Dylan Sinn | The Journal Gazette Carroll right fielder Lincoln Lantz reacts after striking out to end the regional championship game against Fishers. Carroll fell 12-5 to the Tigers in nine innings.
Saturday, June 02, 2018 11:30 pm
Fishers 12, Carroll 5
Carroll falls in baseball regional title game
DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette
LAFAYETTE – You wouldn't know it from the final score, but the 4A regional championship game between Carroll and No. 2 Fishers was close the whole way.
Carroll led by two runs after five innings, but the Tigers knotted the game in the sixth and the score remained tied until the ninth, when Fishers exploded for seven runs to run away with the game and win the regional title 12-5 over the Chargers at Loeb Stadium.
"We started this program 12 years ago and I have a lot of respect for (Carroll) Coach (Dave) Ginder," Fishers coach Matthew Cherry said. "We got (Carroll) on the schedule and played doubleheaders against them for several years because I wanted to build our program like his.
"So it was a special moment playing them tonight and being able to come back and get the win there in the ninth."
The Chargers (23-8) took a 5-3 lead in the fifth when Langston Ginder scored on a wild pitch and Nathan Fish doubled home Hayden Jones, who had singled. The Chargers simply didn't have enough pitching to hold the lead in the final innings.
Riley Perlich, who had started the semifinal game in the afternoon, gamely pitched another 1 2/3 innings in the title game, but when he walked the first two hitters in the sixth, his night was done.
"Riley was incredible," Dave Ginder said. "He did a great job. He came in in a tough situation after throwing this morning. We put him in a situation where he was our guy and he got us and gave us a chance in those middle innings, and I'm just proud of what he gave us."
Ginder turned to Jones, who had played 12 innings at catcher already between the semifinals and the finals, to try to get the last six outs. Jones let both inherited runners score on sacrifice flies and then shut down the Fishers offense into the ninth, despite the Tigers loading the bases in the seventh and eighth.
In that ninth, he loaded the bases again with one out and this time Fishers (27-7) came through. Two-run hits from Craig Yoho and Grant Richardson, a former Bishop Dwenger player, made it 9-5 and Alex Jamieson put an exclamation point on the game with a 3-run homer to left.
Ginder was emotional after the game, needing to stop taking questions from the media multiple times to compose himself.
"They gave it everything," he said of his team. "We just ran out of gas. We got beat by a great baseball team. A play here or there, we played as well as we could've. Championship game you get into extra innings and we gave ourselves a chance to win"
The Chargers reached the title game with a 10-4 win over South Side in the semifinals in the afternoon. Perlich pitched three innings on the mound for Carroll in the opening game, giving up one run and striking out six. He also had two hits and a walk, scored twice and drove in two.
Jones also had a big first game for the Chargers, going 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI. South Side third baseman Thomas Romero was his team's biggest offensive threat, going 4 for 4 with a double.
On defense, Romero struggled, committing two errors at third, part of a six-error day for the Archers (14-13).