Friday, December 31, 2010

Winter Work-Out Schedule

All non-winter sport athletes preparing to play baseball in the spring are reminded that work-outs will begin on Monday January 3rd.   Please report to Coach Ryzner’s room at 3:15pm.  Check the calendar for our complete off-season schedule.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Holiday Camp a Success

Thirty-four fifth through eighth grade boys joined the Bengals coaching staff and players on Monday afternoon to learn the skills of pitching and catching.  The kids learned the proper mechanics of the positions and ended the day with various drills to improve their game.  Special thanks to Bengal alumnus Matt Thomas ‘09 and Ryan Kovar ‘10 for returning to school and providing instruction for the day.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Welcome Coach Malbasa

On behalf of the Bengal Baseball staff, players, parents, alumni and friends of the program we wish a successful welcome to new Head Football Coach Ben Malbasa.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Camp Announced

image The Benedictine Baseball Program will be hosting a skills camp for pitchers and catchers this holiday season. The camp will be held on Monday, December 27th from noon to 2pm. This is for boys in grades 5-8 who would like to hone their talents. We will be teaching the mechanics of pitching and catching as well as putting theory into practice. As a bonus, camp All-Stars will have the chance to win autographed items from the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns.
Cost of the camp is only $10. To register contact Coach Sliwinski or Mrs. Reilly. You may also register with Mrs. Reilly by phone at (216) 421-2080 x156.  Mrs. Reilly will not be available after the 17th, contact Coach Sliwinski at that time to register.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Strength and Conditioning Cancelled for 12-15

Due to weather there will be no training on Wednesday.  Enjoy the day off.

We will resume training after the Christmas break; refer to the calendar below for updates.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Conditioning Program begins Monday December 6th

Just a reminder to all student-athletes not currently playing a winter sport; the baseball off-season conditioning program begins Monday.  All participants need to report to room 318 at 3:15pm.  Please view the calendar for updates and our conditioning schedule.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

HNI_0007The Bengal Baseball Coaching Staff would like to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Player Meeting Scheduled – Off Season Conditioning Program to Begin

All students in grades 10-12 interested in playing baseball this spring must attend a mandatory meeting with the coaching staff on Monday November 22.  Please meet after school in room 318.  For those who need to schedule transportation the meeting will end at approximately 4:30pm.   Winter sport athletes who have a scheduled practice at that time need to see Coach Ryzner to pick up and complete paperwork. 

Freshman interested in playing baseball have the option to attend.  Information about the upcoming season and paperwork will be distributed in class by Coach Farrell.

Our off-season conditioning and weight program will begin on Monday December 6th.  All baseball players not currently participating in a winter sport should report to room 318 at 3:15pm.   Information regarding the off-season program regarding dates and times will be discussed at the meeting on November 22.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Bengals Volunteer at CWRU

This past Saturday CWRU hosted the UAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament.   Twelve members of the Bengal Baseball program volunteered their time Saturday helping to make sure the tournament was a success.  The CWRU athletic department was thankful and our guys showed why they are Men of Benedictine !

Thursday, September 30, 2010

2011 Coaching Staff and Schedule Complete

bengal I am pleased to announce that Coach Woody Smith has been promoted to the Varsity staff where he will continue his duties as the programs pitching coach.  He will also add to his duties catching instruction as well as first base coach on game days.  Coach Woody replaces Brian Nolan who retired this past spring after 40 years in education and coaching; his last 29 at Benedictine.

Bios for all the coaches have been updated and you may view them by clicking on their names over to the right.  At the bottom of the page you you will find the calendar with the completed schedules for all three levels.  By clicking on the date you will find information on our opponent, date, and location.  Check back frequently as we will update this with 2011 fundraising events as well as trivia contest questions where you can win Bengal Baseball prizes.

