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Silver Creek pitcher Tyler Wheeler completes a pitch to the plate during the Dragons' 5-3 victory over Vincennes Lincoln in the Class 3A Evansville Regional championship game at Braun Field on Saturday. Photo by Joe Ullrich

It’s hard to argue that there was a better two-way player in Southern Indiana than Silver Creek senior Tyler Wheeler.

He had an ERA of 1.88 in the regular season and finished with a 2.18 ERA with 83 strikeouts in 53 2/3 innings despite missing two weeks with a leg injury.

At the plate, Wheeler hit over .400 with and slugged at a .671 clip thanks to nine doubles and three home runs.

He hopes to continue to be a two-way player for Division II Southern Indiana.

Wheeler went into the ninth inning having allowed just one run against No. 2 Edgewood on Saturday, but the Dragons’ bid to reach the state finals a second straight season came up short.

“It’s tough. Senior year, you want to be able to do everything you possibly can to help your team win. I was happy with the way I played throughout the year, but there’s always room for improvement,” Wheeler said.

Wheeler has been able to look back at his and the team’s accomplishments and appreciate it all.

“On the bus ride home is when you realize, you’re like you remember sophomore year, you remember freshman year. It sucks it’s over, but once it’s over you realize all the memories you have and it’s really, really cool,” Wheeler said.