The Lebanon Tigers are the sectional champs in baseball for the first time since 2000.
The Tigers blew open a close game with a 6-run fifth and topped Frankfort 12-4 to win the Sectional 25 title Tuesday night at North Montgomery.
"It feels great (to win the sectional)," Lebanon head coach Rick Cosgray said. "It is an unbelievable feeling, and I am just so happy for our players who have put so much in to preparing to have this opportunity. They have the hearts of champions."
After a scoreless first inning, Lebanon needed just one pitch to take the lead in the second.
Caleb Myers drilled a first-pitch fastball over the right field wall to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
The Tigers extended the lead to 3-0 in the top of the third on an RBI-single by Brantley Fortner (2-for-5, three RBIs) and a wild pitch.
Frankfort starter Leo Lopez had allowed just six hits and one run combined in his last two starts against Crawfordsville and North Montgomery. Lebanon finished with 10 hits and 10 runs (5 earned) against him in 4-2/3 innings.
"We knew he wasn't going to walk many, so we talked to our kids about having an aggressive mindset against him," Cosgray said. "We wanted to be ready to hit early in the count. Caleb Myers got us starting with a home run early, and we had kids that just kept duplicating that throughout the game. He is a tremendous pitcher, but our kids did a tremendous job of moving the ball against him."
Frankfort had their lone successful inning at the plate in the bottom of the third.
After a lead-off walk and a flyout, Evan Giebel hit a grounder to third that looked like it could be an inning-ending double play. But the throw to second went into right field and put runners on the corners.