Walsh Jesuit Baseball Accomplishments

North Coast League Champions

 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Division II State Champions:

1999, 2004, 2006, 2008

Division II State Runner-Up:

 2009, 2010

State Final Four:

1989

State Poll Champions: 

2007, 2014  

State Poll Runner-Up:

2006, 2009, 2010 

Nationally Ranked Teams: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015

Walsh Jesuit Baseball Ranked No. 1 in the Nation: April 18 - May 11, 2010

 V. Baseball

 

Season Highlights

Sectional Champions

Warrior pitchers post third combined no-hitter of the year as Canzone, Burke, Stahl, Anzelc and Kukla etch names in Walsh Jesuit Baseball record books

May 12, 2016, CUYAHOGA FALLS: Five Warrior pitchers combined to throw the Warriors’ third no-hitter of the year as the Walsh Jesuit Baseball team cruised into District Play by a score of 19-0 in the Sectional Championship game over Akron North. Senior Ohio State recruit Dominic Canzone earned his 6th win of the year, while Junior Jace Burke, Freshman Nate Stahl, Junior Kasey Anzelc, and Senior Kenyon College recruit Andrew Kukla all came on to shut the door in hitless relief. Canzone also belted two doubles in the game, while Senior Earlham College recruits Dan Mendenhall and Bryce Marshall, as well as Sophomore Drew Wilkinson all had multi-hit games, with Wilkinson going a perfect 3-3. Also hitting well for WJ were Juniors Brendan Regan and Josh Bennett, Seniors Nate Reich and Andrew Knipfer, and Sophomores Nolan Quinn, Easton Kindall, and Matt Lobeck.

With the win, the Warriors’ record now stands at 18-7 on the year.


Warriors fall in final frame of thriller

Mendenhall and Regan outstanding

May 9, 2016, STRONGSVILLE: In an extremely well-played and pitched game by both teams, the Walsh Jesuit Baseball team fell to Strongsville in the bottom of the 7th inning by a score of 2-1. Senior Earlham College recruit Dan Mendenhall was extremely sharp on the mound yet again in going the distance and suffering the hard-luck defeat. Junior Michigan State recruit Brendan Regan ripped the ball every time up, and provided the lone run of the game via a solo shot over the left-field wall for his 3rd HR of the year, finishing the day 2-3 including a line-out to deep right center. Mendenhall also helped his own cause at the plate going 1-2 with a walk, while Senior John Carroll University recruit Nate Reich also hit well.

With the defeat, the Warriors’ record now stands at 17-7 on the year.


Berkshire defeats WJ on Underclassman Day

Funtash, Kukla, Stahl, Feltner, Burke, Anzelc sharp on the mound

May 7, 2016, BERKSHIRE: It was Underclassman Day at Berkshire on Saturday as the Warrior underclassmen dropped a hard-fought game by a score of 4-1. The Warriors were able to bring the go-ahead run to the plate in the 7th while the Seniors were at prom, but ran out of outs in the end. Pitching well for WJ were Juniors Kevin Kukla, Kasey Anzelc, and Jace Burke, Sophomore Andrew Funtash, and Freshmen Yassir Kahook, Riley Feltner, and Nathan Stahl. Hitting well for WJ were Juniors Brendan Regan, Chad O’Connor, Jace Burke, and Kevin Kukla, as well as Sophomore Easton Kindall and Freshmen Nathan Stahl and Nick Vaccaro.

The Warriors’ record now stands at 17-6 on the year.


Warriors edged by Solon late

Miscues costly in one run game

May 6, 2016, SOLON: The Walsh Jesuit baseball team was edged by a game Solon team late by a score of 6-5.  While the Warriors were Leading most of the way, the resilient Solon squad came back to take the lead scoring three times in the 6th. Senior Ohio State recruit Dominic Canzone was a perfect 3-3 on the day, including an RBI and a double, while fellow Big Ten-bound player Junior Michigan State recruit Brendan Regan had a pair of hits including a double of his own. Also hitting well in the game were seniors Mac Shinaberry, Chris Shorter, and Andrew Knipfer, as well as Junior Jace Burke.

The Warriors’ record now stands at 17-5 on the year.


Mendenhall, Shinaberry, Canzone lead Warriors to win

Warriors conclude NCL play at 7-3

May 4, 2016, CHARDON: The Walsh Jesuit baseball team defeated Chardon Notre Dame Cathedral Latin by a score of 4-2 to conclude North Coast League play for the year. Trailing by a run heading into the 5th, Senior Mac Shinaberry belted a deep 2-run double to put the Warriors ahead for good. Senior Earlham College recruit Dan Mendenhall improved to 4-0 on the year with another impressive performance on the mound, while Senior Ohio State recruit Dominic Canzone came on to earn his 3rd save. Mendenhall also helped his own cause with a pair of hits, while Junior Michigan State recruit Brendan Regan, Canzone, Senior Case recruit Christopher Shorter, and Senior Earlham College recruit Bryce Marshall also hit well in the game.

