#10 Illiana Christian Vikings
Northwest Indiana’s newest baseball entry has been impressive in their introduction to the Region, starting the season 3-0 with a win over #5 Hobart and a pair of 10-0 shutouts of Marquette Catholic, before taking their first loss of the season to highly ranked Andrean. The Vikings were able to move past that loss quickly and picked up another win to go 4-1. This program has had some really solid years while playing in the Land of Lincoln, so its no surprise to see them continuing their success in the Hoosier state.
#9 Kouts Mustangs
We saw a lot of points scored in Kouts during the winter sports season between both the boys and girls basketball teams, and now the baseball team wants in on the action, as the Mustangs have scored 101 runs in just six games played. While that pace isn’t likely to keep up (if it does, teams outside of the PCC need to be worried about Kouts), we know this team has a good shot to add some more hardware to the school’s rapidly expanding trophy case.
#8 LaPorte Slicers
Slicer pitching has come into form the last couple of weeks, giving up a grand total of just seven runs in their last eight outings – all wins. The offense has picked up as well, scoring a combined 29 runs in their double-header sweep of Goshen over the weekend. If they can play like that in conference play, this team will put themselves in the thick of the DAC race.
#7 Crown Point Bulldogs
The Bulldogs haven’t had the easiest schedule so far, with games against fellow Top 10 teams Munster, Hanover, Highland and Lake Central, along with showdowns against perennial state ranked teams in Lafayette Jeff, Lafayette Harrison and Penn. The slate doesn’t get much easier in the coming weeks with LaPorte and Valpo on deck. Some more Ws will see CP shooting up the rankings.
#6 Hobart Brickies
Talk about a team that can rack up runs, the Brickies have scored 91 runs in their ten games played this year, including 24 in a win over Morgan Twp. State wide, the Brickies are the only Region 4A team in the IHSBCA Top 10, and they’ll have a chance to move up those rankings, and ours, starting Monday against Munster.
#5 Munster Mustangs
Early in the season the Mustangs have shown flashes of brilliance like their would be/shoud be win over Andrean, that had to be changed to a forfeit loss because of a dugout mistake, and the opening day victory against Crown Point. But they’ve also had some tough losses, including being blanked 12-0 by the Niners and falling to a Valpo team despite only giving up two hits. If the ‘Stangs are able to put all the pieces together for a long stretch, they’ll rise up the rankings.
#4 Hanover Central Wildcats
Coming into the 2021 season, word was that Hanover Central’s lineup would be one of the best, if not the best, in the Region. And so far, outside of the opening day shutout loss to Crown Point, the ‘Cats have lived up to the hype as they’ve scored 119 runs in the nine games since, plating no fewer than eight runs in each game. A win over Andrean last Friday should put the rest of the Region on notice that the ‘Cats, and their bats, are ready to make some noise.
#3 Highland Trojans
The strength of schedule hasn’t been the most difficult in the Region, but all the Trojans can do is play the teams on the field against them…and all they’ve done so far is win. With games against Hanover Central, Hobart and Munster on deck for the next couple of weeks, we’ll find out if this Highland squad, and their hot start, is for real.
#2 Andrean 59ers
It was just over a week ago that Andrean had the nation’s longest high school baseball winning streak, but since Friday April 9, the Niners have taken two official losses on top of one more L that turned into a forfeit win due to pitch count violations. This is still one of the premier programs not only in the Region, but in the state, they just aren’t the unbeatable juggernaut we’re used to seeing on 5959 Broadway.
#1 Lake Central Indians
Expectations were high on Wicker Avenue heading into the season and so far, the Indians have lived up to them outside of a couple of speed bumps against some really good teams. The offense has been outstanding, scoring seven or more runs in all but two games of the season and there’s no reason to think that won’t continue.