Men's Varsity Baseball

 

Walsh Jesuit Baseball Accomplishments

 North Coast League Champions

2014,2013, 2012

Division II State Champions:

2008, 2006, 2004, 1999

Division II State Runner-Up:

 2010, 2009 

State Final Four:

1989

State Poll Champions: 

2007  

State Poll Runner-Up:

2010, 2009, 2006

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

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

 

Season Highlights

NORTH COAST LEAGUE CHAMPIONS!!

Romans, Regan, Canzone go deep as Warriors win outright NCL Title

Ray, Downey, Canzone sharp on mound

May 17, 2014, CUYAHOGA FALLS: After being North Coast League Co-Champions for their first 2 years in the league, the Walsh Jesuit Baseball claimed its first outright NCL Championship on Saturday with a resounding 14-4 victory over visiting Notre Dame Cathedral Latin. Powered by a 13 run first inning, including a 3 run home run by Ohio State recruit Nate Romans and grand slam by Junior C Connor Regan, the Warriors cruised to the win. Sophomore Dominic Canzone closed out the game with a solo shot that would determine the final margin as the game was shortened by the run rule to five innings. Romans and Canzone also had singles in the game for multi-hit days, while Junior Riley Minorik also was a perfect 2-2 on the day with a deep 2-run double and single. Senior Ohio Wesleyan recruit threw 2 perfect innings to improve to 5-0 on the year, while Junior RHP Shane Downey and Canzone also pitched shutout innings. Also hitting well were Juniors Dominic Mittiga, Nick DeLeone, and Azim Qadri, Sophomores Dan Mendenhall and Zack Pipoly, and Senior Ashland recruit Kyle Holdsworth.

With the NCL Championship, the Warriors improve to 25-0 on the year, 9-0 in the NCL.


Shoaff, Feltner & Ruane lead Warriors to Sectional Title with shutout

Romans, Qadri, Canzone, Mittiga & Holdsworth collect multiple hits as WJ advances

May 16, 2014, CUYAHOGA FALLS: Three Warrior pitchers combined for a 9-0 victory over Medina Highland in the Sectional Championship as Junior University of Missouri recruit Ty Shoaff, Junior Ohio State recruit Ryan Feltner, and Senior Joel Ruane combined on a three hitter. The lefty Ruane pitched 2 perfect innings to close out the game, striking out 2, while Shoaff fanned 7 in his 4 innings. Leading the charge offensively was Sophomore Dominic Canzone with a 3 hit day, including a deep double, 2 RBI, and 2 runs, while Juniors Azim Qadri and Dominic Mittiga, and Seniors Kyle Holdsworth (Ashland) and Nate Romans (OSU) also both had a pair of hits. Also hitting well for the Maroon & Gold was Junior Nick DeLeone, Sophomore Zack Pipoly, and Senior Ohio Wesleyan recruit Trevor Ray with a deep 2-run double.

With the win, the Warriors improve to 24-0 on the year.


 

Feltner keys Warrior win at plate and on mound

Romans and Regan collect multi-hit games while Ruane and Benner also pitch well

May 10 2014, UNIVERSITY OF AKRON: The Walsh Jesuit Baseball team was back in action on Saturday at the University of Akron as Junior Ohio State recruit Ryan Feltner was the catalyst on both sides of the ball in a 4-1 win over rival Akron St. Vincent St. Mary. Feltner was very sharp, improving to 6-0 on the mound for the year and also crushing a deep 2 run home run well over the left center field wall and striking out 6 in his five innings of work. Senior LHP Joel Ruane threw 1-1/3 of perfect baseball, striking out 2, while Senior RHP and University of Tiffin recruit Tim Benner earned his 3rd save of the year. Fellow Ohio State recruit Nate Romans ripped a pair of doubles in the game, and Junior C Connor Regan also had a pair of hits. Also hitting well in the game were Juniors Azim Qadri & Nick DeLeone, and sophomore Dominic Canzone.

With the win, the Warriors improve to 23-0 on the year.


 

Ray and Benner combine for SENIOR DAY shutout win

Romans triple, Jenkins single the difference

May 8 2014, CUYAHOGA FALLS: The Walsh Jesuit Baseball team was back in North Coast League action in the fourth of 5 straight NCL games in 5 days this week, as Senior LHP and Ohio Wesleyan recruit Trevor Ray, and fellow Senior and Tiffin recruit Tim Benner combined on a 1-0 shutout victory over Benedictine on the Annual Walsh Jesuit Baseball SENIOR DAY. Dedicated to the 6 members of the Warriors’ Class of 2014 consisting of Benner, Gino Sassano, Joel Ruane, and Tri Captains Ray, Ashland recruit Kyle Holdsworth, and Ohio State recruit Nate Romans, the Warriors enjoyed a memorable pre-game and post-game well-deserved, and sunshine filled, celebration in their honor. Ray allowed only 2 hits in 5-2/3 innings pitched, striking out 6, while Benner struck out 3 in his 1-1/3 innings. Providing the key offense for the Warriors was Senior Nate Romans who ripped a deep triple, brought home by an RBI single by Junior Blake Jenkins. Also hitting well for the Maroon & Gold were Juniors Azim Qadri, Connor Regan, Dominic Mittiga, Riley Minorik, and Nick DeLeone, and Senior Gino Sassano, while Romans also had a single in the game.

