HISTORY OF BRAVES BASEBALL

Terre Haute South Vigo High School first opened its' doors in the Fall of 1971. Terre Haute South was a consolidation of Honey Creek High School and Wiley High School. Coach Girthie Harris had a difficult time molding the future of Terre Haute South Baseball due to the fact that the feeder program for all of baseball in Vigo County was located at the former Valle Field (now Boys and Girls Club Park). There were very few youth league baseball programs in the southern portion of Vigo County. Terre Haute North Vigo was the dominant high school baseball team in Vigo County until 1985. Terre Haute North won the first seven Sectional Tournaments (1972-78; West Vigo won in 1979) and also won from 1980-83. It wasn't until 1982 that Coach Harlan Lautenschlager and the Braves actually beat Terre Haute North in a varsity baseball game. Terre Haute North was led by Indiana High School Baseball Hall of Fame coach Don Jennings. West Vigo also defeated Terre Haute South in the Sectional Championship Game of the 1984 season. The 1985 season saw Coach Ken Martin finally bring a Sectional Championship to Terre Haute South. Not only did the Braves win the Sectional Championship that year, they also won the Regional Championship as well. The Braves repeated this feat in 1986 as well. Since the historic 1985 season, the Braves have won 13 Sectional Championships, 6 Regional Championships and 2 Final Four appearances.

We have listed a compilation of the four Terre Haute South Baseball coaches below. For all of you history buffs, enjoy!



Girthie Harris

5 Seasons
28-39-2

Years

1972

1973

1974

1975

1976

 

Record

6-6

3-5-1

9-8

8-11-1

2-9

Championships

 



Harlan Lautenschlager

7 Seasons
114-56

Years

1977

1978

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

 

Record

18-10

12-7

15-7

23-6

13-10

16-9

17-7


Championships


 


 

Ken Martin

11 Seasons
218-99

Years

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

Record

20-5

25-7

27-4

18-9

24-5

6-21

16-10

23-8

23-8

16-13

20-9




Championships

 

Sectional, Regional

Sectional, Regional

Sectional

 

 

 

Sectional

 

Kyle Kraemer

23 Seasons
469-209-2

Years

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Record

16-10

16-11

21-9

21-7

25-8

27-4

20-8

24-8

21-7

19-9

19-10

15-15-1

21-10

15-18

19-12-1

22-10

25-8

22-9

22-8

19-10

21-7

21-4

18-7

Championships

 

 

 

MIC, Sectional, Regional

Sectional, Regional, Final Four

Sectional

MIC

MIC, Sectional

MIC

 

 

 

Sectional

Sectional, Regional

Sectional

Sectional

MIC, Sectional, Regional, Final Four

 

MIC

 

 

 

Conference Indiana

 

FIRST BRAVES BASEBALL TEAM (1972)


FIRST ROW: Larry Newbern, Mark Abrell, Gary Frazier, Brad Llewellyn, John Miesel, Jeff Mast, Lonnie Yeager

SECOND ROW: Jim Piepenbrink, Joe Edinburgh, Terry Botts, Gordon Bell, Mike Callahan, Ken Thomas, John Lukens, Jim Smith

THIRD ROW: Head Coach Girthie Harris, Jerry Bailey, Neal Rowe, Bruce Krantz, Bob Cole, Don Haley, Grant Meneely, Scott Norris, Assistant Coach Larry Wolfe