INDIANAPOLIS — From an unusually true blue sky to the 40-story, virtually all-blue-glass JW Marriott building standing as a gleaming backdrop just behind Victory Field, to Indianapolis Cathedral hitters made to feel blue by Tanner Tully, this was the Blue Blazers' day.
Elkhart Central beat Indianapolis Cathedral 1-0 to claim the Indiana Class 4A Championship on Saturday, June 15, at Victory Field.
There was no stopping them, from Tully's rocket home run over the right-field fence as Elkhart Central's first batter of the game, to a team that made that shot stand up the rest of the way with clutch play.
“It's indescribable. We dreamed it, but actually doing it ... it's indescribable,” catcher Kyle Smith said after the Blazers blanked Indianapolis Cathedral 1-0 for the school's first team state title in any sport in 20 years, its fourth all-time and its first ever in a strictly team sport.
“Every year we've been kind of close, and then to end it like this, it's kind of unbelievable,” said senior center fielder Matt Eppers, who was named after the game as the winner of the IHSAA's Class 4A L.V. Phillips Mental Attitude Award.