INDIANAPOLIS – Live by the heat. Die by the heat.
Indianapolis Cathedral pitcher Dillon Peters, he of the 90-mph fastball and drafted by the Cleveland Indians because of it, struck out on Gavin Downs’ fastball that put an end to Carroll’s 5-3 victory over Cathedral in the Class 4A game of the state baseball finals Saturday at Victory Field.
Carroll took advantage of five early-game walks by Peters, turned them into four runs in the second and third innings, then held on for the win over the Irish.
It was the second consecutive state championship for the No. 1-ranked Chargers (32-2), and their 25th straight win.
Leading 4-3 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Chargers got an insurance run when Peyton Lengacher led off with a double into the right field corner. He moved to third on Steve Remesnik’s hard-hit bunt toward the shortstop, then scored on Tanner Ginder’s perfect squeeze bunt.
Cathedral (28-3) managed to get runners at third and first with two outs, but Downs struck out Peters with a fastball to end the game.
Remesnik, who had four strikeouts in last year’s championship game victory over Cathedral, had a pair of hits for the Chargers.
And in case you’re still awake late tonight (Saturday), there will be a celebration at Carroll when the Chargers get back.