Boys Varsity Baseball · LaVille Baseball Aiming For Fourth IHSAA Sectional Title; Eastside Up Next


Topeka, IN. – The LaVille Baseball team will be shooting for its fourth baseball title in school history.  The Lancers (21-5) will face two-time defending champion Eastside (23-3) in the Class 2A Sectional 35 title game Monday, May 27.  The first pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Westview High School.

The winner will advance to the Class 2A Whiting Regional on Saturday, June 1.  Regional games are schedule for 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 8 p.m.

LaVille, following sectional victories over Prairie Heights and Bremen, have earned a shot at the first baseball title since 1991.  The Lancers have won three baseball sectional titles in school history.

LaVille Baseball coach Brian Lawler knows Eastside will be a challenge.

“We know Eastside is a really good team that can swing the bats,” said Lawler.  Eastside won the sectional last year so they are used to playing in this game.

“The keys for us to be successful starts with our defense,” continued Lawler.  “We can’t give a team like Eastside extra outs and we have to play error free baseball to have a chance to win.  And hopefully we can continue to swing the bats and put pressure on the other team.  Of course pitching will be key and we can’t put runners on base.”

Eastside has won 11 straight games and are the defending Northeast Corner Conference champions.  The Blazers also received rating points and are honorable mention in the final Indiana Baseball Coaches Association poll.  Eastside is 8-1 on the road, including 3-0 on games played at a neutral site.

There are two common opponents between Eastside and LaVille.  The Blazers defeated Prairie Heights 11-3 on May 17.  The Lancers, meanwhile, eliminated the Panthers, 10-0, in the first round of the IHSAA state tournament on May 22.  LaVille is 11-5 on the road, including 2-0 in games played on a neutral site.

Top hitters for Eastside are Maguire Jacobs and Chase Franz.  Jacobs had three hits, including a two-run home run, drove in three runs and scored three times as Eastside won the NECC title. Franz, meanwhile, added two hits, with a double and a solo home run, scored twice and drove in one.

Isaiah Herbster leads LaVille with a .438 batting average, while Leyton Czarnecki adds a .429 average. The Lancers have 83 extra base hits, including 16 home runs.  Reese Gallup leads LHS with 40 RBIs and six home runs, while Herbster adds 30 RBI and three long balls.

LaVille is 5-3 in IHSAA sectional games under coach Lawler.  The Lancers have not played Eastside under coach Lawler.

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2019 IHSAA CLASS 2A SECTIONAL 35

Baseball Championship

EASTSIDE BLAZERS

Overall Conference Home Away Neutral Win % Conference % RF RA
22-3 10-1 11-2 8-1 3-0 .880 .909 231 98

 

LAVILLE LANCERS

Overall Conference Home Away Neutral Win % Conference % RF RA
22-5 14-0 9-0 11-5 2-0 .815 1.000 258 63