(Indianapolis)- For the second consecutive season, Carroll won a nailbiter in the Class 4A baseball state championship game against Indianapolis Cathedral. The Chargers knocked off the Irish, 5-3, Saturday night at Victory Field to win the school’s second baseball state title.
Cathedral’s starting pitcher, Dillon Peters, struggled with his control early in the game. Peters issued four walks in the first two innings, and the Irish found themselves in a 3-0 hole after two. Despite struggling to find his rhythm, Peters still finished with 12 strikeouts in the complete game.
Gavin Downs, who also pitched a complete game for Carroll, worked his way in and out of jams throughout the night. He induced a double play ground ball with the bases loaded to end the second inning, and then struck out Peters with the game-tying run on first base to end the game. Downs gave up 10 hits and struck out four.
Carroll first baseman Steve Remesnik led the way offensively with two hits and an RBI, and right fielder Austin Keathley knocked in two runs with a second-inning double. Carroll scored an insurance run in the bottom of the 6th, courtesy of a perfectly-executed suicide squeeze by hitter Tanner Ginder and baserunner Peyton Lengacher. Dave Ginder’s Chargers ran their winning streak to 25 games and finished the season with a 32-2 record.
For the Irish, who finish 28-3 under the guidance of head coach Rich Andriole, it was a second consecutive Class 4A runner up finish. Nick McCarty was 3-for-3 with a double for Cathedral, and Phil Mosey went 2-for-3 with an RBI, a run scored, and a stolen base.
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