Nobby’s Classic Schedule Set

All six games for the 2nd Annual Nobby’s Classic have been scheduled.  This year will be a two-day event sponsored by the Case Western Reserve Baseball Team and all proceeds benefit the Spartan Baseball Program.  This event features six games with eleven high school teams; your Benedictine Bengals will make two appearances.  Further details will be posted as we get closer to the season.  Below is the game schedule.
April 30th, 2011
10:00am Mentor v. Solon
1:00pm Mayfield
v. Benedictine
4:00pm Avon Lake v. Bay Village
May 7th, 2011
10:00am Brecksville v. Brush
1:00pm Lake Catholic v. Benedictine
4:00pm University School v. Willoughby South

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Diamond Indoor Sports Offers Fall Baseball Opportunities

DiamondIndoorSportsLogoJPEG175 The Diamond Indoor Sports Organization will host the 11th annual Elite High School Player Showcase conducted by Colorado Rockies scout Ed Santa.  The showcase will take place on October 23rd.  They are also offering a speed and agility clinic as well as high school player development league.  Additional information can be found at or e-mail them at  If interested in any of these programs, please be sure to tell them you were recommended by Coach Sliwinski and the Benedictine High School Baseball Program.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Nobby’s Classic Makes it’s Return

The Nobby’s Classic sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Baseball team returns in 2011.  This year’s format will be spread over two weekends; Saturday April 30th and Saturday May 7th.  Each day six teams will be featured playing three games starting at 10:00a.m. 

The final schedule is not complete yet, however the Bengals matchups are set.  April 30th will see the Bengals playing Mayfield at 1p.m. and May 7th at 4p.m. we will have a rematch of last years district semi-final game versus the Cougars of Lake Catholic.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Coach Tomc Honored

get-attachment.aspx Varsity Assistant Coach Tim Tomc was recently honored by the Parma Recreation Department and the Parma Amateur Athletic Federation for his outstanding contributions to the youth softball program.  Coach Tomc is the Parma Recreation Youth Softball Coordinator.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

2011 Schedule Taking Shape

itin The countdown to the 2011 season has begun.  The Cuyahoga River Conference games have been finalized and the independent portion of the schedule is taking shape.  Double-headers with Orange, Cleveland Heights, Bedford, and North Ridgeville are a big part of the season.  We also have single games versus Elyria, Mayfield, Eastlake North, Firelands, and our home-opener versus Cleveland John Hay are apart of our schedule.  We even have a couple of scrimmages set.

Many of our players are currently participating in fall baseball leagues and preparing for our off-season weight and conditioning program.  Keep an eye on the calendar at the bottom of the page for updates on the upcoming season along with other team related events.

Friday, August 27, 2010

2011 Cuyahoga River Baseball Conference Schedule Released


This will be the final year for the Bengals to compete in the CRBC as we will be moving to the North Coast League in 2012.  The CRBC once again will be a very competitive league.  It will challenge us in league play and prepare us for tournament action.  All “home” games will be played at Nobby’s Ballpark on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.  The count down to our season has officially started!

April 4 Walsh Jesuit 4:30 Home Nobby’s Ballpark
April 6 SVSM 5:00 Home Nobby’s Ballpark
April 12 St. Ed’s 4:30 Home Nobby’s Ballpark
April 19 St. Ed’s 4:30 Away Northern Ohio Complex
April 25 SVSM 5:00 Away Patterson Park
April 27 St. Ignatius 4:30 Home Nobby’s Ballpark
May 2 Gilmour 4:30 Home Nobby’s Ballpark
May 3 Gilmour 4:30 Away Gilmour Academy

Please refer to the calendar at the bottom of the page for additional game and practice schedule updates.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

2010 South Euclid Fall Baseball League

Registration will be held on Sunday August 8th, 15th & 22nd at Quarry Park – North from 2:00pm-5:00pm. 

  • COST is $90 per player (for 6 weeks – 12 game schedule, plus a play-off)


  • Each team will play a Single Game on either Tues., Wed., or Thurs., AND a Single game on Saturdays

  • Weeknight games start at 6:15 PM and no inning will start after 8:00 PM

  • Saturday games will be played at 10:00 AM, 12:30 PM, and 3:00 PM

  • Players must be a High School Student in 2010 – 2011

  • Individual Players Only – No Teams

  • Fee includes: T-shirt, socks and cap (players provide own pants)

  • Please bring check made out to “SEBBL” with your Registration

NOTE: League organizers will assign individual players to teams. Teams will be coached by volunteers.  Only 4 Players from the same high school program allowed per team (incoming freshmen and players not on a high school roster do not count towards the total of four).  Organizers will attempt to make the rosters as fair and balanced as possible.  Players may request to be on the same team as a high school teammate or friend, but this may not be possible.

