Prep Baseball Report

3A Nazareth Academy Claims Their First Ever State Title

By: Peter Hamot
Area Scout, Staff Writer

Nazareth Academy and Chatham-Glenwood squared off in the 3A State Championship game and saw the Roadrunners win their first baseball State Championship by the score of 5-1. 

Both respective pitchers were dealing through four innings, but it was the Roadrunners who finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth. Sophomore Luca Fiore broke the scoreless tie with a single past the first-baseman, plating Louisville commit Jaden Fauske (2025) who reached with a single earlier in the frame and giving Nazareth a 1-0 lead at the time. Cole Reifsteck (2024) followed up with a single of his own, plating pinch-runner Robby Mishka (2022) and pushing their lead to 2-0. A sac-fly from Morton JC commit Luke Brabham (2022) and a single from Louisville commit Nick Drtina (2024) made it 4-0 with Naz still threatening. Indiana commit Cooper Malamazian (2024) brought in the final run for the Roadrunners with a steal of home on a passed ball, giving the Roadrunners their biggest lead of the game at 5-0.  

The Titans of Glenwood were able to push across a run in the top of the sixth thanks to Jackson Rose scoring on a passed ball, cutting the deficit to 5-1.  

The Roadrunners were led on the mound by the aforementioned Nick Drtina, who fired 5.1 strong innings with three hits, one earned run, two strikeouts and five walks. Finn O’Meara (2023) came out of the ‘pen and fired 1.2 scoreless frames to close the door, striking out three and only walking one.

Notable Performances:
Nick Drtina (Nazareth): 5.1IP, 3H, 1ER, 2K, 5BB - 1-for-3, RBI
Cole Reifsteck (Nazareth): 1-for-2, RBI, R
Luca Fiore (Nazareth): 1-for-2, RBI
Jaden Fauske (Nazareth): 2-for-3, R
Will Plattner (Glenwood): 1-for-2, 2B

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