The Van Horn High School Baseball Team won the District Title on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. The game played at Roper Stadium was a 12-0 victory over their opponent Lincoln Prep. The Falcons are now 15-11 and advance to a Class 4 sectional game next Tuesday, May 27th against the St. Joseph Lafayette-Smithville winner. The last time Van Horn won a district title was in 1974. At that time, future Cy Young Award winner Rick Sutcliffe was a senior and Van Horn advanced to the state semifinals. Jay Kloster, Van Horn coach, was quoted as saying “It’s pretty cool to be in the same company as Sutcliffe, a Cy Young winner and the most famous Falcon alumnus. We had the right mindset. We preach nothing comes easily and to play the same way if we are 10 up or 10 down.”
Game highlights include senior Michael Payne pitching a five-inning, three-hit shutout. He struck out seven and waked two. Senior Levi Kelsey’s three-run triple and junior Nathan Ingold’s two-run triple helped create 8 runs in the 4th inning. Kelsey doubled again and freshman Alex Martin singled and tripled with three RBIs.