With the win the Warriors improve to 17-4, and finish at 7-3 in NCL play on the year.


Senior Day success

Oppedisano, Kukla, Shinaberry, Shorter, Marshall & Reich excel in victory as Senior class honored

May 3, 2016, CUYAHOGA FALLS: It was a Senior Day success as the Walsh Jesuit baseball team defeated Cleveland Benedictine by a score of 5-0 behind a combined shutout effort from Seniors Vinny Oppedisano and Andrew Kukla. Honored prior to the start of the game on this bright and sunny occasion were Seniors Oppedisano, Kukla, Dominic Canzone, Dan Mendenhall, Nate Reich, Mac Shinaberry, Bryce Marshall, Andrew Knipfer, Collin Marks, Chris Shorter and their families. Providing the offensive punch with multi-hit efforts were Seniors Mac Shinaberry, Chris Shorter, and Bryce Marshall, while Nate Reich, Dominic Canzone, Junior Brendan Regan, Junior Josh Bennett, and Sophomore Kevin Jarvis also hit well in the game.

With the win the Warriors improve to 16-4, 6-3 in NCL play on the year.

Seven Warrior pitchers and Canzone lead Warriors to big win

Shinaberry also provides offensive punch in victory

April 30, 2016, YOUNGSTOWN: The Walsh Jesuit baseball team ended the week on a high note yesterday with a 8-0 win at Youngstown Boardman behind seven Warrior hurlers and a big day at the plate from Ohio State recruit Dominic Canzone. Junior Kevin Kukla, Sophomore LHP Kevin Jarvis, Junior CJ Lent, Freshman Yassir Kahook, Freshman Riley Feltner, Sophomore Andrew Funtash, and Senior Kenyon College recruit Andrew Kukla all threw shutout innings in the win, with Kevin Kukla, Lent, Kahook, and Feltner making their Varsity debuts on the mound in fine fashion. Canzone crushed a no-doubt grand slam home run deep over the right centerfield wall and also had a triple in the game. Fellow senior Mac Shinaberry had a deep double as well as an RBI single, while Senior Case recruit Christopher Shorter continued his outstanding season with a 2-RBI single. Also hitting well in the game was Junior Michigan State recruit Brendan Regan, Junior Josh Bennett, and Senior Earlham College recruit Bryce Marshall.

With the victory the Warriors improve to 15-4 on the year.


Warriors win extra inning thriller behind Oppedisano, Canzone, Reich

Regan shines on defense and also has multi-hit game

April 29, 2016, WOOSTER: The Walsh Jesuit baseball won an extra-inning thriller by a score of 3-2 over Wooster on Friday behind the pitching of Senior Vinny Oppedisano and Senior Ohio State recruit Dominic Canzone who improved to 5-0 on the year and allowed only a single hit over his 4 innings of relief. Senior Nate Reich had a pair of hits on the day, including the game winning RBI single in the top of the 10th inning. Junior Michigan State recruit Brendan Regan continues to shine defensively at SS with several outstanding plays defensively while also contributing a multi-hit effort that included the other 2 RBIs in the game. Also hitting well was Senior Case recruit Christopher Shorter, Senior Mac Shinaberry, Juniors Josh Bennett and Kevin Kukla, and Sophomore Drew Wilkinson.

With the victory the Warriors improve to 14-4 on the year.


Warriors drop NCL contest

Canzone, Regan, Shorter and Quinn have multi-hit games

April 26, 2016, CUYAHOGA FALLS: The Walsh Jesuit baseball fell to Parma Padua by a score of 9-7 in a North Coast League contest. Senior Ohio State recruit Dominic Canzone,  Junior Michigan State recruit Brendan Regan, Senior Case recruit Christopher Shorter, and Junior Nolan Quinn all contributed multi-hit games, while Senior Dan Mendenhall, Senior Mac Shinaberry, and Senior Bryce Marshall also hit well in the game.

With the defeat the Warriors fall to13-4, 5-3 in NCL play on the year.


