Providence Pioneers Baseball Team Honored for Winning State Championship

The Providence High School Baseball Team poses with the Clarksville Town Council.

CLARKSVILLE, IN (July 2, 2024) – In what seems to be becoming a common occurrence, the Clarksville Town Council hosted a team from Providence High School to celebrate another state championship.  This time, the Pioneers Baseball Team was honored for bringing home the IHSAA 2A State Championship in June.  Council President Ryan Ramsey read a proclamation naming the week of July 1 at “Providence Pioneers Baseball Week” in the Town of Clarksville.

The Pioneers defeated defeated two-time defending state champion Illiana Christian 9-0 at Victory Field in Indianapolis on June 15th.  This is Providence’s second state title in the last four years.  The team finished the season with a 22-7 record.  The proclamation in the team’s honor read as follows:

Providence Baseball Proclamation

After the proclamation was read and the team took their seats, President Ramsey asked Providence Sophomore Gavin Jackson to stay front and center for a special surprise.  President Ramsey then went on to read a second proclamation naming July 2, 2024 as “Gavin Jackson Day” in the Town of Clarksville.

Gavin Jackson
(From Left to Right:) Principal Steve Beyl, Council President Ryan Ramsey, Gavin Jackson, and Providence Head Baseball Coach Tre Watson.

Jackson struck out 10 batters en route to pitching a complete no-hitter, the first in state finals’ history.  However, it wasn’t until after he dusted himself off and climbed from the bottom of the Pioneers’ celebratory infield dogpile that the news reached him from catcher Lincoln Kruer.

“Not until the end of the game. Lincoln told me I had the first no-hitter in state championship history,” Jackson admitted. “I was like, ‘What? That’s awesome.’”

Like his older brother Cody, who was on the team during Providence’s last state title run in 2021, Jackson became a champion while also securing himself a place in the record books.

“Everything worked well. Fastball, curveball, change-up, everything worked well. Actually, I don’t throw a change-up,” Jackson playfully corrected with a laugh. “It’s a dream. I dreamed about playing on this field like every night, and it happened with a no-hitter. That’s awesome.”

Jackson’s proclamation from the Clarksville Town Council read as follows:

Gavin Jackson Proclamation

The Town of Clarksville would like to congratulate the Providence Pioneers on their amazing accomplishment!