LAFAYETTE — In an evenly matched sectional championship game, it became apparent the first team that would break through with a run was probably going to win.
Unfortunately for Logansport, it was McCutcheon that broke through with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Mavericks held on for a 2-0 win in the Class 4A Lafayette Jeff Sectional final.
The Mavericks (24-8) play Fort Wayne Carroll (21-9) at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lafayette Jeff Regional. The Berries (20-10) have to settle for a 20-win season.
“We came to play,” Logan senior second baseman Cooper Kinnaman said. “I thought we played one of the best games of the season. They were just one step better than us today.”
In what was a pitcher’s duel, Logan senior right-hander Kyle Jordan matched McCutcheon senior right-hander Jordan Young pitch for pitch.
“The pitchers were so dominant on both sides. I thought they did just an outstanding job,” Logan coach Jim Turner said. “Kyle Jordan just did a phenomenal job throwing the ball today. He was great, he was absolutely great.
“My hats off to the McCutcheon pitcher and their program’s solid. He did a great job of locating and he throws the ball hard. He’s a good pitcher.”
The high-scoring Berries couldn’t push a run across against Young, who pitched a three-hit shutout, striking out eight with one walk and one hit batsmen.
Logansport got a runner on second with two outs in the fifth and a runner to third with two outs in the sixth but couldn’t get either home.
McCutcheon put together a rally in the bottom of the sixth that started with a throwing error on a bunt that pulled the first baseman off the bag. Following a sac bunt, Jordan intentionally walked IU recruit Logan Sowers. Myles Hann and Young followed with back-to-back RBI singles, the first time in the game either team had two hits in the same inning.