Mendenhall, Regan, Canzone, Shorter, Bennett lead Warriors to lopsided win

Kukla also throws well in relief

April 26, 2016, AKRON: Senior Dan Mendenhall was sharp on the mound in leading the Walsh Jesuit Baseball team to a 13-2 win and season sweep of rival Akron Hoban.  The Earlham College recruit was also 2-4 at the plate in helping his own cause, while Big Ten recruits Brendan Regan and Dominic Canzone both had three hits on the day. Also with a trio of hits was Junior Josh Bennett, while Senior Chris Shorter continued his remarkable season on both sides of the ball with a pair of hits, 3 RBI, and outstanding defense in centerfield. Also hitting well for the Warriors were Sophomores Easton Kindall and Drew Wilkinson, and Juniors Kasey Anzelc and Kevin Kukla. Coming on for a shutout inning of relief was Senior Kenyon College recruit Andrew Kukla.

With the win the Warriors improve to 13-3 on the year, 5-2 in NCL play. 


Ohio Jesuit Tournament CHAMPIONS!!!!

Oppedisano, Shorter, Shinaberry lead Walsh Jesuit Baseball to 2nd consecutive OJT Title

April 24, 2016, CINCINNATI: Senior Vinny Oppedisano hurled 6-2/3 innings of solid relief and fellow seniors Christopher Shorter and Mac Shinaberry combine for six hits, five runs, and six RBI to lead the Walsh Jesuit Baseball team to a 13-8 victory over Toledo St. Johns Jesuit in the Championship game of the annual Ohio Jesuit Tournament being held at Cincinnati St. Xavier. Senior Ohio State recruit Dominic Canzone and Senior Earlham College recruit Dan Mendenhall also both had multi-hit games, while Junior Michigan State recruit Brendan Regan, Sophomore Nolan Quinn, Junior Josh Bennett, and Sophomore Drew Wilkinson also hit very well in the game. The 2016 OJT championship is the 2nd consecutive OJT Title, as the Warriors won the OJT in 2014 (event was rained out in 2015).

With the win the Warriors improve to 12-3 on the year. 


Warriors victorious behind Canzone in semi-final of annual Ohio Jesuit Tournament

Senior Ohio State recruit earns complete game victory and chips in 4RBI

April 23, 2016, CINCINNATI: Senior Ohio State recruit Dominic Canzone led the Walsh Jesuit Baseball team to victory both on the mound and at the plate as the Warriors defeated Jesuit school brother Cleveland St. Ignatius by a score of 7-1 in the semi-final of the annual Ohio Jesuit Tournament being held at Cincinnati St. Xavier. In addition to the complete game victory and improving to 4-0 on the year, Canzone was 2-3 at the plate with 4 RBI. Also hitting well for the Warriors were Seniors Dan Mendenhall, Mac Shinaberry, Andrew Knipfer, Nate Reich, and Bryce Marshall, as well as Junior Michigan State recruit Brendan Regan who also chipped in some sparkling defense at short.   

With the win the Warriors improve to 11-3 on the year and advance to the Ohio Jesuit Tournament Championship game for the second consecutive time.


Warriors edged in NCL contest 4-3

Junior Michigan State recruit Regan has 3 hits, Marshall with 2

April 20, 2016, PARMA: The Walsh Jesuit Baseball team fell by a score of 4-3 to Parma Padua on Wednesday in a well-played, clean, competitive game by both teams. Junior Michigan State recruit Brendan Regan collected three hits in the game, while Senior Earlham College recruit Bryce Marshall had a pair of hits on the day. Also hitting well was Senior Nate Reich who also turned in a couple of sparking plays on defense, Senior Andrew Knipfer, Senior Dominic Canzone, and Senior Earlham College recruit Dan Mendenhall.   

With the defeat the Warriors fall to 10-3 on the year, 4-2 in NCL play.


Regan leads Warriors to win on mound and at plate

Junior Michigan State recruit earns victory and belts HR; Canzone earns 2nd save

April 19, 2016, CUHAHOGA FALLS: Junior Brendan Regan earned a hard-fought win on the mound, and ripped what proved to be the game-winning HR in a 4-2 victory over visiting Mentor Lake Catholic in a North Coast League contest. The HR was Regan’s second of the year. Senior Ohio State recruit Dominic Canzone came on in the 7th to earn the save, striking out the only 2 batters he faced, and also contributing a triple in the game. Senior Earlham College recruit Bryce Marshall  was the only Warrior player with two hits, while Senior Case recruit Christopher Shorter and Sophomore Drew Wilkinson also hit well in the game.   

With the win the Warriors improve to 10-2 on the year, 4-1 in NCL play.


