Photo provided // The Fishers Tigers celebrate the programs first Class 4A State Title. Fishers defeated Cathedral 4-3 June 16 at Victory Field.
Photo provided // The Fishers Tigers celebrate the programs first Class 4A State Title. Fishers defeated Cathedral 4-3 June 16 at Victory Field.
At last, the Fishers’ baseball program brought a championship home.

It wasn’t easy, but the Tigers defeated Cathedral 4–3 to earn their first IHSAA Class 4A State Title June 16.

“It was an overwhelming feeling, especially the crowd we had that night, the fans that came down from Fishers were amazing,” said Fishers head coach Matthew Cherry. “The electricity in the crowd and the excitement of finally winning a state title – (I was) so excited for our guys to experience that.”

Cherry said this season was a total team effort, and the Tigers were only able to accomplish amazing things because everyone was on the same page.

This Fishers’ squad was the ideal definition of a team: coming together to achieve a common goal, and they did it while having a good time. No one cared how they did it or what they did to earn this goal, all they wanted was to reach it.

“They were a group that really loved each other, they got along well, they really played for each other,” Cherry said. “If someone didn’t get it done, they were cheering on the next guy, encouraging him to get it done. They didn’t really care who got the credit, they just wanted to win. They were able to do that pretty successfully.”

Not only were the players close, said Cherry, but the coaching staff was like a brotherhood. It’s a family atmosphere all the way around on this team. After 12 seasons of coaching the Tigers, Cherry and his Fishers’ family now have the trophy they have desired.

No doubt this team held some star players – Cherry said at least eight or nine players are going to play college baseball – but, in the moments where the team needed someone to step up and make a play, it seemed like the hero was always someone different. 

“(Alex Jamieson’s) going to play college baseball but wasn’t necessarily the superstar name like some of the other guys that we have on our roster, and yet he led our team in home runs and RBIs,” Cherry said. “It was just a different guy every night, which is what made it fun.”

Some of Cherry’s favorite moments from the season were the times when guys wouldn’t be afraid of the spotlight and deliver in times of need. There were so many moments like that in this season, and Cherry values all of them.

Some of those moments included Matt Wolff hitting a walk-off grand slam against Hamilton Southeastern to 10 run rule them. Ben Burton made a big hit in the sectional championship in the seventh inning and then again had a big hit in the state finals, a double, to take the lead.

This team had fun together, Cherry said, and the whole group was loose and laid back – even when it mattered most.