With the NCL win, the Warriors improve to 22-0 on the year, 8-0 in NCL play.


 

Ruane flirts with no-hitter in win

Senior lefty sharp again; Qadri, Romans, Jenkins & Canzone propel offense

May 7, 2014, CLEVELAND, Case Western Reserve University: The Walsh Jesuit Baseball team was back in North Coast League action in the third of 5 straight NCL games in 5 days this week, as Senior LHP Joel Ruane flirted with a no-hitter into the 5th inning, and ending up allowing a single hit in his 5-2/3 innings of outstanding work in a 7-0 victory over Benedictine at Case Western Reserve University. The undecided senior southpaw improved to 2-0 on the year with his second consecutive remarkable outing. Junior Blake Jenkins was 2-3 with a deep double, 2 runs, and 4 RBI, while Sophomore Dominic Canzone was also 2-3 with a double and 2 RBI. Senior Ohio State recruit Nate Romans kept pace himself, also going 2-3 with a deep triple and 2 runs, while Junior Azim Qadri had a double of his own and 2 runs scored. Also hitting well for the Maroon & Gold were Juniors Dominic Mittiga, Nick DeLeone, Ryan Feltner, and Connor Regan, and Sophomores Dan Mendenhall and Collin Marks, and Freshman Cade Pipoly.

With the NCL win, the Warriors improve to 21-0 on the year, 7-0 in NCL play.


 

Shoaff and Qadri lead Warriors to 20th win

Romans contributes multi-hit game as Walsh Jesuit baseball reaches milestone for 17th time in 18 years

May 6, 2014, CUYAHOGA FALLS: The Walsh Jesuit Baseball team was back in North Coast League action in the second of 5 straight NCL games in 5 days this week, as Junior University of Missouri recruit Ty Shoaff hurled 6 shutout innings with 10 strikeouts in a 5-0 victory over Mentor Lake Catholic. Shoaff only allowed 2 hits and improved to 6-0 on the year as the Warriors reached the 20-win plateau for the 17th time in the past 18 years (2002 team was 19-6). Leading the way offensively was fellow Junior Azim Qadri, who had 3 hits in the game including 2 doubles and a key RBI, while Senior Ohio State recruit Nate Romans had a pair of hits including and RBI double. Junior Connor Regan entered the game in the 7th and pitched a perfect inning, striking out one, while Sophomore Dominic Canzone and Senior Ashland recruit Kyle Holdsworth had RBI singles in the game. Also hitting well was Junior Dominic Mittiga.

With the NCL win, the Warriors improve to 20-0 on the year, 6-0 in NCL play.


 

Jenkins’ blasts lead to big win

Feltner, Mittiga, Canzone, Romans also contribute to NCL victory

May 5, 2014, MENTOR: The Walsh Jesuit Baseball team was back in North Coast League action in the first of 5 straight NCL games in 5 days this week, as Junior Blake Jenkins crushed 2 deep home runs (his 5th and 6th of the year) in a 10-1 victory over Mentor Lake Catholic. Jenkins also collected a single in the game that was won by Junior Ohio State recruit RHP Ryan Feltner who threw 5 solid innings, striking out 9, allowing only 2 hits. Feltner was followed by 2 perfect relief innings, one by Junior Riley Minorik, and the other by Junior Dominic Mittiga. Mittiga also was outstanding at the plate, with 3 hits of his own including a deep double. Senior Ohio State recruit and Sophomore Dominic Mittiga had a pair of hits in the game, each with a double, while Junior Azim Qadri, Junior Connor Regan, Junior Nick DeLeone, and Sophomores Chris Shorter and Dan Mendenhall also hit well.

With the NCL win, the Warriors improve to 19-0 on the year, 5-0 in NCL play.


 

GAME 1

Canzone, Benner, Jenkins & Regan lead Warriors to nail-biting win

Qadri base hit leads to Warriors first run

May 3, 2014, Strongsville: The Walsh Jesuit baseball team won a 2-0 nail-biter over Mayfield in Game 1 of a double header at Strongsville behind the shutout pitching of sophomore Dominic Canzone and the sparkling relief of Senior Tim Benner. Leading the way offensively with a pair of hits apiece were Juniors Blake Jenkins and Connor Regan, while Azim Qadri again had the base hit to get the Warriors rolling that would go on to score the winning run. Also hitting well was Canzone, Junior Dominic Mittiga, and Junior Riley Minorik.

 

GAME 2

Amazing outing by Senior lefty Ruane leads to Warrior sweep

Regan and Jenkins with 3 hits apiece

 

May 3, 2014, Strongsville: The Walsh Jesuit Baseball team completed the two game sweep at Strongsville as Senior LHP Joel Ruane (undecided) threw unquestionably one of the best games of the year for the Maroon & Gold in a one-hit, 10-0 shutout of Strongsville in a game shortened by the run rule. Ruane faced one over the minimum, striking out 4 in his 4 innings of work. Junior Connor Regan game on to throw a perfect 5th, striking out one. Regan also had 3 hits on the day, as did fellow Junior Blake Jenkins. Also with multi-hit games was Junior Azim Qadri, Sophomore Dan Mendenhall, and Senior Ohio State recruit Nate Romans. Also hitting well for WJ was Sophomore Dominic Canzone, Junior Dominic Mittiga. 