Mendenhall flirts with Warriors third straight no-hitter

Senior hurls one-hit shutout and also has 3 hits; Knipfer, Canzone, Shinaberry & Marshall have multi-hit days

April 18, 2016, CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY, CLEVELAND: Senior Dan Mendenhall flirted with the Walsh Jesuit Baseball team’s third consecutive no-hitter, taking a bid into the 5th before allowing the only hit of the game as the Warriors came away with a 13-0 win over Cleveland Benedictine at Case Western Reserve University’s Nobbys Ballpark. The Earlham College recruit Mendenhall also helped his own cause at the plate with a trio of hits, while Senior Baldwin Wallace recruit Andrew Knipfer also chipped in three hits of his own.  Senior Ohio State recruit Dominic Canzone, Senior Mac Shinaberry, and Senior Earlham College recruit Bryce Marshall  each had two hits, while Junior Michigan State recruit Brendan Regan, Senior Case recruit Christopher Shorter, Sophomore Nolan Quinn, Senior Nate Reich all hit well in the game.   

With the win the Warriors improve to 9-2 on the year, 3-1 in NCL play.


Warrior hurlers combine to throw back-to-back no-hitters

Anzelc, Oppedisano, Kukla, Mendenhall, Stahl, Jarvis and Funtash earn trip into WJ Baseball record books

April 16, 2016, BEREA: Seven Walsh Jesuit Baseball pitchers combined to throw back-to-back no hitters on a bright, sunny and warm day in Berea this past Saturday as Junior LHP Kasen Anzelc, Senior RHP Vinny Oppedisano, Senior Kenyon recruit Andrew Kukla, Senior Earlham College recruit Dan Mendenhall, Freshman RHP Nathan Stahl, Sophomore LHP Kevin Jarvis, and Sophomore RHP Andrew Funtash all earned a permanent place in the Walsh Jesuit Baseball record book with their remarkable day. Walsh Jesuit defeated North Olmsted by a score of 8-2 in the opening game as Anzelc earned the win, while WJ topped Berea 16-0 in the second half as Mendenhall earned the victory. Hitting well for the Maroon & Gold in Game 1 were Big Ten bound players Brendan Regan and Dominic Canzone with a pair of hits apiece, while Senior Mac Shinaberry, Senior Case recruit Christopher Shorter, Sophomore Easton Kindall, Senior Nate Reich (undecided), Senior Baldwin Wallace recruit Andrew Knipfer, and Senior Bryce Marshall all hit well in the contest. In Game 2, Sophomore Drew Wilkinson had the only multi-hit game for the Warriors, while Junior Kevin Kukla, Sophomore Kevin Jarvis, Senior Dan Mendenhall, Sophomore Easton Kindall, Junior Chad O’Connor, Junior Josh Bennett, Sophomore Matt Lobeck, and Sophomore Nolan Quinn and contributed at the plate to the Warriors’ big win.  

With the wins the Warriors improve to 8-2 on the year.

Warriors defeat rival as OSU recruit Canzone sparkles

Senior hurls one-hitter; Shinaberry has three-hit day

April 14, 2016, AKRON: Senior Dominic Canzone was on cruise control as the Ohio State recruit pitched a complete game one-hitter in a 9-1 victory over rival Akron St. Vincent St. Mary. Canzone struck out eight, and did not allow an earned run and also chipped in a double in the game. Senior Mac Shinaberry had a three-hit game, while Senior Earlham recruit Bryce Marshall also hat a multi-hit effort as well. Also hitting well for Walsh Jesuit Baseball was Senior Earlham recruit Dan Mendenhall, Senior Case recruit Chris Shorter, Junior Josh Bennett, Sophomore Kevin Jarvis, and Junior Alex Weitman.   

With the win the Warriors improve to 6-2 on the year.


Warriors drop NCL contest

Canzone earns complete game victory with Mendenhall providing big blow on offense

April 13, 2016, CUYAHOGA FALLS: The Walsh Jesuit baseball team was defeated by NDCL in a North Coast League contest by a score of 12-6. The Warrior offense tied the game on a two occasions and banged out nine hits, but it wasn’t enough. Four hitters for the Maroon & Gold had multi-hit games, including Junior Michigan State recruit Brendan Regan, Senior Earlham recruit Dan Mendenhall,  Senior Case recruit Christopher Shorter, and Sophomore OF Nolan Quinn. Also hitting well for WJ were Seniors Mac Shinaberry, Bryce Marshall and Andrew Knipfer. .

The Warriors fell to 5-2, 2-1 in NCL play on the year.


