Jasper senior slinger Connor Foley has pitched 30.2 innings touting a 3-0 record with 13 hits given up, two earned runs and 50 retired batters. The Indiana University commit has a .45 ERA.

With more than three weeks before the start of the 55th state baseball series in Indiana, Sunday’s draw had an early feeling. This year will have two Dubois County teams looking to defend their state titles, while Forest Park has a sectional drought. This postseason should make for a new look for Herald coverage area programs.

Princeton Sectional whittled down

While there are five games featuring six schools in Class 3A at Princeton, this field will likely be decided by three matchups.

The path has been cleared for the winner of Southridge-Gibson Southern to advance directly to the sectional final in a wide-open field.

This semifinal bout between two Pocket Athletic Conference teams will have a “playoff teaser” today. Don’t expect to see either team field its best lineup or throw out pitchers they plan to use in the postseason.

Gibson was 10-4 going into Wednesday’s PAC matchup with Boonville. The Titans lost to Princeton 3-2 during the season and have not played anyone else from this bracket at the time of press.

The Raiders (8-9) going into Wednesday are coming off an all-time program-high with a 3A title last year and an appearance at Victory Field two and three years ago in Class 2A.

Vincennes Lincoln (6-7) will face Princeton (6-10) in another matchup on relevance in the first round. Look for that winner to get to the sectional championship.

Vincennes will likely be favored. It played a tough non-conference schedule and conference slate in the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference.

Vincennes run-ruled Princeton 12-1 a day after the draw.

The Raiders did not play Vincennes and walloped Princeton 11-1 in mid-April.

Challenging road awaits Rangers

Forest Park’s journey to capturing its first sectional since 2002 will go through a gauntlet.

The 2A-No. 7 Rangers (11-4) will face Evansville Mater Dei (11-7). These teams clashed on April 22 with an 8-6 Forest Park win in Evansville.

On Friday, Forest Park got a hold of the ball well and junior Clayton Weisheit pitched with aplomb.

Weisheit fanned 11 Titans and walked two in a near-perfect game and a no-hitter.

The Rangers bagged eight runs on nine hits with hits from six different batters, including 2-for-2 with two runs from junior Keegan Abell and 2-for-4 batting from junior Bryson Partenheimer.

Senior Drew Howard drilled one over the wall, too.

At the beginning of April, Mater Dei topped South Spencer 5-4, a team potentially looming in the next round.

The Rebels (8-6) face North Posey (8-4). The Rebels have reached double-digit runs in four contests including a 10-9 clipping of North Posey April 28 before the pairing.

The Vikings have held six foes to two runs or less.

The team that emerges from this side will face the winner of Tell City-Perry Central.

Business at Bosse Field

No. 2 Jasper plays in Class 4A, which perennially means a loaded field for every sport it competes in.

This time, it’s baseball at the historic Bosse Field.

It got a cupcake draw because A. It will only need to win two to get out of this daunting bracket, and B. Evansville Harrison (1-8) is the semifinal matchup.

It should be noted that Harrison’s solo win came against North Posey.

Jasper (14-3) has the dogs to make a run at a repeat sectional title, and third since 2017 when it last won one in 3A.

Senior Connor Foley on the bump and in the box will be a catalyst for this group. He’s batting .411 with an on-base percentage of .484, .643 slugging percentage, 19 RBI and a pair of homers.

He’s pitched 30.2 innings, touting a 3-0 record with 13 hits given up, two earned runs and 50 retired batters. He has a 0.45 ERA.