TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Some of the Wabash Valley’s best high school baseball players are now shining for the Sycamores and Hoosiers on the college baseball diamond.
Jordan Schaffer, Josh Pyne, Matt Gauer, Luke Hayden, Braydon Tucker, and Kip Fougerousse are a big reason why Indiana and Indiana State battled until the end Tuesday night.
Josh Pyne says, “College baseball has been awesome. There’s a lot of work to get here and a lot of work to get on the field, but I’m happy where we are at right now and I’m going to continue to keep growing and really looking forward to that growth.
“I’d say the biggest difference is how much work you have to put in. People say that, but it really is true. College is a whole different level so you really have to come in prepared and ready to play and sacrifice a lot of your time.”
After scoring 5 runs in their final at-bat, Northview state champion Braydon Tucker picked up his 3rd save of the season, shutting the door on the Sycamores in the 9th.
Brayden Tucker says, “So I went down to the bullpen on my own. I knew if we took the lead I was going to close this thing out. In my head, I told our bullpen catcher we are a home run and a solo home run away from tying this thing up and taking the lead. I had the positive outlook on it. I got the first two outs and with runners on, I still thought we could pull this out.”
Not a bad night for the Hoosiers’ homegrown talent.
Kip Fougerousse says, “You see small town guys like me, Brayden, and Josh. We came from small towns and we are making a name for ourselves.”