Regan, Canzone, Oppedisano pace Warriors

Quinn, Marshall, Shorter and Kindall hit well in NCL win

April 6, 2016, Mentor: The Walsh Jesuit baseball played well in all phases of the game in winning their 2nd consecutive NCL contest by a score of 11-2 over Mentor Lake Catholic. The wet and cold day did not slow down Big Ten Conference bound Brendan Regan (Michigan State) and Dominic Canzone (Ohio State), as the pair combined for 6 hits on the day, with Regan ripping a pair of doubles and his first HR of the year. Sophomore OF Nolan Quinn also had a pair of hits, while fellow Sophomore Easton Kindall made his first Varsity hit a memorable one, ripping a home run deep over the left field wall.  Also hitting well for the Warriors were senior Earlham recruits Bryce Marshall (RBI Double) and Dan Mendenhall, Senior Case recruit Christopher Shorter (double), Senior Baldwin Wallace recruit Andrew Knipfer, and Senior Mac Shinaberry. Senior Vinny Oppedisano was sharp on the mound in earning his 2nd win of the year, allowing only one earned run in his 6 innings of work. Senior Kenyon recruit Andrew Kukla came on to pitch a scoreless 7th.

With the win the Warriors improve to 5-1, 2-0 in NCL play on the year.


Warriors prevail against rival in NCL opener

Canzone earns complete game victory with Mendenhall providing big blow on offense

April 5, 2016, CUYAHOGA FALLS: The Walsh Jesuit baseball defeated rival Archbishop Hoban by a score of 10-6 in the North Coast League opener for both schools as Senior Ohio State recruit Dominic Canzone collected the complete game win. Senior Earlham recruit Dan Mendenhall was the offensive hero, ripping a no-doubt three run home run which was the big blow on offense for the Maroon & Gold in the contest. A sloppy and wet game saw an uncharacteristic Warrior defense commit five errors, with Canzone also helping his own cause at the plate with a deep RBI double. Also hitting well for WJ was Junior Michigan State recruit Brendan Regan, Junior Jace Burke, Senior John Carrol recruit Collin Marks, Senior Nate Reich, and Junior Kevin Kukla. Senior Case recruit Christopher Shorter contributed a key 2-out, 2-run single to retake a lead late in the game that would not be relinquished.

With the win the Warriors improve to 4-1, 1-0 in NCL play on the year.


Warriors fall in Youngstown

Canzone, Funtash, Shinaberry, Regan, Knipfer, Mendenhall are bright spots on cold and rainy day

April 2, 2016, YOUNGSTOWN: The Walsh Jesuit baseball dropped their first game of the year on Saturday by a score of 7-5 to Youngstown Ursuline. Ursuline, the state’s 4th ranked Division II team, came back from a 4-0 deficit in a late inning back-and-forth affair that saw WJ run out of outs with the tying runs on base in the 7th. Bright spots for the Warriors on offense on an otherwise cold and rainy day were Seniors Dominic Canzone, Mac Shinaberry, Andrew Knipfer, and Dan Mendenhall, as well as Juniors Brendan Regan and Jace Burke. Sophomore RHP Andrew Funtash was sharp on the mound, coming on to throw 1-1/3 innings of shutout relief allowing only one hit, striking out two.

With the loss the Warriors record stands at 3-1 on the year.


Offense widespread in Warrior win

Ohio State recruit Canzone collects first victory of the year with 8 Ks in 3 IP

March 30, 2016, CHESTERLAND: The Walsh Jesuit baseball team cruised to a 13-0 win over West Geauga yesterday as Senior Ohio State recruit Dominic Canzone collected his first victory of the year. The Senior hurled three innings of one-hit shutout baseball while striking out eight. Canzone was also 2-3 at the plate. Talented Freshman RHP Nate Stahl came on to make his debut on the mound, also throwing a shutout inning striking out 2, while sophomore Andrew Funtash closed out the game with a perfect 5th, striking out one. Stahl also collected his first varsity hit, a deep 2 RBI double in an 11-pitch at bat. Junior Jace Burke was the main offensive catalyst for the day, going a perfect 3-3 with three deep doubles, while Senior Dan Mendenhall (undecided) also had a pair of hits on the day including 3 RBI. Also hitting well for the Warriors was Senior Earlham recruit Bryce Marshall, Senior Mac Shinaberry, Senior Baldwin Wallace recruit Andrew Knipfer, and Senior John Carroll recruit Collin Marks.

With the win the Warriors improve to 3-0 on the year.


March 26, 2016: CUYAHOGA FALLS:  The Walsh Jesuit Baseball team opened the 2016 campaign in style on a beautiful Saturday afternoon with a double header sweep of visiting Stow by scores of 10-2 and 7-4.

