FORT WAYNE—The Jets won their third sectional in four years on Wednesday night when they posted a 10-4 victory over the Bishop Luers Knights at Indiana Tech Field.
The Knights entered the game as the defending champs after topping South Adams in the championship last season. Luers had to go through the Stars again to get to the Jets as well as Eastside in the semis. AC topped Churubusco 13-10 in the second semi game on Tuesday night.
After pitching three innings against the Eagles, Isaac Luginbill took the hill against the Knights but ran into trouble in the first inning as the home team put up three runs to take a 3-2 lead after the Jets posted two in the opening frame.
After the lead-off batter lined out to Dalton Combs on first base, Luers’ starting pitcher Brandon Diss and Schuyler Aghabekian drew back-to-back walks from Luginbill. After the second out, David Hamel singled in Diss and took second when the throw to home was not in time. Tyler Green roped a double down the left field line for the next two runs giving the Knights their only lead of the game.
“When a senior tells me before the game that he wants the ball I let him have it,” AC coach Dave Neuenschwander noted after the game. “Tonight it just didn’t work out for Isaac on the mound but he put it behind him and helped us in other ways and we went with our original plan with (Isaac) Soldner on the mound.”
Soldner pitched 6.1 innings of relief on the mound for Adams Central allowing just one run on four hits with three walks and seven K’s earning the victory.
Five runs in the second inning put the Jets up for good starting with a one-out double by Brady Butler and a single from Jaron Bittner in the 8-9 slots to bring the top of the order back around. Luginbill hit in Butler with a single, then scored along with Bittner when Conner Lengerich stroked a double continuing his hot hitting.
Combs was intentionally walked to put two runners on base, then Soldner drew a walk the hard way loading the bases. After Luers changed pitchers, Adam Reust replaced the freshman Diss and earned a strikeout. With two outs, catcher Kyle Baker laced a single to right-centerfield scoring two more runs for a 7-2 lead.