With the wins, the Warriors improve to 18-0 on the year.



 

Warrior sweep Saturday double-header

Ruane, Jenkins, Regan, Benner, Canzone have outstanding days

GAME 1

Canzone, Benner, Jenkins & Regan lead Warriors to nail-biting win

Qadri base hit leads to Warriors first run

May 3, 2014, Strongsville: The Walsh Jesuit baseball team won a 2-0 nail-biter over Mayfield in Game 1 of a double header at Strongsville behind the shutout pitching of sophomore Dominic Canzone and the sparkling relief of Senior Tim Benner. Leading the way offensively with a pair of hits apiece were Juniors Blake Jenkins and Connor Regan, while Azim Qadri again had the base hit to get the Warriors rolling that would go on to score the winning run. Also hitting well was Canzone, Junior Dominic Mittiga, and Junior Riley Minorik.

GAME 2

Amazing outing by Senior lefty Ruane leads to Warrior sweep

Regan and Jenkins with 3 hits apiece


May 3, 2014, Strongsville: The Walsh Jesuit Baseball team completed the two game sweep at Strongsville as Senior LHP Joel Ruane (undecided) threw unquestionably one of the best games of the year for the Maroon & Gold in a one-hit, 10-0 shutout of Strongsville in a game shortened by the run rule. Ruane faced one over the minimum, striking out 4 in his 4 innings of work. Junior Connor Regan game on to throw a perfect 5th, striking out one. Regan also had 3 hits on the day, as did fellow Junior Blake Jenkins. Also with multi-hit games was Junior Azim Qadri, Sophomore Dan Mendenhall, and Senior Ohio State recruit Nate Romans. Also hitting well for WJ was Sophomore Dominic Canzone, Junior Dominic Mittiga.

With the wins, the Warriors improve to 18-0 on the year.

 

Juniors Shoaff, Qadri, Mittiga, Jenkins, Regan lead Warriors to victory in first Chad Crawford Memorial Classic

Senior captain Holdsworth sets up remarkable evening honoring Chad Crawford

May 2, 2014, AKRON: With Senior Ashland recruit Kyle Holdsworth and his family conducting months of preparation setting the stage for the event, the Walsh Jesuit Baseball team was victorious in the first annual Chad Crawford Memorial Classic on Friday at Canal Park with a 9-3 win over North Canton Hoover. Named after the dear friend and Walsh Jesuit family member Chad Crawford who passed away in the fall of 2013 after a long battle with cancer, Holdsworth endeavored to create a fundraiser out of the event for the Chad Crawford Benefit Fund. With gracious help and support from the Akron Rubberducks, the Cleveland Indians AA affiliate, Holdsworth and the entire Walsh Jesuit Baseball community were able to raise a remarkable $3,500 for the Crawford family, and a ceremonial check was presented to the family before the game.

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Behind outstanding pitching by Junior University of Missouri recruit Ty Shoaff, and hitting performances by fellow Juniors Dominic Mittiga, Blake Jenkins, Connor Regan, and Azim Qadri as well as Sophomore Dominic Canzone the Warriors came away with the win. Qardi had three singles, and both Jenkins and Mittiga had a pair of hits apiece. Mittiga in particular was outstanding, knocking in 4 RBI in the game. Shoaff hurled 4-1/3 shutout innings to improve to 5-0 on the year, while Junior Nick DeLeone and Sophomore Zack Pipoly also hit well in the game.

With the CCMC win, the Warriors improve to 16-0 on the year.


Warrior sweep rare Thursday double-header

Buckeyes recruit Romans has remarkable day

 

GAME 1: OSU recruits Romans and Feltner again lead WJ to win

Ruane sharp on mound

May 1, 2014, CUYAHOGA FALLS: Ohio State recruits Ryan Feltner and Nate Romans again combined to lead the Walsh Jesuit baseball team to victory in the opening game of a rare Thursday double header in a 10-0 win over NCL foe Padua. The double header was enabled by both teams being off of school the next day. Feltner improved to 4-0 on the mound and also collected an RBI single, while fellow Buckeye recruit Nate Romans had a remarkable day at the plate, going 3-3 including a deep home run over the right field scoreboard, 3 runs, and 6 RBI. Senior LHP Joel Ruane was sharp on the mound in two shutout innings of relief. Also hitting well in the game were Juniors Azim Qadri, Blake Jenkins with an RBI double, Dominic Mittiga, and Riley Minorik, Sophomore Dominic Canzone, and Freshman Cade Pipoly.

GAME 2: Ray hurls complete game shutout

Romans completes perfect day; Jenkins and Minorik go deep in win

May 1, 2014, CUYAHOGA FALLS: The Walsh Jesuit Baseball team completed the two game sweep of NCL foe Padua on Thursday as Senior LHP and Ohio Wesleyan recruit Trevor Ray earned the complete-game win on the mound in a 7-0 victory to improve to 3-0 on the year. Ray only allowed 3 hits, and struck out 7. Senior OSU recruit Nate Romans put the finishing touches on a remarkable day, again going 3-3 at the plate, for a single day total of 6-6 with 5 runs scored, a home run, double, and 8 RBI. Also providing key offense for WJ were members of the talented Junior class Blake Jenkins and Riley Minorik both with deep home runs, Connor Regan with two hits, Dominic Mittiga, and Ryan Feltner. Sophomore Dominic Canzone also had an RBI single in the game.

