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
1972    6-6
1973    3-5-1
1974    9-8
1975    8-11-1
1976    2-9

Harrold Lautenslchlager    7 seasons: 114-56
1977    18-10
1978    12-7
1979    15-7
1980    23-6
1981    13-10
1982    16-9
1983    17-7

Ken Martin           11 seasons: 218-99
1984     20-5
1985     25-7 (Sectional and Regional Champions)
1986     27-4 (Sectional and Regional Champions)
1987     18-9 (Sectional Champions)
1988    24-5
1989    6-21
1990   16-10
1991    23-8 (Sectional Champions)
1992   23-8
1993   16-13
1994   20-9

Kyle Kraemer 24 seasons   491-216-2

Career Record:
1995   16-10
1996   16-11
1997   21-9
1998   21-7 (MIC, Sectional and Regional Champions)
1999  25-8 (Sectional Champions, Regional Champions, Final 4)
2000 27-4 (Sectional Champions)
2001  20-8 (MIC Champions)
2002  24-8 (MIC, Sectional Champions)
2003  21-7 (MIC Champions)
2004  19-9
2005  19-10
2006  15-15-1
2007  21-10 (Sectional Champions)
2008  15-18 (Sectional, Regional Champions)
2009  19-12-1 (Sectional Champions)
2010  22-10 (Sectional Champions)
2011  25-8 (MIC, Sectional, Regional Champions, Final 4)
2012  22-9
2013 22-8 (MIC Champions)
2014  19-10
2015  21-7
2016 21-4
2017  18-7 (Conference Indiana Champions)
2018 22-9 (Conference Indiana, Sectional Champions)
2019