For more information:

Call either Ross (216) 990-3860 or Scott (216) 382-4675

Fall Baseball Information

Please read and review the OHSAA rules and regulations concerning fall baseball. 

Friday, July 30, 2010

Bengals Named to Academic All-Ohio

Taylor Branisel and John Hromulak were recently named to the OHSBCA Academic All-Ohio Team.  This is the 10th consecutive year a Bengal player has achieved this award.  We now have 20 players honored since the program started.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

10th Annual BAT Golf Outing a Success

Team Kadlub dominated the field of 25 teams to capture back-to-back BAT Golf-Outing Championships, a first in BAT Golf history.  Braving some of the strangest weather possible team Captain Michael Kadlub and his teammates, Clinton McKoon, Bobby Tominc and Mikey Tominc battled the extreme heat conditions to shoot –14 on the day. This is the first time in the history of the event that a team has captured the championship twice.  2nd Place & 3rd Place had the “Ryzner” name written all over it.  Shooting –13 was a team led by Andrew Ryzner. Joe Ryzner, Ed Mudridge and Patrick Spear rounded out his team.  Finishing in 3rd Place was a team led by Ryan Ryzner,  Kevin Corrigan, Pete Joyce and Billy Gazley.  Ray Brown once again won the longest drive contest.

Special thanks to Terry Heil,  all of the sponsors, volunteers, alumni, parents and friends of the baseball program. Once again we had a very successful fundraising event and were all looking forward to the 11th Annual BAT Golf-Outing which will be held on July 22, 2011.

Friday, July 23, 2010

10th Annual BAT Golf-Outing

Friday July 23 at Pine Ridge Country Club.  4-man scramble format, lunch, dinner & prizes.  Openings for teams and individuals available along with hole sponsorship opportunities.
The event will be a shot-gun start at 12:30pm.
Information available here.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

It’s Birthday Week for Bengals Coaching Staff

If you see Coach Sliwinski, Coach Nolan, or Coach Ryzner this week, be sure to wish them a very happy birthday!

  • Coach Sliwinski- July 10
  • Coach Nolan-     July 12
  • Coach Ryzner-   July 15

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Branisel and Marinelli Named to All-Sun Teams

Congratulations to Taylor Branisel for being named to the All-Sun and All-Sun East teams.  Jake Marinelli ‘11 was named to the All-Sun East team.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Branisel Helps Cuyahoga All-Stars Win At Progressive Field 10-6

The Northeast Ohio Baseball Coaches Association and the Cleveland Indians hosted the annual Senior All-Star Game at Progressive Field.  Taylor Branisel represented the Bengals in the game and helped the Cuyahoga Team to victory over a Team of All-Stars from Summitt County.

Branisel, who will attend Capital University in the fall, started in center-field and hit lead-off.  He had a huge hit in the come from behind win. With the bases loaded late in the game Branisel laced a double into the left-center field gap for two RBI.  Branisel ended his high school career and the game by taking the mound in the bottom of the 9th to secure the win for his team.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Taylor Branisel Named Honorable Mention OHSBCA All-Ohio

The Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association released their All-Ohio teams this past week.  Congratulations to Taylor Branisel as he was named  Honorable Mention in Division II.  Taylor will finish his high school playing career on Monday June 21st at Progressive Field.  He will participate in the NEOBCA All-Star Game where he will be joined by Coach Sliwinski,  who was named to the coaching staff .  Game time is 9am and admission is free.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Six Bengals Named to News Herald All-Star Team

The Lake County News Herald announced their coverage area All-Star Team this week.  Congratulations to the Bengals who were named to the team.

