Southwestern Indiana has long been a haven for talented baseball players, and that didn't change this year. Coming off an appearance in the state title game in Indianapolis, Vincennes Rivet were favored to go back and win the game this time around. The Patriots didn't achieve their goal, but they were the class of the area nonetheless on their way to a second straight sectional title.
Rivet tied for the conference title with Barr-Reeve with a 6-1 record. Rivet defeated Loogootee 11-1 in the sectional semifinals and beat Barr-Reeve 1-0 in nine innings to capture the sectional title.
Last week, the Blue Chip baseball All-Conference team was announced with plenty of familiar names and faces. Casey Miller (LHS), Adam Graber (B-R), Seth Swartzentruber (B-R), Trevor Yoder (B-R), Logan James (B-R), Cameron Riecker (NED), Jacob Gress (NED), Kristopher Weisheit (NED), Zach Templin (VR), Gavin Benock (VR), Collin Wirth (VR), Chris Graman (NK), Shanson Lamb (NK), Landon Robins (SK), Skylar Veilleux (Shoals) were selected.
Chase Allen (VR), Gabe Nolley (LHS) and Jeremy Carpenter (SK) were chosen as the conference's top pitchers.
In the honorable mention category, Hayden Bell (LHS), Ben Blackwell (LHS), Lucas Graber (B-R), Peyton Cummins (VR), Reid Haas (NED), Alex Plummer (NK), Hunter Jones (NK), Ty Barmes (SK), Collin Robinson (WM) were selected.
Veilleux led the Blue Chip with 40 strikeouts, while Allen's 1.00 ERA was tops in the conference. Riecker led with a .667 average and his 12 hits. Miller finished with a .524 average.Wirth and Graber tied for the RBI lead with 10 and Graber also led in the runs scored category with 11.