Evan Uhland’s blast over the left field fence was the difference as Indianapolis Cathedral took a 4-3 extra inning victory from Penn in the Class 4A state championship game at Victory Field in Indianapolis.
Uhland’s solo homer off Penn pitcher Chase McKenzie led off the top of the eighth inning, broke a 3-3 deadlock and helped Cathedral complete a perfect 29-0 season. The Irish became the fourth undefeated state champion and first since 2007. It was the third baseball crown for the Irish (2001, 2007) and the school’s second title this year joining the volleyball team which carried home its own big trophy last November. Head coach Ed Freije led the team to the championship in his first season as coach. He also doubles as the school’s girls basketball coach.
Penn (27-7) jumped in front in its first at-bat as Trevor Waite led off with a triple to right center and was batted in on a infield grounder.
Second-ranked Cathedral answered in the top of the second as Nick Eaton tripled to right field. Ross Kirkpatrick pinch ran for Eaton and scored two batters later on an infield grounder to the second baseman. The Irish added runs in the top of the fourth and fifth innings to take a 3-1 lead.
Penn rallied in the bottom of the sixth inning with two runs to tie it at 3-3 when Brock Boynton, pinch-running for Nolan Metcalf who singled, scored on Payton Kerr’s double to right field. Nate Lovisa then sent a sac fly to center field allowing Ryan Lynch to score from third. Lynch had reached base on a fielder’s choice and advanced to third on Kerr’s double.
Uhland finished the game 3-for-4 with two runs scored and the solo homerun. Nick Eaton (11-0), who pitched all eight innings for Cathedral, allowed six hits and struck out seven Kingsmen batters. Metcalf led Penn going 3-for-4 at the plate.
It was the first loss in a state championship game for Penn and 30th year coach Greg Dikos after winning all four of its previous appearances.