FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Ivy Tech baseball team, the Titans, hosted a ceremony in honor of Alex Vega’s and Andrew Carpenter’s jersey retirement before their game at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Ash Centre.
The team retired jersey #22 of Alex Vega who holds most of the Ivy Tech Baseball records. Alex is currently the shortstop for the University of Indianapolis. Alex was in attendance. He told WANE 15, “Coach Hershberger is a phenomenal coach who knows so much about baseball, more than, honestly, anybody I’ve met so I’m just learning from him, learning from these teammates.”
The team also retired #11 of Andrew Carpenter. Andrew was tragically killed by a drunk driver in 2019. Andrew was the winning pitcher in the first game ever won by Ivy Tech
. Andrew’s parents were in attendance. Alex Vega was teammates and friends with Andrew and he spoke of their friendship, “My friend Andrew Carpenter, it’s an honor to get retired with number 11, I was telling his parents. I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
Mayor Henry declared Saturday as Andrew Carpenter Day in Fort Wayne, by proclamation. That proclamation was read at the ceremony.