With the wins, the Warriors improve to 15-0 on the year, 4-0 in NCL play.


MULTIPLE HEROES PROPEL WARRIORS TO OHIO JESUIT TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP!!

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Remarkable Benner relief and bottom of 8th Qadri leadoff / Ray walk-off hits key in thriller

Shoaff, Mittiga, Romans, Minorik, Jenkins, Feltner, Holdsworth and entire Walsh Jesuit Baseball cast fuel total-team comeback win

April 27, 2014, CUYAHOGA FALLS: The Walsh Jesuit Baseball won one of the most thrilling regular season games in school history on Sunday, winning the 2014 version of the annual Ohio Jesuit Tournament in an extra inning, come-from-behind 6-5 win over a talented and game Toledo St. Johns Jesuit club. Led by Senior Tiffin recruit Tim Benner’s remarkable 4-2/3 innings of shutout relief after several lead changes and solid pitching by University of Missouri recruit Ty Shoaff, the Warriors mounted a comeback from a 5-3 deficit in the 5th and 6th behind key RBI singles by Juniors Dominic Mittiga and Blake Jenkins to tie the game and send it into extra frames. After some sparkling defense by Senior Ashland recruit Kyle Holdsworth and the middle infield tandem of Riley Minorik and Senior Ohio State recruit Nate Romans, Junior Azim Qadri led off the bottom of the 8th inning with a clutch line drive single, and advanced to third on a single by fellow Junior Jenkins. Sophomore Dominic Canzone was intentionally walked to load the bases, and following a tremendous line-out in an at bat by Junior Ryan Feltner, Senior Trevor Ray delivered a solid two-out, two-strike walk-off single up the middle to set off a wild celebration by the host Warriors. Mittiga, Romans, and Jenkins all had had multi-hit games, while Juniors Connor Regan and Minorik, and the Sophomore Canzone had hits in the game.

The Maroon & Gold dedicated the OJT victory to long-time Team Chaplain Father Emmett Holmes who is resting in hospice care.

With the OJT Title, the nationally ranked Warriors improve to 13-0 on the year.


Mittiga, Jenkins, Canzone and go deep in annual Ohio Jesuit Tournament Semi-Final victory

Feltner sharp on mound in win

April 27, 2014, CUYAHOGA FALLS: The Walsh Jesuit Baseball team is hosting the annual Ohio Jesuit Tournament tradition this weekend, and the host came away with a 12-2 victory behind long balls by Juniors Dominic Mittiga and Blake Jenkins, and Sophomore Dominic Canzone. Mittiga’s was a key 3-run blast to put WJ ahead for good, while he and Canzone also had multi-hit days at the plate. Junior Ryan Feltner was sharp on the mound in improving to 3-0 on the year in his four innings of work, while Senior LHP Trevor Ray pitched the shutout 5th in a game shortened by the run rule. Ripping doubles for WJ was Junior Nick DeLeone, Senior Ashland recruit Kyle Holdsworth, and Sophomore Chris Shorter. Junior Connor Regan and Senior Nate Romans also had multi-hit games, while Junior Nick Rutherford had a line drive single and RBI.

With the OJT semi-final win, the Warriors improve to 12-0 on the year and move on to face Toledo St. Johns Jesuit who defeated St. Ignatius in the other semi-final.


Warriors return to National Rankings

MaxPreps names Walsh Jesuit Baseball #11 team nationally, 8th team in school history to become nationally ranked

April 25, 2014, CUYAHOGA FALLS: After a three-year hiatus, the Walsh Jesuit Baseball team returned to national rankings, as the well-respected web site MaxPreps named the Warriors its #11 team in the nation this week in its Xcellent25 national poll.

http://www.maxpreps.com/polls/baseball/xcellent25.htm

Walsh Jesuit Baseball also checks in at #26 nationally by USAToday: http://www.usatodayhss.com/super25/rankings/2013/boys/varsity/baseball/

The ranking marks the eighth time in Walsh Jesuit Baseball history that the school has been nationally ranked, and the first since the 2011 season. Walsh Jesuit Baseball was notably ranked #1 in the nation in 2010 by several major publications between April and May.

With six players currently committed to the collegiate baseball level and multiple others being actively recruited at the Division I level, the Warriors currently stand at 11-0 on the year.


 

Jenkins and Mittiga go deep in victory

Regan, Minorik, Canzone & Feltner double; Benner, Downey, Ruane sharp on mound

April 23, 2014, CUYAHOGA FALLS: Junior Blake Jenkins belted his second grand slam of the year, and fellow Junior Dominic Mittiga also homered as the Walsh Jesuit baseball team powered its way to a 14-4 victory over visiting Gilmour in a game shortened by the run rule. Sophomore Dominic Canzone, and Juniors Connor Regan, Riley Minorik, and Ryan Feltner all doubled in the game, while Junior Shane Downey and Seniors Joel Ruane and Tiffin recruit Tim Benner pitched well. Also hitting well on the day was Junior Nick DeLeone, Seniors Nate Romans and Kyle Holdsworth, and Sophomores Chris Shorter, Dan Mendenhall, and Collin Marks.

