PLYMOUTH | It was a fluke of the typewriter, marking Matt DeSomer's name on the Plymouth Semistate roster as "KeSomer."
To any other student at Andrean, it would have been just a mistake. To the 59ers starting pitcher, it was prophetic.
DeSomer struck out six Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger batters in four innings of an 18-2 semistate win over the Saints to help propel Andrean to the Class 3A state final. The Niners will play Gibson Southern for the championship.
The righty battled through the first inning after his offense gave him a 6-0 lead to start the game.
"I was not expecting (the six-run lead), I don't think any of us were expecting that," DeSomer said. "That gave me a little confidence boost, I'm thinking maybe we've got this, and then a couple innings later we score more and we knew we could win this."
He allowed a leadoff hit, committed an error and issued his only walk of the game after a catcher's interference.
He closed out the first leaving the bases loaded and struck out the final batter he faced. He then struck out the next two in the second inning.
"The first inning went a little bad," DeSomer said. "I don't know what it is, but I think I had to get used to the place, the environment and being here and losing the last three years. By the second inning, I wasn't thinking about that at all."
"One of the big pitches, that first inning, when we were up 6-1, it was bases loaded we had a 3-2 count to that hitter and Matt throws a strike to strike the guy out," Andrean coach Dave Pishkur said, "and if he throws ball four or they get a hit, you just don't know."
DeSomer went 1-for-4 as a hitter — scoring the second run of the game — with a walk.
"As the innings settled down, he started hitting more spots, his breaking pitch became better, and he introduced a changeup a little bit later in the game and got a few outs on that changeup," Pishkur said. "You want to see how long you can go without throwing all your pitches, and about the second time around he started throwing that changeup because that was a very aggressive swinging team. I’m happy for Matt."
DeSomer quarterbacked the Andrean football team to a state title in November, and this is the first class since 2005 to put the Niners in the position to win state championships in both football and baseball.
"It just feels really good being here and not only going to the state game in football, but also baseball," DeSomer said. "If we could pull out a victory next week, that'd be great."