First Team

  • Taylor Branisel

Second Team

  • Jake Marinelli

Third Team

  • Ryan Kovar
  • Tim Szalay

Honorable Mention

  • Joe Bova
  • John Hromulak

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Coach Sliwinski & Coach Tomc Meet Tim Cheatwood

0604002221Tim Cheatwood ‘97 had a game to remember last night as the Cleveland Gladiators defeated the Utah Blaze 75-39.  Cheatwood had three fumble recoveries and returned one for a touchdown. 

After the game the Bengals coaches got to meet the star of the game, he was named Player of the Game for his defensive efforts.

Cheatwood was a 4-year letterman at Ohio State.  He then went on to play in the Canadian Football League for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Montreal Alouettes and Edmonton Eskimos.  He was a CFL  Eastern Division All-Star in 2003 & 2004. He was also named to the CFL All-Star Team in 2004 when he led the league with 14 quarterback sacks.

Branisel To Attend Capital University

Taylor Branisel has announced that he will attend Capital University in the fall where he will continue his academic and baseball career.  Branisel, a 3-year letterman for the Bengals and  2010 Team Captain will finish his high school playing career on June 21st when he participates in the NEOBCA All-Star Game at Progressive Field.

Branisel was named the Defensive Player of the Year in the Cuyahoga River Baseball Conference, Lakeland Division All-Star and received the Mr. Baseball team award.

Coach Nolan Announces His Retirement

After 40 year of teaching and coaching with the last 29 years at Benedictine Coach Nolan is retiring.  Congratulations and best of luck !

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Seniors to Participate in Post-Season Events

This Saturday the Greater Cleveland Baseball Coaches Association will host their 52nd Annual All-Star Game. Players from across the greater Cleveland area will play two games at Eastlake North High School. Representing the Bengals will be Ryan Kovar, Joe Bova and John Hromulak. All three will play in the 10am game.

On June 2 Ryan Kovar will participate in the Lake County News Herald Home Run Derby. The contest is being held on various dates, all at the Lake County Captains Stadium in Eastlake.  Ryan will hit after the Captains game; with the purchase of a game ticket you are invited to stay and cheer Ryan on. Coach Woody Smith will be his pitcher.

On June 21st the Northeast Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association will host their annual All-Star Game and Hall of Fame induction at Progressive Field. Taylor Branisel was nominated and chosen to play in the game.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Baseball Awards Luncheon Set

The Baseball Program will host its annual Awards Luncheon on Wednesday May 26th at 3:30pm in the school cafeteria. All players and their families are invited to attend. The booster club will provide pizza, salad and pasta along with beverages. Families of the JV & Freshman teams are asked to bring their favorite side dish. Varsity Families are asked to bring dessert.

Bengals Fall in District Game to Cougars

It took a few extra days to play and a very long bus ride to Jefferson before the Bengals were defeated by Lake Catholic by a 4-1 score. John Hromulak pitched a solid game striking out seven batters along the way. Jake Marinelli had two hits, Ryan Kovar had an RBI single and Taylor Branisel added a hit and scored a run. The team finished the season with a 17-11 record.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

District Game Set ... Thursday 4:30.

The District Baseball game vs Lake Catholic will be played on Thursday May 20th at the Jefferson Little League Complex (4:30). For those attending the game there may be an admission charge of $6 per person.

Winner of the game will return to Jefferson on Friday. Opponent and game time TBA.

Directions to Jefferson Little League Complex

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Matt Thomas ‘09

OQNFFHRPBMKDGOU.20100514131444 Matt Thomas ‘09, is currently attending Div I Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.  The Griffs are 35-18 and 17-4 in conference play.

As a Bengal Matt was the recipient of the Nobby Lewandowski Pitcher Award in 2008 and 2009 as well as named Mr. Baseball in 2009.  We wish Matt continued success in the future.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

District Game on Hold ... JV Team Finishes 17-4 !

The Varsity Baseball Team is still in a holding pattern and waiting to see when the District Game will be played. Per OHSAA rule the Sectional Tournament must be complete before the District Games can be played. We are waiting for University School/West Geauga to play their game. That game was scheduled for Tuesday but canceled due to the weather. The game has been re-scheduled for Wednesday.

