Hopefully someone brought coffee.
The coffee wasn't enough for the Westview Warriors as once the floodgates opened the Lafayette Central Catholic Knights preserved their state tournament winning streak with an 8-3 win over the Warriors in an 18-inning marathon that lasted nearly five hours Saturday in Whiting.
The IHSAA confirmed via Twitter that the Westview-Lafayette Central game was the longest regional game in state history. Also, according to the IHSAA Peru defeated Logansport 7-6 in a 22-inning affair for the longest tournament game ever played.
The Warriors had a chance to win when Kohle Christner was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the 16th then stole second to put the Warriors in a position to win. John Yoder then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Christner to third. But Knights pitcher Jarrod Patzschke battled and was able to retire the next two batter.
According to the Lafayette Journal & Courier, the Warriors also had a chance to win in the bottom of the 10th with bases loaded and just one out but were unable to plate a run.
The Knights pulled ahead in the top of 13th when Adam Lovell drew a bases loaded walk to score Nigel Hensley.
Westview showed the heart that got them to a regional final with two straight singles with two outs. Then Hunter Christner singled to drive home a run. The Warriors couldn’t manufacture any more runs in their half of that inning.
Westview finishes with a 21-6 record. The Knights have now won 387 straight postseason game dating back to the 2008 season.
Senior Tarrin Beachy was the winning pitcher as the Warriors defeated Fort Wayne Canterbury 5-2 in the semifinal game Saturday afternoon.
Beachy struck out four and walked two.
“Beachy threw well and we hit the ball and ran the bases well,” Westview coach Jason Rahn said. “We also took advantage of a few mistakes that Canterbury made.”