Scouting Saturday's high school baseball semistate matchups

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Scouting Saturday's high school baseball semistate matchups

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Class 4A Semistate

Lafayette Jeff (22-12) vs. Elkhart Central (30-1)

Time: 4 p.m. (approx.)

How they got here: Lafayette Jeff won the regional it hosted by defeating Hamilton Southeastern 2-1 (8 inn.) and Homestead 8-5. Elkhart Central won the LaPorte Regional by defeating South Bend Clay 5-4 (11 inn.) and Lake Central 4-2.

Tournament history: Lafayette Jeff has not played in a semistate in 25 years but won championships in 1969, ’71, ’73 and ’87. Elkhart Central is playing in its fourth semistate and seeks its first championship.

About Lafayette Jeff: The Bronchos have won six straight. … Lafayette Jeff is 18-9 against Class 4A teams. … The Bronchos have nearly as many walks (148) as strikeouts (162) this season. … Top hitters: Keaton Hamilton (.324, 25 runs, 2 HR, 17 RBIs), Austin Albrecht (.318, 24 runs, 12 HBP, 11 SB), Peter Ripke (.305, 28 runs, 6 HR, 28 RBIs), Bailey Perdue (.300, 22 runs, 11 RBIs). … Top pitchers: Griff Clark (10-1, 1.79 ERA, 39 SO, 19 BB), Ripke (7-2, 2.12 ERA, 66 SO, 9 BB), Ethan Smith (3-2, 3.90 ERA, 25 SO, 22 BB).

About Elkhart Central: The Blazers ended the regular season ranked No. 3. … Elkhart Central has won 20 straight since suffering its only loss against Penn, 4-3, on April 26. … The Blazers have shut out 11 opponents and held 14 others to either one or two runs. … Top hitters: Tanner Tully (.505, 45 runs, 9 HR, 29 RBIs), Casey Ianigro (.457, 26 runs, 2 HR, 37 RBIs), Cory Malcom (.447, 32 runs, 3 HR, 30 RBIs), Matt Eppers (.370, 25 runs, 3 HR, 37 RBIs, 21 SB), Riley Futterknecht (.348, 25 runs, 12 doubles, 30 RBIs). … Top pitchers: Tully (8-1, 0.48 ERA, 96 SO, 19 BB), Malcom (9-0, 0.73 ERA, 89 SO, 9 BB), Futterknecht (7-0, 1.56 ERA, 69 SO, 23 BB).

What’s next: The winner plays either Jeffersonville (23-5) or Cathedral (27-0) in the state championship game at Victory Field in Indianapolis.

If you go: Coveleski Stadium is at 501 W. South Street in South Bend.

Class 3A Semistate

Jasper (31-3) vs. Crawfordsville (25-10)

Time: 4 p.m. (approx.)

How they got here: Jasper won the regional it hosted by defeating Silver Creek 5-1 and Gibson Southern 5-0. Crawfordsville won the Mt. Vernon (Fortville) Regional by defeating West Vigo 5-1 and Brebeuf 5-3.

Tournament history: Jasper won the most recent of its 11 semistate championships in 2010. Crawfordsville is playing in its fifth semistate and previously won championships in 2008 and ’11.

About Jasper: The Wildcats ended the regular season ranked No. 1. … Jasper has appeared in six state championship games, winning five titles. … Jasper’s 23 regional championships are a state record. … Top hitters: Mark Geisler (7 HR, 45 RBIs), Scott Stallwood (N/A), Andy Knust (N/A), Devon Traylor (N/A). … Top pitchers: Nick Gobert (8-0), Giesler (8-2).

About Crawfordsville: The Athenians ended the regular season ranked No. 7. … Crawfordsville has won eight straight. … The Athenians have outscored their opponents 75-16 in that streak. … Top hitters: Cam Monroe (.400, 47 runs, 2 HR, 31 RBIs, 21 SB), Jordan Jackson (.376, 34 runs, 2 HR, 32 RBIs), Dane Baldwin (.318, 17 runs, 28 RBIs), Logan Meadows (.303, 28 runs, 28 RBIs, 22 SB), Jake Zurawski (.303, 35 runs, 23 RBIs, 13 HBP). … Top pitchers: Chandler Pursell (11-1, 2.12 ERA, 91 SO, 40 BB), Connor Smith (6-0, 1.94 ERA, 55 SO, 22 BB), Justin Raters (4-4, 2.54 ERA, 49 SO, 14 BB).

What’s next: The winner plays either Western (23-5) or Norwell (31-3) in the state championship game at Victory Field in Indianapolis.

If you go: Ruxer Field is at 328 W. 10th Street in Jasper.

Class A Semistate

Central Catholic (29-5) vs. North White (25-4)

Time: 1 p.m.

How they got here: Central Catholic won the regional it hosted by defeating Rockville 8-0 and Monroe Central 11-0 (5 inn.). North White won the Caston Regional by defeating Culver 4-1 and Elkhart Christian 7-1.

Tournament history: Central Catholic is the four-time defending state champion and has six semistate championships. North White is playing in its first semistate.

About Central Catholic: The Knights ended the regular season ranked No. 2. … Central Catholic has won 13 straight. … The Knights have not lost a postseason game since the 2008 sectional championship, a span of 31 games. … Top hitters: Jake Churchill (.419, 35 runs, 12 doubles, 17 RBIs), Jackson Anthrop (.361, 30 runs, 16 RBIs, 12 SB), Adam Lovell (.348, 26 runs, 9 RBIs), Andrew Hubertz (.303, 24 runs, 1 HR, 26 RBIs), Evan Kennedy (.290, 31 runs, 3 HR, 21 RBIs), Ryan DeBoy (.290, 14 runs, 4 HR, 36 RBIs). … Top pitchers: Hayes Cronk (8-2, 1.62 ERA, 54 SO, 9 BB), Lucas Richardson (6-1, 2.37 ERA, 28 SO, 20 BB), Hubertz (5-0, 1.57 ERA, 47 SO, 13 BB).

About North White: The Vikings ended the regular season ranked No. 7. … North White is a first-time regional champion. … The Vikings are the first Midwest Conference team to win a regional title since Frontier in 2006. … Top hitters: Drake Fleck (.550, 30 runs, 28 RBIs, 26 SB), Colin Hileman (.465, 43 runs, 11 doubles, 25 RBIs, 40 SB), Luke Diener (.421, 22 runs, 35 RBIs, 16 SB), D.J. Buschman (.407, 15 runs, 15 doubles, 40 RBIs), Kolton Linback (.361, 26 runs, 2 HR, 30 RBIs. … Top pitchers: Buschman (11-1, 2.00 ERA, 116 SO, 23 BB), Diener (8-1, 1.58 ERA, 44 SO, 35 BB), Caleb Hendress (4-2, 1.91 ERA, 47 SO, 15 BB).

What’s next: The winner plays either Vincennes Rivet (18-12) or Rising Sun (23-3) in the state championship game at Victory Field in Indianapolis.

If you go: Coveleski Stadium is at 501 W. South Street in South Bend.

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