Plymouth – The Hamilton Southeastern baseball team will be making its first appearance in school history when they play in the Class 4A state championship game. The team defeated Mishawaka by a final score of 4-2 on Saturday to advance to the championship,

Head coach Jeremy Sassanella spoke on how special this opportunity really is,

“These kids have been together and played together a long time,” he said. “It’s been a dream of theirs to have the chance to play for a state title. This just shows the culmination of their hard work, and it’s an honor to represent Hamilton Southeastern, the city of Fishers and I think this is a tremendous opportunity for our program moving forward.”

Sassanella said that while there’s excitement among the group, they still have a job to do.

“I’ve told the kids that we can’t get too excited about this,” Sassanella said. “They know there is still one game left on our schedule and we have to go out there and beat a really good ball club.”

The Royals got on the board early as Anthony Eggers hit a two-run home run in the first inning. The Royals added two more insurance runs with one in the sixth when Jordan Millikan scored off of a throwing error. Cole Dewael then doubled home the final run of the night in the seventh to make the score 4-0.

Mishawaka would make things interesting late by scoring two runs in the seventh off of Tyler Schweitzer, however the comeback attempt fell just short.

Michael Dillon picked up the win for the Royals as he allowed three hits in six innings of work. Dillon also struck out 11 batters on the night to help the Royals advance.

The win improved the Royals record to 22-8 on the season. They will face off against Columbus East (25-4) in the state championship game which will take place on Monday, June 17 at Victory Field in Indianapolis.