Penn, St. Joseph--Regional Baseball Champs

Brian VanDuyn didn't have a great start to his senior season for the Penn Kingsmen. The 6'0" pitcher began his senior campaign losing three straight games.

He hasn't lost since, winning 8 consecutive contests.

The latest was the biggest of his career, a 6-1 victory over S.B. Clay in the IHSAA 4-A Regional Baseball Championship.

VanDuyn pitched a complete game, surrending his only run (which was unearned) in the 7th innning when the game was virtually decided. He struck out 7 batters while scattering 7 hits.

The Regional Championship is the 2nd straight for Penn. They will now face Crown Point in the 4-A Semi-State on Saturday at the Cove.
In the 3-A Regional Championship, Northwood made a tremendous comeback late in the game to force extra innings against St. Joseph.

In the top of the 9th, Louis Ruszkowski hit a 2-run home run to give St. Joseph the 3-A Regional Title, 6-4 over Northwood.

St. Joseph will face 32-0 Norwell in the 3A Semi-State Saturday at Plymouth. Norwell features Pitcher Jarrod Parker, a projected 1st round selection in Thursday's Major League Baseball Draft.

Other Local Scores:

2-A Regionals:
Boone Grove 6, Rochester 0

2-A Regionals:
Churubusco 5, Jimtown 1

1-A Regionals:
Washington Twp. 4, Michigan City Marquette 1

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