With the win, the Warriors improve to 11-0 on the year.


Pair of future Buckeyes pace Warrior win

OSU recruits Romans and Feltner go deep; Sophomore Canzone improves to 3-0 on mound

April 22, 2014, CUYAHOGA FALLS: The Walsh Jesuit baseball team got a boost from two future Ohio State Buckeyes as Senior Nate Romans and Junior Ryan Feltner both belted home runs in an 11-1 victory over visiting Western Reserve Academy in a game shortened by the run rule. Sophomore Dominic Canzone improved to 3-0 on the mound, and collected a pair of hits, while Junior Connor Regan had a key hit and two shutout innings in relief. Also hitting well on the day were Juniors Nick DeLeone, Blake Jenkins, Sophomores Chris Shorter, Dan Mendenhall, and Collin Marks, and Seniors Kyle Holdsworth and Trevor Ray.

With the win, the Warriors improve to 10-0 on the year.


Warrior sweep Saturday double-header

WJ pair of aces Feltner and Shoaff earn wins

 

GAME 1: Canzone and Feltner lead WJ to win

Regan and Holdsworth also have multi-hit games in win

April 19, 2014, MASSILLON: Ohio State recruit Ryan Feltner helped himself both on the mound and at the plate in Game 1 of a double header against Massillon Perry, as the RHP collected a pair of hits and earned the win on the mound, striking out six in his five innings of work in an 8-1 Warrior win. Warrior closer Tim Benner, a Tiffin recruit finally had his perfect string of appearances broken up, as one of the seven batters he faced did reach base. Benner struck out four in his two shutout innings of work. Talented Sophomore Dominic Canzone was the prime catalyst offensively, going 3-4 with a double, RBI, and two runs scored. Ashland recruit Kyle Holdsworth and Junior C Connor Regan also had a pair of hits in the game, with Regan also contributing a double and three RBI. Ohio State recruit Nate Romans, Juniors Blake Jenkins and Azim Qadri, and Sophomore Dan Mendenhall also hit well in the game.

GAME 2: Regan, Shorter, and Shoaff pace Warriors to win

DeLeone contributes multi-hit game in sweep; Pipoly brothers shine

April 19, 2014, MASSILLON: The Walsh Jesuit Baseball team completed the two game sweep of Massillon Perry as Junior LHP and University of Missouri recruit Ty Shoaff earned the win on the mound in a 11-4 victory to improve to 4-0 on the year, striking out ten. Providing the offense for WJ were Juniors Connor Regan and Nick DeLeone, and Sophomore Chris Shorter all with two hits apiece, including RBI doubles by Shorter and DeLeone. The Pipoly brothers were perfect on the day, including an RBI double by Freshman Cade Pipoly, while his Sophomore brother Zack singled and scored on his brother’s double. Also hitting well for the Maroon & Gold was Senior OSU recruit Nate Romans, Juniors Blake Jenkins and Ryan Feltner, and Sophomore Collin Marks.

With the wins, the Warriors improve to 9-0 on the year.


Warriors return to top of Ohio rankings

PBR names Walsh Jesuit Baseball #1 Division I team in Ohio for the first time in school history

April 14, 2014, CUYAHOGA FALLS: After a three-year hiatus, the Walsh Jesuit Baseball team returned to the top of the Ohio rankings, this time in Division I as the well-respected web site Prep Baseball Report/JJHuddle today named the Warriors its #1 team.

http://www.prepbaseballreport.com/ohio/teamrankings/division1/week2

The top ranking marks the first time in Walsh Jesuit Baseball history that the school has been ranked #1 at the Division I level. The last time WJ Baseball was ranked #1 was in 2010 when the Warriors topped the charts in Ohio at the Division II level, and enjoyed the #1 overall ranking nationally by several major publications between April and May.

With five players currently committed to the collegiate baseball level and multiple others being actively recruited at the Division I level, the Warriors currently stand at 7-0 on the year. 


Warrior depth on display in double-header sweep

Six pitchers combine for two shutouts



GAME 1: Youth served as Sophomore Canzone and Freshman Burke shine on mound

Ohio State recruits Romans and Feltner contribute multi-hit games in win

April 12, 2014, CUYAHOGA FALLS: Youth was served in Game 1 of a double header against Akron Firestone as talented Sophomore RHP Dominic Canzone improved to 2-0 on the year, allowing one hit over five innings of work, striking out seven. Freshman RHP Jace Burke came on to strike out the side in the 6th as the Warriors cruised to a 10-0 victory in a game shortened by the run rule. Leading the way offensively was a pair of future Ohio State Buckeye teammates, as Senior Nate Romans and Junior Ryan Feltner combined for four hits and three RBI. Also hitting well for the Maroon & Gold were Juniors Azim Qadri and Connor Regan, Sophomores Canzone and Chris Shorter, and Freshmen Burke and Cade Pipoly.



