Andrean wins state record-tying eighth baseball crown
Alonzo Paul’s two-run single in the bottom of the third inning provided all the runs Andrean would need in its 5-1 victory over Brebeuf in the Class 3A state championship game.
The victory for coach Dave Pishkur’s squad proved to be historic as it gave the 59ers their eighth state title and their eighth-straight win in a state title game. The eighth championship matches LaPorte for the most in state history.
All eight state titles – which have each come since 2005 – have come under Pishkur, giving him the most of any coach in state history.
The title is also the third for the Andrean athletic program during the 2021-22 school year as the 59ers were girls volleyball and football state champs in the fall.
Paul’s hit keyed a three-run second inning and the 59ers added single runs in the third and fifth. Jax Kalemba had three hits and an RBI for Andrean, which finished 32-4.
Pitcher Peyton Niksch picked up the complete-game victory for the 59ers, allowing just one (unearned) run and three hits, while striking out eight.
Anthony Annee scored the only run for coach Jeff Scott’s Braves, who finished 26-5.
Brebeuf’s Andrew Dutkanych named Mental Attitude recipient
Following the game, members of the IHSAA Executive Committee announced Andrew Dutkanych IV of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School as the recipient of this year’s L.V. Phillips Mental Attitude Award in Class 3A Baseball.
Andrew recently graduated among the top students in his class with a 4.25 GPA, is Brebeuf’s career strikeouts leader on the mound and also played the French Horn in the school band.
Andrew is the son of Caroline and Andrew Dutkanych III of Indianapolis. He is a potential first round draft pick in next month’s MLB Draft but has also accepted a full scholarship to Vanderbilt University and play baseball for the Commodores. He plans to study Economics.
The award is annually presented to an outstanding senior participant in each state championship game who has best demonstrated excellence in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability in baseball. The award is named in honor of the late L.V. Phillips, who served as the second commissioner of the IHSAA from 1945-62.
Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, the IHSAA’s corporate partner, presented $1,000 to Brebeuf Jesuit’s general scholarship fund in the name of Andrew Dutkanych.