The Warriors dedicated their wins to longtime Team Chaplain Father Emmett Holmes who passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. Holmes, a beloved member of the baseball staff for many years, was 87 years old. May he rest in peace. The team had a moment of silence to honor Father Holmes prior to the start of Game 2.

In Game 1, Junior RHP Jace Burke was extremely sharp to open the season, striking out 10 batters in his 5 innings of work, allowing 2 hits. Senior Vinny Oppedisano (undecided) and Senior Kenyon recruit Andrew Kukla came on to both throw identical perfect innings of relief, striking out one each. The offense was widespread in the game as the Warriors banged out 16 hits, with Seniors Dominic Canzone (Ohio State), Mac Shinaberry, Christopher Shorter (Case Western Reserve), Andrew Knipfer, and Nate Reich (undecided), as well as Junior Michigan State recruit Brendan Regan all having multi-hit games. Senior Earlham recruit Bryce Marshall, Senior Dan Mendenhall (undecided), and Junior Jace Burke also provided key offense in the game with hits and multiple RBI apiece.

In Game 2, Senior Vinny Oppedisano earned the win with 3-1/3 innings of solid relief in his second appearance of the day. Senior Dan Mendenhall and Senior Ohio State recruit Dominic Canzone also came on to throw well in relief. Mendenhall was a key contributor at the plate as well, launching the first Warrior HR of the year, a no-doubt shot over the left field wall for his second hit of the game. Also providing key offense was Michigan State recruit Brendan Regan, with his second triple of the day, as well as a double, while Senior Mac Shinaberry, Senior Collin Marks (undecided) also had a pair of hits. Also hitting well was Senior Chris Shorter, as well as Junior Jace Burke.

News

Walsh Jesuit’s Nathan Reich Commits to John Carroll University

Nathan Reich

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, July 7, 2016— Walsh Jesuit senior, Nate Reich has made a commitment to continue his academic and athletic career as a Blue Streak for John Carroll University. Reich will play for the school’s NCAA Division III baseball program for Head Baseball Coach Marc Thibeault.

Reich, an infielder for the Warriors, helped lead the team to their fourth straight North Coast League Championship, a District championship win, and a 26-4 record in 2015. The Warriors earned the number two ranking in the State last year by Prep Baseball Report (PBR) and their ninth National ranking in school history. This past year, Reich helped lead the Warriors to their tenth overall National ranking, their second consecutive Ohio Jesuit Tournament Championship, and a District Runner-up finish as the team posted a 20-8 record.

“The thing that immediately stands out about Nate is his remarkable skill defensively,” said Chris Kaczmar, Walsh Jesuit’s head baseball coach. “He’s a player that I always enjoyed stopping for long moments just to watch take infield because of his high level of skill. He also was one of our most improved overall players and had a remarkable run when it counted the most. While he is exceptional on defense, it is outside the lines where we will miss him the most. He is a young man of character that grew to be a close friend that will be deeply missed, and we are extremely excited that he will continue his career in a program with Coach Thibeault at JCU.”Reich becomes the eighth member of the 2016 class to advance to collegiate baseball.

Reich, who plans to major in Business at John Carroll University, is the son of Darin and Denise Reich of Sagamore Hills, Ohio. 


Andrew Knipfer Commits to Baldwin Wallace University 

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, April 13, 2016— Walsh Jesuit senior, Andrew Knipfer has made a commitment to continue his academic and athletic career as a Stinger for Baldwin Wallace University. Knipfer will play for the school’s NCAA Division III baseball program for Head Baseball Coach, Brian Harrison. 

KNIPFER ANDREW 12Knipfer, an outfielder for the Warriors, compiled a batting average of .500 last year, receiving the Silver Slugger Award. He helped lead the team to their fourth straight North Coast League Championship, a District championship win, and a 26-4 record. The Warriors earned the number two ranking in the State last year by Prep Baseball Report (PBR) and their ninth National ranking in school history. 

“It has truly been a pleasure to know Andrew Knipfer for these four great years,” said Chris Kaczmar, Walsh Jesuit’s head baseball coach. “He has a remarkable and very valuable combination of athleticism, power, speed and skill, and he possesses a great sense of humility and respect for the game. Andrew is a fine young man and he has a tremendous amount of potential for success at the next level. He has become a good friend and an asset to Walsh Jesuit Baseball in many ways; he will be missed when he moves on to Baldwin Wallace, but we are thrilled he will be with Coach Harrison and his staff.” 

Knipfer is a student ambassador at Walsh Jesuit and a member of the Ping Pong Club. He also volunteers at the Akron – Canton Regional Foodbank and the Solon Senior Center. 

Knipfer, who plans to major in Business Administration at Baldwin Wallace, is the son of Eddy and Lesia Knipfer of Macedonia, Ohio. 


