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July 2, 2013

Finishing strong

ANDERSON, Ind. — ANDERSON — Curtis Wilson’s introduction to high school baseball came in the 2010 Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament championship game.

Against arch-rival Highland.

In the Scots’ final Muller appearance before consolidation.

It wasn’t the most comfortable situation for a freshman pitcher, but Wilson battled through. He gave up just three hits and kept the Indians in the game. But Anderson couldn’t come up with a big hit with runners on base and dropped a 5-2 decision.

Three years later, as a senior, Wilson still wasn’t backing down from a challenge.

In his final start for the Indians, he struck out 10 Richmond batters over two days — spanning a rain delay that suspended the sectional opener in the second inning — helping Anderson advance with a 4-0 victory.

Remarkably, it was his fourth straight postseason win. Wilson picked up all three decisions in 2012 as the Tribe won its first sectional title in 17 years.

He finished his Anderson career with a 23-8 overall record, and he was 13-5 in his final two seasons. Wilson pitched to a 6-1 mark with a 1.47 ERA and one save this spring, and he’s been named The Herald Bulletin’s 2013 Baseball Pitcher of the Year.

“He was just solid,” Indians coach Terry Turner said. “You could always count on him.”

Turner first realized he had a special pitcher on his hands near the end of Wilson’s sophomore season. Anderson played Huntington North — a perennial power in the North Central Conference — and Wilson shut them down in a 6-0 victory.

His finest hour, however, might have come during last year’s sectional final against New Castle.

Wilson had thrown nearly 30 pitches in relief during a come-from-behind 5-4 victory against Pendleton Heights in the afternoon semifinals, but he didn’t hesitate to take the ball again for the title tilt.

He scattered six hits and struck out seven as the Indians clawed their way to a 6-0 victory to end their long sectional drought.

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