The Bengals game vs Lake Catholic is scheduled for Wednesday but that will probably change. Please watch for updated information and call the Bengal Athletic Hotline daily.

Congrats to the JV Baseball Team, Coach Ryzner and Coach Woody. They completed a very successful season this past weekend and finished with a 17-4 record. Great job!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Bengals Hit Their Way to the Districts

The Bengals defeated Cleveland John Hay 19-0 in the Sectional Final to advance to this weeks game vs Lake Catholic in the District opener.  The team scored the 19 runs on 18 hits.  John Hromulak, Jake Marinelli, Ryan Kovar, Tim Szalay, Justin Bonchek and Joe Fisher each had two hits.  Marinelli and Kovar added three RBI and Szalay scored three times.

Hromulak pitched three scoreless innings for the win, striking out five and giving up two hits.  Jordan Durham and Taylor Branisel each pitched an inning of scoreless baseball.

The game vs Lake Catholic is scheduled for Tuesday at 4:30pm at the Jefferson Little League Complex.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Sectional Final Re-Scheduled for Saturday

The Sectional Final vs John Hay will be played on Saturday May 15th @ 4:30.  We will play the game at Hawken High School.  Our JV team will also play a 2pm game tomorrow at Hawken.

Today's Freshman game vs Medina along w/the origianlly scheduled Varsity & JV games tomorrow vs Firelands have all been canceled.

Sectional Final vs John Hay

The Bengals will face John Hay for the DII Sectional Baseball Final.  The game is scheduled for today at 4:30pm.  However, due to the amount of rain that fell last night and this morning the game is questionable at best.  If the game is canceled on Friday it will be moved to Saturday at a site and time to be determined.  The winner of the game will advance to the Jefferson District and play on Tuesday vs Mentor Lake Catholic.  The District game would be played at the Jeffereson Little Complex at 4:30pm.  The Bengals (16-10) advanced to the Sectional Final with a forfeit win over Cleveland South.  The Flyers were unable to field a team for yesterday's game.
Please call the athletic hotline (216-421-2080 ext 705} for schedule updates.  Please DO NOT CALL the schools main office number for baseball updates.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Bengals Start Tournament Week at 15-10 ... Will it Ever Stop Raining?

St. Thomas Aquinas visited Nobby's Ballpark this past Monday.  The Bengals came away with a 8-5 victory and improved their record to 15-10 on the season. Junior Zach Walker led the way with four innings of relief pitching for his third win of the season.  Walker also added three hits, scored two runs and had one RBI.  Senior Taylor Branisel stayed hot by adding four hits and three RBI.  Junior's Jordan Durham and Joe Fisher each added two hits.

The DII Sectional Game was canceled yesterday due to rain and wet field conditions.  The game has been re-scheduled for today at 4:30.  Per OHSAA rule the tournament games will be re-scheduled daily until played. For updates, please call the athletic hotline daily after 2:30pm (216-421-2080 ext. 705 ).

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Cancellations for Saturday May 8

JV and Varsity games are cancelled for Saturday May 8th due to field conditions.

Freshman game is still on for today.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Bengals Hold On to Defeat Rebels

The Bengals traveled to Willoughby South yesterday and held on for a 6-5 victory over the Rebels.  Senior John Hromulak pitched five innings for the win and added three hits at the plate.  Hromulak is {3-2} on the season and hitting {.397}.  Senior Taylor Branisel pitched the final two innings and recorded his second save of the season.  Branisel hitting {.383} also blasted his second  home run early in the game.  Junior Jake Marinelli added three hits as he continues to lead the Bengals at the plate with a {.415} average.  Sophomore Justin Bonchek had two hits and 2 RBI.  Senior Ryan Kovar and junior Tim Szalay each added sacrifice fly's to drive in runs.

The JV Bengals had only their third loss of the year yesterday dropping a 5-3 decision to the Rebels.  The JV record stands at 15-3.