Walsh Jesuit’s Chris Shorter Commits to Case Western Reserve

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, February 25, 2016— Walsh Jesuit senior, Christopher Shorter has made a commitment to continue his academic and athletic career as a Spartan for Case Western Reserve University. Shorter will play for the school’s NCAA Division III baseball program for Head Baseball Coach Matt Englander. 

Shorter, an outfielder for the Warriors, compiled a batting average of .438 last year, and helped lead the team to their fourth straight North Coast League Championship, a District championship win, and a 26-4 record. The Warriors earned the number two ranking in the State last year by Prep Baseball Report (PBR) and their ninth National ranking in school history. 

“Without hesitation, I can say that Chris Shorter is one of the finest, brightest, and sincere young men I have had the good fortune to coach,” said Chris Kaczmar, Walsh Jesuit’s head baseball coach. “He is constantly seeking excellence in the classroom and on the field, and his passion truly gives our whole program energy every day. Chris’ future is so very bright in many, many ways. He is thoughtful, empathetic, athletic, and brilliant. He is a mature and humble player that takes care of even the little things with a high degree of professionalism, and a true friend that is an extremely talented player who will be missed a great deal. I am genuinely proud of his deserving success.”  member of the 2016 squad to advance to collegiate baseball.

Shorter carries a 4.35 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society at Walsh Jesuit. He is also the founding member of the Walsh Jesuit Ping Pong Club, and has received a Yale Book Award and an ACESS Engineering Award. 

Shorter, who plans to major in Engineering at Case Western Reserve, is the son of Marcie and Ted of Munroe Falls, Ohio. 


Walsh Jesuit’s Andrew Kukla Commits to Kenyon College 

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, November 11, 2015— Walsh Jesuit senior, Andrew Kukla has made a commitment to continue his academic and athletic career at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Kukla will play for the school’s NCAA Division III baseball program, and becomes the fourth member of the 2016 WJ baseball team to advance to the collegiate level. 

KUKLA ANDREW 12“We are extremely proud that Andrew will be joining Coach Burdette and his staff at Kenyon to further his academic and baseball career,” said head baseball coach, Chris Kaczmar. “Kenyon recruited him not only for his projection, but most importantly because he’s a strike thrower. Andrew is an extremely professional and mature young man that we are excited to have for one more year as a part of Walsh Jesuit baseball both inside and outside the lines.” 

Kukla’s other Walsh Jesuit baseball coaches echoed Kaczmar’s sentiment. “Andrew Kukla has grown immensely as a baseball player, a person and a leader throughout his time at Walsh Jesuit High School,” said Michael Palange, assistant WJ baseball coach. “Andrew is incredibly intelligent and always goes above and beyond to achieve his goals, whether on the playing field or in the classroom. Andrew’s continued hard work, passion and dedication will serve him well as he takes the next step in his athletic and academic careers at Kenyon and beyond.” 

Assistant baseball coach, Trey Bennett says, “Andrew is a true student of the game, and his growth and development as a baseball player has only been exceeded by his growth and development as a person. He is the type of player that every coach wants on a team, in that he can be trusted to be another coach on the field and in the dugout, and, no matter the circumstances or the situation, he has thrived in that role. Kenyon is not only getting a good baseball player, but, more importantly, they are getting an incredible person in Andrew Kukla.” 

He carries a 4.1 GPA, is a Commended Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society at Walsh Jesuit. He serves as a Eucharistic Minister at school and volunteers at Regina Health Center, Thea Bowman Center and is a member of Assumption Church. 

Kukla, who plans to major in Mathematics at Kenyon College, is the son of Craig and Eileen Kukla of North Royalton, Ohio. 


Walsh Jesuit’s Brendan Regan Commits to Michigan State

REGAN BRENDAN 11Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, October 28, 2015— Walsh Jesuit junior, Brendan Regan has made a commitment to continue his academic and athletic career as a Spartan for Michigan State. Regan will play for the school’s NCAA Division I baseball program under head coach, Jake Boss.  Regan is the second member of his family to commit to a Division I school; Regan’s brother Connor plays for the University of Buffalo. 

Regan joins former Warrior and LHP Joe Mockbee ’13 at Michigan State and is the second Walsh Jesuit player this year headed to the Big 10 Conference. Regan is also the third member of the 2016 Warrior baseball team to advance to the collegiate level. 

Regan helped lead the Warriors to their fourth straight North Coast League Championship, a District championship win, and a 26-4 record last year.  The Warriors have earned the number two ranking in the State this year by Prep Baseball and their ninth National ranking in school history. 

