Isaac Wanninger came on in relief for the second game in a row to shut down Indianapolis Scecina and led South Vermillion to its first regional championship in 40 years with a 5-4 victory over Indianapolis Scecina.
Wanninger, who relieved starter Cooper Terry in the fourth inning retired the last seven batters in a row and belted the only extra base hit of the day to drive in the winning run for the Wildcats.
“It’s working with these guys all year round. We never stop we never give up. I just know I have my teammates back all the time and they have mine. We pick each other up and we want to fight it out to the end no matter what,” Wanninger said.
South Vermillion (24-6) advances to the Class 2A semistate at a site to be determined.
The Wildcats’ nine-hit offense was paced by Terry with a 4-for-4 day at the plate and freshman Jaxon Mullins, who drove in three runs, two with a third-inning single.
Scecina scored three runs with the help of two Wildcat errors in the third inning. Mullins’ single plated two in the third.
It was in the fifth inning that South Vermillion took the lead. Terry led off with a single, Vicars walked, Mackey received a walk to load the bases. Terry scored on a fielder’s choice and Vicars on an error. Mullins came home with the third run on Wanninger’s double down the left-field line.
“We were ready for this one [with Scecina],” Wanninger said.