GAME 2: Ray, Downey, Ruane, Benner combine for two hit shutout

DeLeone, Pipoly, Minorik and Canzone contribute multi-hit games in win

April 12, 2014, CUYAHOGA FALLS: The Walsh Jesuit Baseball team completed the two game sweep of Akron Firestone as Senior LHP Trevor Ray earned his first win of the year on the mound in a 10-0, five inning victory. Junior RHP Shane Downey, Senior LHP Joel Ruane, and Senior Tiffin recruit Tim Benner faced the minimum in their three innings of relief respectively to secure the shutout, with Benner continuing his early-year dominance striking out the side. The Warriors were led offensively by Junior Nick DeLeone’s three hit, two-run day, while talented middle INF Junior Riley Minorik and Freshman SS Cade Pipoly also had a pair of hits apiece. Sophomore Dominic Canzone also had a multi-hit game and was perfect at the plate with a double, triple, walk and four RBI, while Senior OSU recruit Nate Romans, Freshman Jace Burke, Junior Blake Jenkins, and Sophomores Chris Shorter and Zack Pipoly also had hits in the game, including a double by Pipoly.

 With the wins, the Warriors improve to 7-0 on the year.


 

Perfect days at plate by Romans, Minorik, Canzone, Jenkins & Regan lead to sweep of rival Hoban

Shoaff, Downey, Regan sharp on mound

April 10, 2014, CUYAHOGA FALLS: The Walsh Jesuit baseball team collected 15 hits in five innings of work in a 13-1 victory over rival Archbishop Hoban in a game shortened by the run rule. Senior Ohio State recruit Nate Romans was a home run away from the cycle, posting a perfect 3-3 day at the plate with three RBI. Junior Riley Minorik was 2-2 including his first HR of the year, while fellow Juniors Blake Jenkins and Connor Regan, and Sophomore Dominic Canzone also were perfect at the plate on the day, with Jenkins and Canzone collecting having multi-hit games and Regan a deep double, two walks, and an RBI. Also hitting well for the Warriors was Senior Ashland recruit Kyle Holdsworth with an RBI double, Junior Azim Qadri, and doubles by Sophomores Dan Mendenhall and Collin Marks. University of Missouri recruit Ty Shoaff improved to 3-0 on the year, allowing one hit over three innings striking out five, while Junior Regan and Junior Shane Downey hurled shutout relief.

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


 

Warriors defeat rival Hoban behind solid pitching from Feltner, Ray, Benner

Holdsworth, Jenkins, Canzone, Minorik, Ray provide key RBI


April 9, 2014, CUYAHOGA FALLS: The Walsh Jesuit baseball team pitching staff keyed a team-effort 7-1 victory over visiting Archbishop Hoban in the North Coast League opener for both schools, as Junior Ohio State recruit Ryan Feltner earned his first win of the year. Senior LHP Trevor Ray threw a shutout inning, and Senior Tiffin recruit Tim Benner continued to shine dominating four consecutive batters. The offense was widespread, as Senior Ashland recruit Kyle Holdsworth, Junior Riley Minorik, Junior Blake Jenkins, Sophomore Dominic Canzone, and Ray provided key RBI in the contest.  Also hitting well was Sophomore Zack Pipoly, Junior Nick DeLeone, and Sophomore Dan Mendenhall.

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


Canzone, Jenkins, Mittiga lead Walsh Jesuit Baseball to victory

Benner and Ruane perfect on mound; Warriors collect seven doubles

April 5, 2014, CUYAHOGA FALLS: Led by Junior Blake Jenkins’ three doubles, it was Double Trouble on Saturday as the Walsh Jesuit Baseball team collected seven doubles en route to a 10-2 win over a well-coached visiting Nordonia team. Sophomore Dominic Canzone earned his first Varsity win on the mound, pitching three scoreless innings and also hitting an RBI double. Junior 3B Dominic Mittiga was a perfect two for two on the day with two runs and an RBI, while Junior Ohio State recruit Ryan Feltner, Junior Connor Regan, and Sophomore Dan Mendenhall hit doubles in the game. Also hitting well for the Maroon and Gold were Seniors Kyle Holdsworth, Nate Romans, and Gino Sassano, Juniors Riley Minorik and Nick Deleone, Sophomores Zack Pipoly and Collin Marks, and Freshman Cade Pipoly as WJ totaled 16 hits on the day. Pitching well in relief was Senior LHP Joel Ruane with a perfect inning, Junior Shane Downey, Feltner, and Tiffin recruit Tim Benner who for the 2nd consecutive game struck out the only 3 batters he faced.

In a ceremony preceding the 4th inning, the Walsh Jesuit faithful honored the late Scott Monzel, State Champion, Walsh Jesuit Baseball Class of 2004, as both his father Steve and teammate/classmate Drew Hoisington, the Nordonia Head Baseball Coach, took part in the special moment led by long-time Walsh Jesuit public address announcer Randy Snyder.

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


 

Jenkins and Canzone power Warriors to big win in home opener

Minorik, Romans, and Benner perfect on the day

April 1, 2014, CUYAHOGA FALLS: On a sunny day for the Walsh Jesuit Baseball team’s Home Opener, Junior Blake Jenkins hit a grand slam home run in the 2nd inning, and talented Sophomore Dominic Canzone hit a 3 run HR and had 4 RBI as the Warriors cruised to a 13-3 victory over Stow in a game shortened by the run rule. Senior Ohio State recruit Nate Romans was 3-3 with 2R and an RBI, while Junior Riley Minorik was 2-2 with a single, double, and 2 runs. Also hitting well for the Maroon & Gold were Juniors Azim Qadri, Ohio State recruit Ryan Feltner, and Dominic Mittiga, Senior Ashland recruit Kyle Holdsworth, and Sophomores Chris Shorter and Zack Pipoly. Senior Tiffin recruit Tim Benner hurled a perfect inning as the Warrior closer struck out the only three batters he faced, while fellow Senior Trevor Ray pitched well and University of Missouri recruit Ty Shoaff pitched well and earned his second victory of the year.

