The Senior Baseball All-Star team from there could change all that this week.
The cohesive collection of standouts from both Warsaw Community High School and Wawasee High School look to make history starting Wednesday in the state tournament in Portage.
Warsaw manager Dave Milligan is a confident man and rightfully so. His team, made up of six Warsaw players and six Wawasee players, outscored its five foes 59-7 to win the District 14 tourney title. That dominating run included a 9-0 victory over Baugo in the championship game Friday night.
“No team from Warsaw has won State and our goal is to win it,” said Milligan. “I really think we can do it. I know we have the talent to do it and in my 25 years coaching this is the team with the best attitude I’ve ever been around. It’s just a very easy team to coach.
“We’re not taking anything for granted and we know the competition is going to pick up and it’s not going to be a cake walk. But, our boys will be ready. It’s all about focusing mentally.”
Warsaw begins its run at a state title in pool play of the 10-team event at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The squad is then slated to play Thursday at 1 p.m. and Friday at 4 p.m. The top two teams in each of the pools advance to the semifinals Saturday, one at 10 a.m. and the other at 1 p.m. with the championship game then at 6 p.m.
“I feel confident we will score runs because we can score in so many different ways,” Milligan said. “We can play small ball or we can rely on the big hit. I think it comes down to pitching and defense.
“The thing is that we have 12 players on this team who all can play. It’s a versatile group with guys who can play different positions and we’re eight deep pitching.”
The Warsaw team, according to Milligan, was scheduled to practice Tuesday night before heading up to Portage Wednesday.
The Warsaw roster includes Justin Oberlin, Nik Anderson, Caleb Heckaman, Gage Fannin, Caleb Moneyheffer, Pat Navarro, Kyle Heckaman, Drew Anderson, Drew Milligan, Jon Murphy, Sam Silor and David Brown.
Milligan manages the squad, while Craig Fannin and Greg Oberlin are his coaches.