CRAWFORDSVILLE — One is a future hurler for college baseball power Vanderbilt University. The other hadn’t yielded a run in three weeks.
New Palestine faced two ace starting pitchers Saturday at the Crawfordsville Regional – and knocked both from the game.
In continuing its season-long offensive onslaught Saturday, NP also received sterling performances from three pitchers to claim its sixth regional championship. The Dragons (23-9) followed a 6-4 semifinal edging of Class 3A No. 2 Lebanon with a 4-0 blanking of Edgewood in the championship game.
NP advances to Saturday’s Plainfield Semistate to face No. 9 Gibson Southern (23-7) at 1 p.m. With a victory, the Dragons will play the victor of No. 1 Andrean (29-4) and Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger (19-11) for the 3A state championship either Friday, June 20 or Saturday, June 21 at Victory Field in Indianapolis.
“A lot of kids contributed,” said third-year Dragons’ coach Shawn Lyons, who has guided the red and white to the semistate round for the second time in his three seasons as coach. “I’m really happy. Every program works hard, and I understand that, but it’s nice for these kids who work really hard and they have something to show for it this year.”