HUNTINGBURG, Indiana (WFIE) – In June, the Southridge Raiders baseball team defeated Hanover Central in the IHSAA Class 3A State Championship. On Tuesday, the team received their state rings.
“We haven’t brought them all together since the night we won,” said Raiders head coach Gene Mattingly, “So that we can get them all together and enjoy that camaraderie, they’re catching up with guys they don’t. have not seen. It’s really cool to have them all here.
The Raiders team under coach Mattingly have reached the state championship three times, but the third time was a charm as the senior-led team won the program’s first-ever state title.
The team were honored tonight in the ring ceremony ahead of the boys’ home opener. All eight seniors have returned, including star pitcher Ethan Bell, who will play for the Aces this spring.
“It’s like it was yesterday,” Bell said. “Back in high school, it’s great to see everyone again. It’s really good to see them all again. It’s finally nice to have the ring.
Colson Montgomery was also present. Following the state’s victory, he was selected in the first round of the MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox. This fall, he was in Arizona playing for the Chi-Sox in the fall rookie league.
“There’s going to be a lot of emotions with all of this, especially with our past history with the state,” Montgomery said. “Doing it during our senior year and then also with these young guys who saw how hard it takes to work and what it takes to be a state champion. They can enjoy this night, see what it looks like and they can stay hungry for next season.
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