Keyed by a Taylor McKee run in the opening frame and dominance from Zack Thompson on the mound, Wapahani’s baseball team returned to the pedestal it occupied for three seasons before a first-round upset a year ago.
Yes, for the fourth time in five seasons, the Raiders are sectional champions.
They opened things up late in a 7-0 victory against sectional host Frankton, which handed Class 2A No. 1 Wapahani (26-4) one of its few losses during the regular season. The win sends the Raiders on to the Wabash Regional, where they’ll face the winner of the South Vermillion sectional.
Thompson struck out 13 batters in 6 2/3s innings of work, allowing only two hits. The Raiders pulled away with six runs in the fifth and sixth innings, including three driven in by a pair of Jacob Walters doubles.
* New Castle staged a comeback from a 7-0 deficit after three innings to beat Richmond 12-10 for the Class 4A Greenfield-Central Sectional. It was the Trojans’ first sectional title since 1996.
New Castle’s winning runs came in the top of the seventh when freshman Jared Heard pounded a three-run homer with the score tied to put his team ahead 12-9.
New Castle tied the score in the seventh when senior Grant Malott belted a home run.