This afternoon the Bengals {14-9} travel to the Northern Ohio Baseball Complex in Strongsville for 5pm game vs St. Ed's.  On Saturday all three levels will play Shaker Hts.  The Varsity team will play a single game at Nobby's Ballpark, the JV team will play a {DH} at Luke Easter Park and the Freshman at Mercer Elementary.  All games will begin at 11am.  Be sure to call the athletic hotline {216} 421- 2080 ext 705 for last minute updates. The varsity game scheduled for May 17th vs Cleveland Central Catholic has been canceled.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Bengals "Squeeze" Wildcats in Bottom of the 7th

The late inning magic returned to Nobby's Ballpark as the Bengals defeated St. Ignatius with a late inning rally 7-6.  Down five runs heading into the 6th inning the Bengals rallied to score four runs in the 6th and two in the 7th to pull the upset.
Junior shortstop Tim Szalay started the rally in the 7th with a triple.  Junior first baseman Jordan Durham followed with an RBI double to tie the game.  Junior infielder AJ Bruno ran for Durham and advanced to 3rd base on a wild pitch.  Following an out and walk junior pitcher/ infielder Joe Fisher came to the plate.  Fisher took a first pitch ball then perfected the squeeze play with a great bunt as Bruno scored the winning run.   Fisher pitched four innings of relief and recorded his first Varsity pitching victory.  He also added an RBI double in the 6th inning.

The JV continued their impressive season with a 9-7 victory over St. Ignatius.  The team has a 15-2 record heading into the final two weeks of the season.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Bengals Win 2 ... Receive 2nd Seed in Sectional Tournament

The Varsity Baseball Team finished the week by scoring plenty of runs.  The Bengals scored 32 runs over a 24 hour period to beat Senate leader Lincoln West 15-5 and state ranked and tradition rich Tallamdge 17-7.  The offense is led by Jake Marinelli (.405  2HR 20 RBI), Ryan Kovar (.382 3HR    22 RBI), Tim Szalay (.381 2HR 26 RBI), Zach Walker (.373), Taylor Branisel (.369 4 Triples 22 RBI) and John Hromulak (.369 21 runs 15 RBI).  The team is hitting .364 and averaging 9 runs per game.  Heading into the second half of the season and the tournament the team is 12-9.

The JV Bengals stayed hot as well...  The team traveled to Tallamdge on Saturday and came away with a DH sweep.  The team has a 14-2 record.  The Freshman team finished the week at 4-7.

The 2010 State Baseball Tournament begins next week.  The Bengals were seeded 2nd in the Division II Euclid bracket.  The Bengals will play the tournament opener On May 11 vs Cleveland South at Nobby's Ballpark (4:30).  With a win the team advances to the Sectional Final on May 12 vs the John Hay/East Tech winner.  The game on the 12th will also be played at Nobby's Ballpark at 4:30.

Just a reminder... The game scheduled this Friday vs John Marshall has been canceled.  Instead the Bengals (JV & V) will travel to the Northern Ohio Baseball Complex in Strongsville to play St. Ed's (5pm).  The Freshman game vs St. Ed's has been moved to Nobby's Ballpark for a 4:30 start on Friday.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Bengals 10-8 ... JV Team Continues to Roll!

The Varsity Baseball Team has improved its record to 10-8.  The team won 3 games last week.  On Friday night the Bengals traveled to Louisville and defeated St. Thomas Aquinas 8-7.  On Saturday they finished the week with a (DH) sweep over the Rhodes Rams (18-2 & 9-2).  Today's game vs St. Ed's has been canceled.  No make-up date has been set.

This coming Saturday (May 1) the Bengals will play in the Nobby Lewandowski Invitational hosted by CWRU.  Four games will be played at Nobby's Ballpark starting at 9am.  This line-up includes: Walsh Jesuit vs. Easltalke North (9am), Walsh Jesuit vs. Twinsburg (11:30am), Mentor vs. Brecksville (2:30pm) and Benedictine vs. Tallmadge (5pm).  Admission for the games will be $5.  All proceeds benefit the CWRU Baseball program.  The parking garage on 118th Street will be open ($6).

