Central Catholic falls to Wapahani at Semi-State

Hayes Cronk Semi-State

KOKOMO, Ind. (WLFI) — Central Catholic’s bid for a sixth straight state championship comes to a halt as Wapahani defeats the Knights two to one in the Class 2A Semi-State at Highland Park.

“You know things didn’t go our way and the ball bounced their way a couple of times, and they made a couple of plays when they had to. Hats off to them, they are a whale of a ball club. It’s bound to end sometime, you know, you can’t go on forever and our kids fought until the final pitch,” Central Catholic head coach Tim Bordenet said

The Knights got on the board first when Evan Kennedy’s single drove it Jackson Anthrop in the first.

Wapahani tied the game with an RBI single from Taylor McKee in the third.

On the mound, Central Catholic’s pitcher Hayes Cronk struck out nine batters. He pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed two earned runs on six hits.

The top-ranked Raiders capitalized on a wild pitch from Cronk to score the game-winning run in the final inning that ended Central Catholic’s season.

“It’s baseball. Baseball is a fickle sport, and we dodged a couple of bullets last weekend. It’s just the way baseball is — it’s up and down, and that’s why you love and you hate it at the same time,” Cronk said. “We came out and we made a statement in 2A, we’re not some little school that is going to roll over for anyone. We fought until the very end, and I can’t thank everyone enough.”

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