The Elkhart Central baseball team held Media Day Tuesday afternoon in advance of Saturday's state championship game.
A win over undefeated Indianapolis Cathedral (28-0) in the class 4A final would give the Blazers their first state title in program history.
"Each time we win it's another week I get to spend out here playing with these guys," senior first baseman Riley Futterknecht says. "It's our last time playing together."
Central boasts a 31-1 record this season. The Blazers have won 21 consecutive games, including Saturday's come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Lafayette Jefferson in Semi-States.
"We got seven guys in our starting lineup that are playing college ball," says Indiana Wesleyan-bound outfielder Kaleb DeFreese. "The chemistry, the brotherhood out here. We don't want to let that go down in a loss."
The Irish have appeared in five state finals, winning the trophy in 2001 and 2007. Cathedral is trying to become just the fourth undefeated baseball team in IHSAA history.
The school has a limited supply of tickets available for purchase this week. They will be on sale Wednesday and Thursday between 8am and 3pm at the school's athletic office. You can also buy a combo ticket for the fan bus. $20 gets you a ticket to the game and ride to and from the game.
"It's so cool to look up and you see all your friends, your family," says Futterknecht. "Everybody from Central out to support. It's been awesome."
The Blazers will leave for Indy on Friday morning. There will be a team send-off at 10:30am Friday morning at the baseball field.
"It's just overwhelming," says head coach Steve Stutsman (18th year). "I think it's great for the city of Elkhart."
DeFreese adds, "It's an amazing feeling to know that the entire city, and more, has got your back."
Central and Cathedral will meet at 7pm Saturday night on Victory Field in Indianapolis.
The school will also hold a welcome home pep rally at 6pm Monday in the Central gymnasium.