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Cats Come Up Short In State Title Quest; Aders Named L. V. Philips Award Winner (VIDEO)

Indianapolis (NNDC) – Letting some early scoring opportunities slip away early, the Jasper Wildcats came up short in winning their first IHSAA state baseball title since 2006, losing to South Bend St. Joseph 4-0 in the Class 3A title game Saturday afternoon at Victory Field in Indianapolis.

Indians starting pitcher, Michael Dunkelberger (7-2), an IU commit scattered just three hits in the win for St. Joseph as they capture the school’s first-ever state baseball title.  CLICK HERE FOR BOX SCORE.  Reece Kleinhelter (9-3) went the distance in the loss.  Jasper finishes the season with a 30-5 record; St. Joseph ends the year at 25-4.

Jasper’s outstanding senior centerfielder Evan Aders was named the 2017 L. V. Philips Mental Attitude Award winner after the game.  Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance will donate $1000 in Aders’ name to the general scholarship fund at Jasper High School.

Below are some of the post-game sights and sounds from Victory Field.

Jasper has lost in the Class 3A state final game four times since 2006 (2010, 2013, 2015, 2017).  Jasper has won the state baseball title five times (1996, 1997, 1998 (3A), 2000 (3A) 2006 (3A).

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