Andrean beats Brebeuf in Class 3A final

Andrean leadoff hitter Alonzo Paul’s near-home run to start Friday’s Class 3A state championship game foreshadowed what was to come for the 59ers.

The fastball from Brebeuf Jesuit ace Andrew Dutkanych IV jumped off the 5-8 outfielder’s bat and on most high school fields, the ball ends up over the fence for a home run. At Victory Field, Brebeuf left fielder Michael Finelli had just enough room to catch the ball before crashing into the left-field fence.

The ball didn’t leave the yard, but it served as a warning shot.

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Andrean's Billy Jones (17) and Alonzo Paul (1) celebrate during the IHSAA baseball 3A state final against Brebeuf Jesuit, Friday, June 17, 2022, at Victory Field in Indianapolis.

Andrean was sitting on Dutkanych’s fastball and he’d need to rely on his offs-peed pitches to get it done. One week after Dutkanych dominated Silver Creek with breaking balls, the 59ers made solid contact off him throughout Friday, scoring three runs in a five-hit second inning, helping them earn an 5-1 win over Brebeuf.

The win is Andrean’s eighth championship as a program, tying LaPorte for the most titles in state history.

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