Some of the best high school baseball teams in the Midwest converged on Westfield on April 4 and 5 for the inaugural Midwest Classic.
The Zionsville Eagles, ranked 13th in the state in Class 4A, went 3-1 for the weekend, beating Class 2A No. 2 Lafayette Central Catholic and Michigan's highly ranked Salinas twice. Their lone loss was a 7-4 defeat at the hands of top-ranked Cathedral.
"I am very happy," Zionsville head coach Jered Moore said. "I thought our kids played well and hard. Our offense came out better than I was expecting so I was happy to see that. Our pitching was good and we just had the one game that got away from us. But overall, I was very happy."
The Eagles blanked LCC 8-0 thanks to a combined no-hitter from Kellan Elsbury, Jack Pilcher and Jake Lane then beat Salinas 3-2 on a walk-off hit by Nick Maines.
The win was the first as head coach for coach Jered Moore.
In the first game, the teams were scoreless into the fifth inning, when Maines led off the inning with a single. Three batters later, Ben Kocher singled him home for the first run of the game.
Zionsville then busted the game wide open with a six-run sixth inning.
The innings got four-straight singles from Travis Tokarek, Grant Sloan, Drew Bertram and Evan Miiller to score a run and load the bases with no outs.
Chris Waidelich drew a walk to force in the third run, and Trevor Fox followed with a 2-run double to make it 5-0.
A fielders' choice by Elsbury scored Waidelich to make it 6-0, and Fox scored on a single by Glen Collier to finish the scoring.
The Eagles added a run in the seventh when Sloan, who had doubled, scored on a wild pitch.