With the win, the Warriors improve to 2-0 on the young season.


 

Warriors win Opening Day Thriller behind outstanding pitching from Feltner and Shoaff

Minorik collects three hits as Juniors shine in battle of PBR state-ranked teams

March 31, 2014, MASSILLON: The 2014 edition of Walsh Jesuit Baseball was victorious in an outstanding game on Opening Day, edging Massillon Jackson by a score of 4-2 in eight innings. It was a thriller for two teams ranked in the top 10 of the PBR Ohio pre-season rankings, as Ohio State recruit Junior Ryan Feltner pitched very well and left in the 6th with no decision, while Junior University of Missouri recruit Ty Shoaff came on to earn the win, reach base in the 8th with a hit, and came around to score the eventual winning run. Junior Riley Minorik had three hits for the Warriors, while Senior Trevor Ray (undecided) also had a multi-hit day with two. Also hitting well for the Warriors were Juniors Blake Jenkins, Azim Qadri, Connor Regan, and Dominic Mittiga, Sophomore Dominic Canzone, and Seniors Nate Romans and Kyle Holdsworth.

The Warriors moved their Home Opener to Wednesday, April 2 versus Stow.

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9th edition of SFTC event pushes grand total over $200,000 raised for cancer research

June 18, 2014 — CUYAHOGA FALLS, OHIO: After finishing the 2014 season with the first Division I State Poll Championship in school history, a sparkling 26-1 record, and the North Coast League Championship, the Walsh Jesuit Baseball community finished the year in resounding fashion with the most successful “Showcase for the Cure” to date. Each year the invitation-only event draws top baseball campers, prospects, and scouts from throughout the region and, since 2006, has raised money for cancer research. The 2014 event was earmarked to benefit The Ohio State University James Medical Center and honor Chad Crawford and the entire Crawford family. Chad Crawford was a dear friend and family member of Walsh Jesuit Baseball who passed away last fall after a courageous battle with sarcoma, a very rare form of bone cancer.


This year’s showcase drew 125 top-level players from throughout the state and over 60 college and professional scouts – and overall attendance for the event was at an all-time high. After the beautiful opening blessing by Walsh Jesuit Baseball Team Chaplain Father Jack White, SJ, Greg Beals, Head Baseball Coach at The Ohio State University, kicked off the event at Noon with a poignant and inspirational address to the crowd, which included vendors, SFTC participants, family members, Walsh Jesuit Baseball alumni, and 150 grade school level boys who had just completed another successful baseball camp. Beals spoke eloquently about facing challenges in both baseball and life, encouraging the crowd to emphasize looking ahead positively to “the next pitch” and the “next challenge.”


Following Beals’ address, Chris Kaczmar, Walsh Jesuit’s head baseball coach and the force behind the fundraiser, thanked those in attendance for their enthusiastic response and introduced Showcase for the Cure Event Chair Gary Minorik and his wife Linda, Showcase for the Cure Director of Scouting Chris Valentine, who is a cancer survivor himself, as well as his wife Beth, and children Emma, Stanley, Henry, and Lucy. Kaczmar also introduced Shawn, Clay, Cara, and Donnis Crawford (Chad’s mother) and Elaine (Crawford) Futrell (Chad’s sister) who were on hand to celebrate the cause. Clay Crawford later in the day notably became the youngest participant in the history of the “Showcase for the Cure.” Kaczmar then spoke about how Chad Crawford was an inspiration to all who knew him, living as a “man for others”, being such a loving husband and father, and working hard to put a resounding exclamation point into every life he so lovingly touched.

The Walsh Jesuit baseball family, especially Kaczmar and event chairman Gary Minorik, worked for months to organize the showcase. Rather than charge baseball players to attend (similar events can cost more than $150 per player), Kaczmar asked each attendee to make a donation, all of which went directly to the charity. In addition, donations came from a corporate fair – which drew vendors selling everything from baseball gear to lemonade. Not surprisingly, the response was tremendous, and the showcase raised an astonishing $40,000, the highest total in the history of the event. Said SFTC Event Chair Gary Minorik, "Our incredible team of volunteers gave tirelessly of their time and talent, and were committed to making this year’s showcase one of the most successful to date. We are overwhelmed with gratitude to our past sponsors and we were thrilled to have many new patrons step forward this year." In attendance for the showcase was Dugan Smith a 16 year old cancer survivor whose story of determination made national news. In keeping with Walsh Jesuits motto "Men and Women for Others," the Walsh Jesuit 2014 baseball team presented Dugan with a special showcase bat commemorating the event.

