JASONVILLE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Shakamak Lakers baseball team will take on Washington Township 5 p.m. Monday at Victory Field in Indianapolis for the Class A state championship.
The appearance will be the team’s first in the title game since 2015. The last time the Lakers won the championship was in 2014.
Head coach Jeremy Yeryar said it will take a great performance to win Monday.
“We’re going to have to play our ball,” Yeryar said. “We’re going to have to play all three phases of the game like we have been the last two or three weeks and I mean if they do that I believe we’ll be in position to have a good shot to win at the end.”
Lakers left fielder Logan Burris said while he is looking forward to the game, his thoughts are also on his dad’s recovery. Burris’ father recently suffered a stroke.
“He’s doing better,” Burris said. “He got up and took three steps today so we’re pretty happy about that.”
Senior Brevon Fulford credits the team’s batting ability with their recent success.
“It’s our hitting definitely,” Fulford said. “We like to jump on teams first so just our offensive power is usually what’s good.”
Meanwhile, senior Trevor Ellingsworth said he believes the team’s bond and chemistry is what has propelled them to this stage.
“Oh, we’re just a family and everything we do is contagious,” he said. “We have each other’s back the whole way. The support from the community and everything just the team.”
Senior Ethan Burdette set a new school record for triples in a season this year with five. He said he is excited about the idea of playing at such a big stadium.
“It will be great,” Burdette said. “I never thought I would be able to have a chance to play on Victory Field so it’s really a great opportunity.”
Teammates said left fielder Bryce Jenkins has helped round out the squad this season with a large veteran presence. They said winning a championship in the final game of their high school baseball career.
“It would feel amazing, like a dream come true, because I mean I’ve watched all them play there and now it’s my chance to go there and get a win for the school and the community and everything so it would feel great,” Jenkins said.