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Nick Muller Tournament Preview

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Credit to George Bremer | The Herald Bulletin

The 17th Annual Nick Muller Tournament begins tonight at 5:30 at Memorial Field for Anderson High School. Anderson last won the tournament in 2007, but they are hopeful for a return to the title game this year with a “deep and experienced lineup”.

Pendleton Heights has had their share of recent success in this tournament, with four championships in the last six years. Anderson feels confident and ready to derail them.

Excerpt from The Herald Bulletin:

Anderson (3-0) hosts Elwood (1-1) at Memorial Field. Indians coach Adrian Heim — entering his second season with the Tribe — led the Panthers to the 2A state finals in 2008 and his staff is also comprised of Elwood alums.

Codey Harrison, meanwhile, has a young Panthers squad on the rise. The winner hosts Pendleton Heights in Wednesday’s semifinals and must claim three victories in three days just to reach the final.

That’s going to test any pitching staff. But Heim is confident in Anderson’s group that goes eight deep — Dylan Barron, Yorktown transfer Jacob Morris, Drayven Hoyle, Braden Odom, Bailey Hunt, Jarrett McCormick, Nate Gray and Cameron Pratt.

Heim’s also excited about the team’s prospects in his second season at the helm.

“It’s been amazing the transformation from last year’s group,” he said. “Nothing against them, they worked very hard. But everything was new to them, and they had to get adjusted to what I wanted from them. This year, we’ve just hit the ground running.”

If the Indians win against Elwood on Tuesday and Pendleton Heights on Wednesday, they will advance to the semifinal game on Thursday. The championship game will take place on Saturday at 10:00am.

Other teams in the tournament include Lapel, Alexandria, Frankton, Anderson Prep, and Madison-Grant.

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