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Andrean's DeSomer completes quarterback-pitcher state title double

2014-06-21T21:00:00Z 2014-06-23T17:53:05Z Andrean's DeSomer completes quarterback-pitcher state title doubleJim Peters james.peters@nwi.com, (219) 548-4363 nwitimes.com

INDIANAPOLIS | Only one player, Lafayette Central Catholic's Austin Munn in 2012, had turned the quarterback-winning pitcher state championship double play in Indiana high school history prior to Saturday.

"I would think it’s a very small team picture that we’d be taking right now if you’re putting all the guys that led their team to a state championship as a quarterback and then pitched the state championship game as well," Andrean coach Dave Pishkur said during the week. That's really unique."

Welcome to the club, Matt De Somer.

The Andrean starting pitcher tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out 10 in the 59ers' 6-0 win over Gibson Southern in the Class 3A finals at Victory Field.

Seven months earlier, just a few blocks away at Lucas Oil Stadium, DeSomer guided Andrean past Indianapolis Brebeuf 35-27 in the 3A football finals.

"I'm not like a cocky kid. To be only the second one to have ever done it, it feels pretty good," DeSomer said. "(Winning) feels amazing. Football, I had nothing to compare it to. There's no other feeling like it.

"There's really nothing better than to win (state) in my two favorite sports. This is the best group I've ever played with."

DeSomer finished the baseball season 9-0 with an 0.85 earned run average to go with a .393 batting average, 29 runs and 37 RBIs.

The Southern Illinois football recruit finished that season with 2,512 yards passing and 35 touchdowns to go with 1,607 yards rushing and 19 more scores. He was the Times Offensive Player of the Year.

"Those are the two high-profile positions in those two sports and what an opportunity for him," Pishkur said. "He's had to take a team in two different sports."

DeSomer yielded in the sixth to Jimmy Skiff, who secured the win with a double-play ball to squelch a threat before a scoreless seventh.

"Football, before games, I'd always puke because I was nervous," DeSomer said. "Baseball, I feel like I've been in this situation a lot more. Today, I felt a little sick (beforehand), but I didn't throw up.

"I had butterflies, but not like football. "

DeSomer has not closed the door on playing baseball at Southern Illinois.

"We'll see how my freshman year goes," he said.

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