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New Albany pitcher Landon Tiesing is comforted by a Columbus East coach shortly after the Olympians’ 3-2 triumph over the Bulldogs in Saturday night’s Jasper Regional Class 4A Finals.

JASPER – It was a heartbreaking ending for New Albany.

Cinderella Columbus East hit a pass ball at the bottom of the seventh inning to shock the Bulldogs 3-2 in Saturday night’s Class 4A Jasper Regional Finals at Ruxer Field.

“Right now it’s bitter. Maybe in a few weeks we’ll look back and realize what a great achievement it was, but right now it doesn’t really mean much,” said longtime New Albany coach Chris McIntyre of his season-ending defeat teams.

The Bulldogs advanced to the finals with a grand 5-2 triumph over the hosts and the Wildcats in eighth place in Saturday’s first game.

In this competition, Andrew Clements cleaned up the plate.


New Albany’s Andrew Clements reacts after hitting a double home run in the Bulldogs’ 5-2 win over Jasper.

The senior clean-up hitter hit two home runs and drove in all five heats in New Albany’s triumph.

At the nightcap, the Bulldogs, who were seeking their first regional title since 1995, were in control for much of the game.

They took a lead at the top of the first inning after starting pitcher Landon Tiesing singled to left field. Tiesing advanced to third place with Garrett Jones’ Bunt single and then hit right field with Clements’ sacrificial fly.

The Bulldogs had a chance to extend their lead shortly after, but Jones was kicked out at home for Carson Chandler’s single.


New Albany’s Garrett Jones is substituted at home in the top of the first inning.

New Albany added another run in the third when Tiesing singled to left field and then advanced to third with Tucker Biven’s ground-rule double. He scored for the second time in Clements’ groundout.

Tiesing drove through the first five innings on the mound, allowing only a pair of singles.

However, at the end of the sixth inning, Harrison Major took an out for second place. He was still there with two outs when Joshua Luedeke lifted a long flyball to right field that landed over the fence.

“I think it just about made it,” said McIntyre. “It’s just one of those things. He hits it 10 feet the other way and (right fielder Chase Loesch is) under and makes a catch. It was a big game for her.

“We were beaten with a long ball today and won earlier today with the long ball.”

Tiesing scored his third goal of the game in the top of seventh, but he was stranded at first base.

At the end of the inning, Chase Zapfe pulled a one-out walk before Logan Christophel came in to run for him.

“We knew when they brought this guy on that he was one of their fastest players,” McIntyre said of Christophel, who finished third on the team with 15 stolen bases. “He broke his hand after 10 games into the season. We knew he was going. We almost picked him up a couple of times.”

After several first-place pickoff try throws, Tiesing got Ty Uphaus to come out number two. Then, with Caleb Martoccia up, Christophel stole second base. He moved up to third as the pitch rolled into midfield.

Tiesing scored 2-0 on Martoccia when his third throw passed newcomer catcher Gavin Rand and allowed Christophel to score the winner.

“It really shouldn’t have come down to that. We used to have a few opportunities offensively,” said McIntyre. “I know that once we had runners in third place and one out and we had two back-to-back Ks. We had a runner in third place another time and I think we had a strikeout and didn’t even give each other those Chance to put the ball in play. We definitely had chances. But as a home team you definitely have an advantage in this situation.”

In the defeat Tiesing only allowed four hits.


New Albany’s Cody Hartlage collides with Jasper’s Jack Ahlbrand during a game at first base.

“He threw his tail off all night,” McIntyre said. “You can’t fault Landon, he played a good ball game. If you give four hits, you usually win a game.”

The loss ended the careers of five New Albany seniors — Biven, Clements, Chandler, Jones and Cody Hartlage — as well as the Bulldogs’ season.

“They have a lot to be proud of,” McIntyre said of his team. “We’ve gone the last month of the season, we’ve had a hell of a run and we’ve beaten a lot of good teams. … You did a great job. It was just a fun team to train all year round. They didn’t cause us any problems. They play hard and play the game right. We’ve had some success here in the tournament, (but) it would have been nice to go a little further.”



Saturday at Ruxer Field

semifinal match


New Albany 000 203 0 – 5 4 2

jasper 001 010 0 – 2 4 1

F—Tucker Biven (8-2). L—Connor Foley. Human Resources – Andrew Clements (NA) 2.




New Albany 101 000 0 – 2 7 1

Columbus East 000 002 1 – 3 4 1

W—William Boyer. L—Landon Tiesing. 2B—Tucker Biven (NA). HR – Joshua Lüdeke (J). Records – Columbus East 15-16-1, New Albany 24-8.

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