A ceremonial check was presented to Dr. Tom Scharschmidt (and Martha Crist) representing The James, who graciously took time from his day to accept the gift and spoke briefly on advances that have been made in the fight against sarcoma. Dr. Scharschmidt spoke glowingly about his time with Chad Crawford, echoing Coach Beals’ and Coach Kaczmar’s comments about Chad’s spirit, his personal determination to take on the “next pitch and the next challenge” with such a positive attitude, and his great capacity to put an exclamation point on every day. “We are grateful to the Crawford family and especially Chad Crawford for selecting The James as the benefiting charity and the multitude of volunteers that worked tirelessly to create an inspiring event.”

One of the highlights of the ceremony was a remarkably powerful performance of the One Republic song “I Lived” by gifted musician and Walsh Jesuit Baseball alum Zack Leonatti. Leonatti choreographed the song with the annual Balloon Release, the symbolic reference to the fight against these dreaded diseases while paying tribute to past SFTC honorees. All baseball and event staff released maroon and gold colored balloons at specific moments in the song as the talented Leonatti sang and played multiple instruments solo, culminating in an enthusiastic ovation from the crowd. 


Kaczmar, a 1988 Walsh Jesuit graduate who has led the school’s baseball program to four state championships, two state runner-up finishes, two state poll championships, and the nation’s #1 overall national ranking from April through May 2010, established the showcase over a decade ago. Originally called “The Walsh Jesuit Baseball Junior Day,” Kaczmar reformatted the event in 2006 after a number of parents and relatives connected to the school’s baseball program were diagnosed with cancer. Known today as “Showcase for the Cure,” the event is dedicated to raising awareness about cancer and donating toward cancer research. It continues to attract the area’s top baseball players and college and professional scouts from organizations throughout the Midwest. 

Donations to the annual charity showcase have been remarkably impactful. In fact, in just nine years, Kaczmar has facilitated the donation of over $200,000 to six different charities dedicated to fighting cancer. 


 

Walsh Jesuit’s Trevor Ray Commits to Ohio Wesleyan University

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, May 1, 2014—Walsh Jesuit senior, Trevor Ray has made a commitment to continue his academic and athletic career as a Battling Bishop for Ohio Wesleyan University. Ray will play for the school’s NCAA Division III baseball program under head baseball coach Tyler Mott. Ray is the 4th member of the Class of 2014 and the 6th member of the nationally ranked Walsh Jesuit baseball team to advance to collegiate baseball.

trevor ray1As a Warrior, Ray is a three-year varsity member and current Captain of the Warrior baseball team. He has several accolades to his name including a Walsh Jesuit Golden Glove, Best Bunter Award, Rookie of the Year, Class Act Award and the Unsung Warrior Award.

At Walsh Jesuit, Ray currently maintains a 4.1 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. Ray also volunteers for the Berea American Legion Veterans and actively participates as a Sub-Deacon for his church.

“What a true joy it has been having Trevor Ray as a member of Walsh Jesuit Baseball for four years,” said Chris Kaczmar, Walsh Jesuit’s head baseball coach. “His kindness is contagious, he is tremendously loyal, and he is an extraordinary ambassador to our program and the game of baseball. He is trustworthy, dependable and talented. He is skilled in many areas on the baseball field and is very versatile, but above all I consider him a good friend whom I admire a great deal for being the person he wants to be. Trevor also has a tremendously supportive and kind family, and he’s also one of our Captains and someone I’m going to miss a great deal after 2014. Coach Mott is really getting someone special.”

Ray, who intends to major in Accounting at Ohio Wesleyan University, is the son of David and Tamara of Strongsville.

 


 

Schedule

2014 Season Directions (click to download Word doc)

Date/Time

Event/Opponent

Location

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2014 Roster

Varsity Baseball

Freshmen

1.              Burke, Jace                  SS                  RHP, 2B            RR

2.              Pipoly, Cade                  SS                  C, CF                  RR

3.              Regan, Brendan            2B                  SS                  RR

Sophomores

4.              Canzone, Dominic            RHP                  3B, 1B                  LR

5.              Marks, Collin            C                  2B, 3B                  RR

6.              Mendenhall, Dan            C                  3B, RHP            RR

7.              Pipoly, Zachary            RHP                  1B, LF                  RR

8.              Shinaberry, Mackenzie      C                  3B                  RR

9.              Shorter, Christopher            CF                  RHP                  RR

Juniors

10.            DeLeone, Nicholas            LF                  RF                  RR

11.            Downey, Shane            RHP                                    RR

12.            Feltner, Ryan            RHP                  1B, 3B                  RR

13.            Jenkins, Blake            CF                  LHP, 1B                  RL

14.            Minorik, Riley            SS                  3B, RHP            RR

15.            Mittiga, Dominic            3B                  1B, RHP            RR

16.            Qadri, Azim                  CF                  LF, 2B                  LR

17.            Regan, Connor            C                  RHP, 1B            RR

18.            Rutherford, Nicholas            CF                  3B                  RR

19.            Shoaff, Ty                  LHP                  1B                  LL

Seniors

20.            Benner, Timothy            RHP                                    RR

21.            Holdsworth, Kyle            2B                  3B, SS                  RR

22.            Ray, Trevor                  1B                  LHP, LF                  LL

23.            Romans, Nathanael            SS                  2B                  LR

24.            Ruane, Joel                  LHP                                    LL

25.            Sassano, Giovanni            RF                                    RR


 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