WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – It’s not the IHSAA baseball tournament without the Central Catholic Knights. Once again the Knights are in prime position to compete for a state title, this time against Class 2A competition.
It wasn’t easy. But it doesn’t matter how you get the job done, just that you do. The Knights finished off Westview Saturday night in 18 innings to move on to the semi-state round against the Wapahani Raiders.
The Raiders carry the Class 2A number one ranking in the state into Saturday’s matchup with CC, but the Knights feel like this could be their year — again.
“We definitely do. Westview gave us a heck of a game. We played well, and they played well, and we dodged quite a few bullets. So right now we feel like a team of destiny, and if we play our game it should work out that way,” said senior pitcher Hayes Cronk.
Sectional play didn’t provide much of a test for CC but regional play was a different story. A two run contest and an 18 inning marathon later the Knights are still in play for another championship.
“I mean we’ve prepared every year to make it to the state championship. And that’s the ultimate goal, and something that we’ve been doing all year…That’s going to be our goal every year,” said Central Catholic senior Evan Kennedy.
After this weekend, head coach Tim Bordenet is comforted that when the lights are brightest his team comes to play.
“I know that our guys know how to perform when the game’s on the line. I think that was evident Saturday night. The plays that we made when the game could have went the other way, and we stepped up and made a big play when we needed too,” said Bordenet. “I think our guys have that confidence no matter who we’re playing and what the situation is. We’re going to make the play necessary to win.”