Harris hammers away at Indian Hill record book

INDIAN HILL - The Indian Hill High School baseball season ended with three postseason wins before a 13-6 loss to Ross in the Division II district final May 20. The sectional championship and district runner-up title made it the best tourney run by the Braves in recent memory.

They finished 17-13 overall and 10-4 in the Cincinnati Hills League (tied with Madeira behind league champion Taylor). Seven seniors finished their Indian Hill careers, including Chandler Harris who leaves as the school's all-time leader in hits, doubles and walks.

The four-year starter has played a variety of positions for Indian Hill, starting as a second baseman. This season he primarily was a catcher but was also called on for mound duty, picking up the win in relief in the team's dramatic two-day 11-7 win over top seed New Richmond in the Division II sectional final.

"They started (top pitcher) Lane Flamm then took him out because they went up early," Harris said. "We tied it up in the seventh, so they brought him back, but they had to call it because of darkness. The next day, he wasn't available to pitch and I went out for us. It was pretty crazy, but a lot of fun."

That particular game saw Indian Hill use three players, A.J. King, Joe Oakes and Harris as both catchers and pitchers.

Primarily, Harris walked frequently and carried a big stick for the Braves. His career-low average was.302 as a freshman. From there, he hit .521 as a sophomore to lead the CHL, .461 as a junior and .518 as a senior to again take the batting title.

"This was probably my favorite year," Harris said. "The hits were great but I'm happier with how far we went in the tournament. We haven't made it very far in the tournament in awhile."

The left-handed hitter accumulated 132 hits in four seasons, with 41 doubles and 68 walks. During his sophomore through senior season, he had 116 of those hits and became one of just three players to have accomplished that feat in the CHL. Max Kadish of Wyoming is one, and the other one typically starts in the outfield for the Boston Red Sox in Madeira's Andrew Benintendi.

"Being a lefty definitely helps because you face a lot of righties in high school ball," Harris said. "This offseason I worked with Adam Basil from the Flames. He adjusted my swing and everything we worked on really worked. I guess I can attribute my hitting to making adjustments at the plate."

The three-time captain and three-time scholar athlete recently was named to the Division II All-State first team as a catcher and will attend Miami University on a full tuition scholarship.

"The academic scholarship kind of made my decision easy," Harris said. "I would like to walk-on. I think coach (Dan) Hayden knows who I am. I had some people reach out to him and I think he knows that I'm coming."

Currently, Harris is playing on the 18U Grizzlies Baseball Club featuring several local standouts like Michael Hall from Mason, Keith Carter from Milford, Tommy Brosnahan from Lebanon and Chase Wullenweber, Dominic Schivone and Brennan Martin from Lakota West.

His ambitious summer schedule allowed him to face tougher pitching, which made the high school campaigns slightly easier.

Still, 132 hits and .500-plus batting averages aren't given away; they're earned and Harris has earned a spot at the top in the Indian Hill record books.

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