LAFAYETTE - The Fishers Tigers baseball came oh so close to reaching the semi-state round of the IHSAA Class 4A Baseball State Tournament.
In the end, No. 3 Fishers (27-6) fell to Zionsville (22-11) 4-3 on Saturday night in the Lafayette Jefferson Regional Final.
Despite a slow start that left Fishers down 4-0 after four innings, the Tigers cut Zionsville's lead to one and had the go-ahead run on the base path in the top of the seventh.
The Tigers entered their final at-bat trailing 4-1. Down to their last out, Andy Bennett came up with a clutch two-RBI single that floated just beyond the Zionsville left fielder's reach and made the score 4-3.
Craig Yoho was then hit by a pitch putting the go-ahead run at first base, but time ran out on the Tigers' historic season as the game ended on a strikeout.
Fishers ace Luke Duermit (9-1) suffered his first loss of the season. Duermit held the Eagles to six hits and finished with five strikeouts.
The Tigers actually out hit Zionsville finishing with 10 on the night. Half of those hits came from Matthew Wolff and Jack Roudebush. Wolff went 3-for-3 and Roudebush finished 2-for-2 with an RBI on a sacrifice fly.
Fishers reached this regional final thanks to a 2-0 win over Huntington North on Saturday morning.
Pitcher Ryan Metz (7-0) finished his season undefeated and extended his streak of not allowing an earned run in the tournament to 14 innings. Metz threw a complete-game shutout, allowing only five hits while striking out three.
The Tigers were led at the plate by the Brenczewskis. Kiel Brenczewski went 2-for-3 including an RBI and a double. Caleb Brenczewski added an RBI single.
Fishers' season ends with a final record of 27-6, the best mark in the school's 11-year history. The Tigers won their first HCC Championship with a conference record of 15-3. They also won their first sectional championship when they defeated top-ranked Carmel 4-3 in the title game.
Zionsville moves on to another final four. The Eagles finished as state runner-ups in 2016.