#1 Andrean will be up next for unranked Jay County in this Saturday’s IHSAA 3A Baseball Semistate game in Kokomo. The Patriots are the only Stateline area team remaining in the IHSAA baseball tournament.
Andrean yesterday won the 3A Griffith Regional title knocking off Griffith 11-1 in 5 innings in the semifinal game and followed that up by beating last year’s 3A State champion South Bend St. Joseph 2-1 in the championship game. Vanderbilt recruit Mike Doolin went 6 1/3 innings allowing just 1 hit, walking five and striking out 11. Andrean’s Joe Rycerz hit a home run for the 59’ers.
The Regional title was the 13th for Andrean. Andrean has won 11 sectional titles in the single-class tournament and grabbed a 4A title last year. All five of its state championships have been in 3A. The last two years the 59’ers have been in 4A via the success factor, returning to 3A this season.
Playing a strong out-of-state schedule this season Andrean played eight schools from nearby Illinois and traveled to Tennessee for a tournament to start the season.
Andrean key players (stats before Regional play)
- Mike Doolin (8-1, 0.45 ERA, 96 SO; 31 RBIs) commited to Vanderbilt
- Clay Thompson (8-1; .376, 10 doubles, 30 RBIs, 34 runs) committed to Oakland University
- Joe Rycerz (4 HRs, 32 RBIs)
- Nick Fushi (2 HRs, 1 triple, 10 doubles, 27 RBIs, 23 runs) committed to Ball State
With three 59’ers committed to play D I baseball, the top player on the team is Mike Doolin who is headed to Vanderbilt.
Andrean coach Dave Pishkur told the Northwest Indiana Times:
“He is literally, without a doubt, the most coveted player I’ve coached.”
Doolin had offers from Miami, Duke, Virginia, North Carolina, Indiana, Purdue, Penn State and Michigan.
59’ers road to the semistate-
Class 3A Griffith Regional
Andrean 2 South Bend St. Joseph 1 – Championship
Andrean 11 Griffith 1 – 5 innings – Semifinals