3A Sectional Preview

Tue May 22, 2012

Sectional 17: Defending Champ – Hammond Clark

Griffith (15-13) looks to be an early favorite. The have won six in a row and most of their losses have come to 4A schools.

Sectional 18: Defending Champ – Andrean

No. 7 Andrean is the favorite to win the sectional. On the mound they are led by Georgia Tech commit Zac Ryan, Cody Haver (Olivet Nazarene), Jimmy Tarala (2013), and Zach Goldasich (2012) will also be important on the mound during the sectional. Mike Brousseau (Oakland), Jeremy Wright, Haver, and Ryan lead an explosive offense. Hanover Central (17-10) and Kankakee Valley (15-12) should meet up in round two with the winner facing off against Andrean in the championship.

Sectional 19: Defending Champ – Mishawaka Marian

Round two should decide the sectional champion as No. 20 Mishawaka Marian (18-6) and No. 13 SB St. Joes (22-4) should meet up. Marian is led on the mound by Valpo commit Drew Hasler who is 6-1 with a 1.34 ERA.  Josh Turnock leads the offense at .364 with 11 RBI and Andrew Price is hitting .339 with 12 RBI. St. Joe’s has had an impressive last three outings beating Elkhart Central, Penn, and Mishawaka Marian. They have beaten Marian twice this season. 

Sectional 20: Defending Champ – West Lafayette

West Lafayette (22-7) looks to be the favorite, but could have to go through Northwestern (16-5) and Western (18-9). West Lafayette is led on the mound by Miami (OH) commit Brian Ghiselli who sits in the mid to upper 80s on the mound. Western is led by Junior Adam Bolen and sophomore Evan Warden.

Sectional 21: Defending Champ – NorthWood

Fairfield (17-9) comes in a slight favorite. Their top two arms are Garrett Scott (2.90 ERA) and Jordan Hochstetler (5-0, 1.93 ERA). Zach New Comer is leading their offense hitting .409 with a homerun and 26 RBI. Hochstetler (.386) and Ben Hunley (.382) are also both important keys to their offense.

Sectional 22: Defending Champ – New Haven

No. 23 Leo (22-3) comes in as the favorite. They get a bye, but may have their toughest test of the sectional with Angola (16-12). Jackson Boyce and Joey Heath make up part of a lineup that has scored a lot of runs. Two of Leo’s three losses have come to 4A schools.

Sectional 23: Defending Champ – Norwell

Bellmont (17-8) and Norwell (18-9) are the two favorites in the sectional. Bellmont beat Norwell earlier this year 7-4. Bellmont has some big wins this year beating Huntington North, DeKalb, Munster, and Northfield. Brian Hakes has had a big year for them hitting .492 with five HR and 27 RBI. Gunnar Cale (.386, 14 RBI) will also be big for their offense. They spread their innings pretty evenly among four pitchers with Phillip Bauman leading the way 5-1 with a 2.84 ERA. Norwell is led by two high prospects in Josh VanMeter (2013) and Jonah Patten (2014). Norwell will have to get through Whitko ace Ethan Nicodemus 7-0, 3.42 ERA.

Sectional 24: Defending Champ – Yorktown

The two favorites in sectional 24 are Hamilton Heights (17-9) and Delta (17-10) and they should meet up in the championship. Hamilton Heights is led by UIC commits Tyler Anderson and Spencer Dull. Ethan Engelhardt sets the table well for the middle of the order. Logan and Landon Cunningham and Nick Pickett provide an abundance of offense. Austin Conway is the ace for Delta going 4-3 with a 3.55 ERA and 84 strikeouts. Taran Temple leads a potent offense hitting .419 with five homeruns and 32 RBI. Delta will have to get passed Muncie Central who beat them earlier in the season.

Sectional 25: Defending Champ – Crawfordsville

Defending state champ Crawfordsville (20-8) will enter the sectional as the favorite. Their offense has carried them throughout the season. Three seniors have led the way Caleb Rasmussen (.365, 2 HR, 20 RBI), Craig Brainard (.396, 2 HR, 28 RBI), and Chris Minks (.396, 2 HR, 26 RBI). Junior Jordan Jackson has also had a good year hitting. 329 with 30 RBI.

Sectional 26: Defending Champ – Brebeuf

Brebeuf (16-8) and Guerin Catholic (16-11) are the favorites to win the sectional. Brebeuf has the top arm in the sectional with Notre Dame Commit Connor Hale (86-90). Nic Myers (Franklin) will also be another good arm for Brebeuf to use. Their offense is led by Junior Joey Perkins, Senior Nic Meyers, and Shaw. Guerin Catholic is led at the plate by Adam Neidlinger (.455, 16 RBI) and Adam Hufford (.390, 27 RBI). Connor Robinson (5-3, 3.31 ERA) and Neidlinger (3.34 ERA) are their 1-2 on the mound. Mt. Vernon (Fortville) has a lot of talent and could play spoiler in the sectional.

Sectional 27: Defending Champ – Mt. Vernon (Fortville)

With Mt. Vernon moving out of the sectional, Danville (12-12) and Beech Grove (12-11) look to be the favorites. Jordan Sloan (.406, 23 RBI) and Zach Barkdull (.406, 20 RBI) are the biggest offensive threats for Beech Grove. Jonathon Hicks (2.93 ERA) and Andrew Sparks (4-3, 4.86 ERA) are the 1-2 for Beech Grove. These two will face off in round one and Beech Grove will likely have to face Danville’s ace, Junior DJ Eckert (81-84 mph).

Sectional 28: Defending Champ – Edgewood

Edgewood (15-9) comes in as the favorite looking to repeat their strong run in the state tournament last year. They have wins over 4A schools Bloomington North and Hamilton Southeastern, and have beaten four of the teams in this sectional already this year. Jacob Bauer is their ace going 6-4 with a 1.98 ERA and 86 strikeouts. Zach Allam is their offensive leader hitting .413 with 20 RBI.

Sectional 29: Defending Champ – Greensburg

No. 15 Greensburg (22-1) comes into the sectional as the clear favorite. On the mound their ace is St. Joe’s commit RHP Kevin Meyer. At the plate they are led by catcher Austin Schultz who hit .500 with six homeruns and 36 RBI. Seniors Ethan Bailey and Clayton Tressler will also be big parts of a Greensburg offense that can put up runs in bunches.

Sectional 30: Defending Champ – Silver Creek

This should be one of the most competitive sectionals in 3A. At least five teams have a good shot at winning: North Harrison (20-4), Corydon Central (19-6), Charlestown (20-9), Silver Creek (19-10), and Brownstown Central (19-8).

Sectional 31: Defending Champ – Heritage Hills

No. 11 Jasper (26-3) is the favorite coming in and will likely meet up with defending champ Heritage Hills (19-8) in the final. Jasper is led by the Geisler brothers. Mark (2013) and Dane (2012) hit in the middle of the order and provide a lot of power. Junior Nick Gobert and Senior Caleb Begle are good at the top of the lineup, setting up big innings.

Sectional 32: Defending Champ – Mt. Vernon (Posey)

At 22-6 Mt. Vernon (Posey) is the favorite to repeat as sectional champion. They will get a test in their first game against Gibson Southern who beat them earlier this year. Mt. Vernon had big wins against Evansville North twice, New Haven, and Evansville Harrison.