"Brendan enters his second year as a starter and we are truly fortunate to have him in our middle infield for the next two years," said Chris Kaczmar.  "He is an extremely talented player who combines slick fielding, a strong arm, and a smooth, powerful swing.  He took an extraordinary jump this past year and his dedication is paying great dividends in many ways, and he is so passionate about being a student of the game. Above all, Brendan is truly a fine young man. Much like his older brother, he is a fine teammate, an extremely hard worker, and I admire him equally as much for how much he values opportunities for ministry outside the lines as I do for his gifts in baseball. As talented as he is, Brendan is very humble and is always looking for opportunities to give back. We are thrilled he will be joining Coach Boss at MSU."

Regan, who plans to major in Pre-Dentistry at Michigan State is the son of Tim and Tracey Regan of Sagamore Hills, Ohio.


Walsh Jesuit’s Bryce Marshall Commits to Earlham College 

MARSHALL BRYCE 12Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, October 21, 2015— Walsh Jesuit senior, Bryce Marshall has made a commitment to continue his academic and athletic career as a Quaker at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. Marshall will play for the school’s NCAA Division III baseball program, and becomes the second member of the 2016 WJ baseball team to advance to the collegiate level. 

Marshall helped lead the Warriors to their fourth straight North Coast League Championship, a District championship win, and a 26-4 record last year. The Warriors have earned the number two ranking in the State this year by Prep Baseball and their ninth National ranking in school history. Marshall also was awarded “Baserunner of the Year” last year by the team while also compiling a batting average of .286. 

“Earlham is such a tremendous opportunity for an equally tremendous young man,” said Chris Kaczmar, Walsh Jesuit’s head baseball coach. “Bryce is just an electric athlete and will go down as one of the quickest players that I have ever had the good fortune to coach. While he is an extremely hard worker and is very dedicated on the field in many ways, I’m confident that it’s outside the lines where Walsh Jesuit baseball will miss him the most. He is mature, humble and thoughtful. He is extremely intelligent; he understands how the game is supposed to be played, and he conducts himself with such a high level of composure and professionalism. It’s been an honor and a joy getting to know him as I have, and I am genuinely looking forward to his leadership in 2016.” 

Marshall carries a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society at Walsh Jesuit. He is also a member of the WJ Leadership committee, Walsh Jesuit’s Justice League, Ping Pong Club and a Kairos leader. In addition to participating in Walsh Jesuit’s Labre program, where students from Walsh Jesuit feed the homeless in Akron, Marshall volunteers at Heather Knolls Retirement Home and is a Catholic Youth Organization mentor at Holy Family Parish in Stow. 

Marshall, who plans to major in Business and Non-Profit Management at Earlham College is the son of Paul and Michele Marshall of Hudson, Ohio.  

Schedule

**ALL SPRING SPORTS SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE BECAUSE OF WEATHER/FIELD CONDITIONS


*North Coast League

Roster

2016 Walsh Jesuit Varsity Baseball Roster

Name Number Year
Anzelc, Kasen #9 2017
Bennett, Joshua #5 2017
Burke, Jace #7 2017
Canzone, Dominic #24 2016
Feltner, Riley #29 2019
Funtash, Andrew #28 2018
Jarvis, Kevin #12 2018
Kahook, Yassir #27 2019
Kindall, Easton #19 2018
Knipfer, Andrew #4 2016
Kukla, Andrew #23 2016
Kukla, Kevin #6 2017
Lent, CJ #15 2017
Lobeck, Matt #16 2018
Marks, Collin #14 2016
Marshall, Bryce #1 2016
Mendenhall, Dan #2 2016
O’Connor, Chad #22 2018
Oppedisano, Vinny #21 2016
Quinn, Nolan #3 2018
Regan, Brendan #25 2017
Reich, Nate #20 2016
Shinaberry, Mac #10 2016
Shorter, Christopher #8 2016
Stahl, Nathan #13 2019
Vaccaro, Nick #17 2019
Weitman, Alex #18 2017
Wilkinson, Drew #11 2018

Walsh Jesuit Baseball Coaching & Athletic Administration Staff:

Head Coach
Chris Kaczmar '88
Team Chaplain
Fr. Emmett Holmes, SJ
Athletic Director
Barb Salata
Assistant Coaches
Steve Grescovich '74
John Ventura '94
John Turk
Trey Bennett '06
Head Trainer
Mark Herbele

Athletic Dept. Staff
Mary Ann Dawson
Scorekeeper
Stan Kaczmar, Chad Kaczmar

Bat boys
Henry Kaczmar
Stanley Kaczmar

 

 

 


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