Boys Varsity Baseball · Boone Grove Wolves 2018 IHSAA 2A Baseball State Champions


Bryce Morris made the improbable walk from right field to the mound in the seventh inning with his heart racing.  Morris finished the inning at the bottom of a Boone Grove dog pile, the unlikely hero in the Wolves’ nerve-racking 5-4 victory over Southridge for the Class 2A state championship on Saturday at Victory Field.

It was the first team state title in any sport for the Wolves (22-5).

With a 5-0 lead going into the seventh inning, Morris expected that Ty Bothwell, who was 9-2 with an 0.46 ERA coming in, would wrap it up.

It’s baseball, though, and stuff happens.

The Raiders (25-7) scored four runs with two outs.

Boone Grove coach Pat Antone pulled Bothwell after a two-run single by Chase Taylor made it 5-4.

Morris had one thought after he walked Jayce Harter to load the bases: Throw fastballs for strikes.

He ended the game by getting Joe LaGrange to pop out. Morris also finished the Wolves’ regional final win over South Adams, earning the 1-0, 10-inning win after Bothwell reached the pitch-count limit…

Click here for the full 6/16/2018 Post-Tribune article written by Mike Hutton.