A big fifth inning was all Shakamak needed as the Lakers defeated Rockville, 3-2, in the IHSAA Class A state championship game at Victory Field in Indianapolis.
It was Shakamak's second state championship in any sport, both in baseball to go along with it's 2008 Class A title. It was also Lakers coach Chip Sweet's last game as he'll retire after 22 seasons in charge. The game marked his first championship as coach and came in his second stint on the job (1990-2006, 2010-14).
Trailing 2-0, the third-ranked Lakers (27-6) broke through for three runs with two outs in the fifth.
Brett Yeryar's RBI single to right scored Tanner Yeryar Two batters later, Mike Huddleston hit a 1-2 pitch for a 2 RBI single to right field to put Shakamak ahead for good.
Following the game, members of the IHSAA Executive Committee announced Brett Yeryar of Shakamak High School as the winner of this year’s L.V. Phillips Mental Attitude Award in Class 1A Baseball. He is the son of Brent and Kelly Yeryar of Jasonville and will attend Vincennes University where he'll continue playing baseball.
Eighth-ranked Noblesville got the go-ahead score in the top of the sixth inning and held on for a 2-1 victory over Terre Haute North for the IHSAA Class 4A state championship at Victory Field in Indianapolis.
Terre Haute North took an early 1-0 lead in its first at-bat when Nathan Will smacked an RBI singled to left.
Nathan Will of Terre Haute North Vigo High School as the winner of this year’s L.V. Phillips Mental Attitude Award in Class 4A Baseball. He is the son of David and Julie Will of Terre Haute and will attend Anderson University where he'll study Physical Therapy and play baseball.