GRIFFITH | Andrean hasn't been to semistate in more years than it would prefer, but Saturday night saw the 59ers change that.
Behind an impressive pitching performance from senior starter Jimmy Skiff and three hits from center fielder Donovan Chandler, Andrean won its 11th baseball regional title by downing Northwest Crossroads Conference foe Griffith 11-7 in the Class 3A Griffith Regional.
Andrean is now ninth all-time in the state with the 11 regional titles and advances to play Fort Wayne Dwenger in the semistate.
Andrean (29-4) drew first blood after Skiff (10-0), regarded as one of the premier pitchers in the state, showed off his hitting skills by belting a two-run single in the first inning in part of the Niners' three-run frame.
After Griffith (20-11) threatened with a runner in scoring position via a Josh Terzarial double, Skiff retired the side and in the next inning, the Niners broke the game open with four runs, with three of them coming from leadoff man Donovan Chandler, who doubled.
The Panthers threatened again in the fourth after Terzarial walked and Matt Colomes was hit by a pitch, but Skiff responded by striking out the next two.
Andrean got two more in the fifth after Chandler tripled and scored on a Chase Dawson single and then Dawson scored on a Nick Podkul base hit.
Griffith finally got a run on the board in the top of the fifth after third baseman Robbie Hernandez walked and scored on passed ball after advancing on two consecutive groundouts.
After Andrean scored one in the fifth, Griffith responded with two runs thanks to an RBI single from Terzarial and Anthony Quintero jacked a homer over the right field fence to cut it to a 10-3 lead.
After Andrean notched one in the sixth, Griffith battled back by getting four in the seventh .
Griffith 10, Rochester 0 (5 inn): The Panthers scored 35 runs in last week's two sectional victories and tallied another big total in their five-inning rout of the Zebras in the opener Saturday.
All of the runs were scored in just two innings, but that was the focus for Griffith (20-10).
"(Rochester's) No. 1 (pitcher Andrew) Feldman didn't go because he had a back problem, so our mindset was to get big innings early and put them away early," coach Brian Jennings said.
That's exactly what they did in the second inning, scoring six runs and getting six straight hits at one point in the 11-batter frame.
"We were pretty prepared for this game," said first baseman Josh Terzarial, who went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. "We wanted to jump on every fastball early and were pretty smart in the box."
Rochester (18-10) managed just three hits off Griffith hurler Troy Cullen, who walked just one and struck out two over five innings.
Andrean 8, Northwestern 0: The 59ers (28-4) triumphed in the second game behind six shutout innings from senior Matt DeSomer, scoring five of their eight runs in the first three innings against Northwestern (18-11).
DeSomer struck out 11, walked three, and gave up just one hit over six, which is his longest outing in over a month because of some elbow issues.
"I didn't have any soreness and I was just working on my mechanics, not trying to overpower anyone, just trying to hit my spots," said DeSomer.
He also added two hits, two RBIs, and a run while right fielder Stone Brogan added an RBI double and a run.