The rally ignited the Jeeps in their quest for a comeback victory.
“We know we’re capable of that,” Northeast Dubois head coach Dion Terwiske said. “We just needed to start that a little bit sooner or have another inning like that in order to put a little bit more pressure on the Loogootee team.”
Jeeps senior Becca Brosmer knocked in the Jeeps’ first run of the frame with a fielder’s choice. When the Jeeps trailed 5-3 with two outs, sophomore Grace Lueken smacked a two-run double into center field. Northeast Dubois junior Hadley Fuhrman added a go-ahead single in a clutch situation.
“I told them, ‘Let the next person get up, let the next person get up,’” Terwiske said. “We started moving, and everybody started clicking. Once again, it’s just that confidence thing. Once you see someone hit in front of you, you’re like, ‘Well, I can do that, too.’ We got on that roll. We just needed another inning like that earlier in the game. It’s outstanding. That’s all you can ask for at the end of a game like that.”
Northeast Dubois allowed two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Jeeps came quite close to avenging their 4-1 loss to the Lions on May 17.
“We kept them in the ballpark tonight,” Terwiske said. “We kept their hits to a minimum. We had a game that we were in right toward the end. We had a chance to win, and that’s all you can ask for. I told the girls, ‘If we keep winning sectionals and keep knocking on this door, we’ll get there.’”
The Jeeps tallied eight hits in the contest. Lueken and sophomore Rhylan Kalb notched two hits apiece for Northeast Dubois. Fuhrman struck out five Loogootee batters in 6.1 innings of work in the circle.
Northeast Dubois loses three seniors — Alexus Royer, Kayleigh VanPelt and Brosmer. Although the trio played their final games in Northeast Dubois uniforms, Terwiske said that he will welcome all three student-athletes back into the Jeeps’ dugout at any time.
“They’ll be the first two-time sectional champs at Dubois,” he said. “They can hang their hats on that. They also helped build this program to where we now expect to win sectionals. We want to compete and try to win a regional. They’re a big part of that. They were here as this program grew. We know what they mean to us.”
Terwiske highlighted the Jeeps’ resilience through a 2-3 start to the campaign. Once Northeast Dubois settled into a rhythm at the plate, the wins arrived in fast and furious fashion. The Jeeps aim to revive that consistency next season.
“I’m just really proud of them for coming back, fighting and going all the way to the end there,” Terwiske said. “I’m looking forward to next year. We obviously lose those three, but we have a ton coming back, too. We’re playing 10 all the time, and we’ve got seven of the 10 coming back. I mean, we have to feel good about where our program is and where it’s going to be next year.”
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