The JV Baseball Team is on a roll !  The team is currently 12-1 and has won 11 games in a row.  The freshman team is on a two game winning streak and has a record of 4-5.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Bengals End Skid ... use Longball vs Cleveland Hts.

What a great day to play baseball in Cleveland, Ohio this past Saturday afternoon..  The temperatures reached the high 30's; we played in wind, rain , and eventually snow showers.  The pitching staff and defense limited Cleveland Hts. to just four total runs on the day.  John Hromulak pitched 5 2/3 innings before PJ Spicuzza recorded the final four outs of the game for his first Varsity pitching victory.  Tim Szalay, Jake Marinelli and Ryan Kovar all hit home runs in the 5-2 Game #1 victory.

Game # 2 was much of the same.  Joe Bova pitched a complete game 3-hitter with the help of a home-run by Tim Szalay and some solid defense.  Final score 4-2.

The Varsity Team { 7-7 } plays Gilmour Academy, St. Thomas Aquinas and Rhodes this week.  The JV Team continues to roll with a 11-1 record, our Freshman team is 2-5 on the season.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Bengals Win Four in a Row!

The Varsity Baseball team has improved its record to 5-3.  This past week the offense took over as it scored 59 runs while winning its last 4 games.  The winning streak started on Wednesday with a 7-6 come-from-behind victory over University School.  Senior outfielder Taylor Branisel led the way with 2 hits, including a game winning RBI triple. Senior catcher  Ryan Kovar threw 2 runners out late in the game to help preserve the win. Soph. Anthony Korinek pitched 2 scoreless innings for his first Varsity win. 

On Friday the Bengals traveled to North Ridgeville for a 11-1 win. Branisel once again led the way with 3 hits, junior 3B/CA Jake Marinelli added 2 hits.  Junior  Zach Walker pitched 4 innings for the win. 

On Saturday the offense reminded us all of the 1995 Indians; the Bengals swept Orange 24-4 & 17-3.  Tim Szalay had a huge day; the junior shortstop went 6-8, scored 6 runs and had 8 RBI.  Junior P/OF/1B Jordan Durham recorded his first Varsity pitching victory in game #1.  Korinek pitched & won game # 2 with another solid performance.

After 2 weeks the offense leads the way for the Bengals.  Jake Marinelli (.551), Taylor Branisel and John Hromulak follow hitting (.500), Ryan Kovar (.400), Zach Walker (.387) and Tim Szalay (.354).

The Junior Varsity team is currently 5-1 and the Freshman team is 2-3.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Season Opener Post-poned

The Varsity & JV games at Gilmour Academy have been canceled today because of wet field conditions.  We are looking for a date to re-schedule ...
Next Game:  Wednesday @ Euclid { JV & V }.
Saturday:  Just a reminder we are playing a split {DH} @ Nobby's Ballpark.  See schedule below:
10am:  Rocky River vs Benedicitne
12:30pm Rocky River vs Mayfield
3:00pm Mayfield vs Benedicitne

Monday, March 22, 2010

Basketball Team wins Regional: Next stop Columbus!

Congrats to the basketball team on their win over SVSM (64-61) in the Regional Final. They will play in Columbus this week and play for a State Championship.  Tickets will be on sale at school Tuesday and Wednesday.  The tickets will be available in the business office from 7:30am-3:15pm and from 3:30pm-7:30pm in the athletic office.  All tickets are $8.

Game time on Thursday for the the State Semi-Final game is 5:15pm.  We play Dayton Dunbar. With a win on Thursday the team will advance to the State Final on Saturday at 2pm.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Mandatory Players and Parents Meeting

Tuesday March 16, 2010
School Cafeteria
* OHSAA update and rules for participation
* meet w/the entire baseball staff and discuss the 2010 season
* players will have "team uniform package" information on 3/12/10
* Game caps and t-shirts will be available for purchase at the meeting

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Youth Camp a Hit !

This past Sunday 55 5th-8th grade boys attended the 11th Annual Bengal Baseball Camp. The Bengal coaching staff along with returning varsity players worked with the players for more then 3 hours teaching the game of baseball.  The camp focused on basic fundamentals of pitching, catching, base running, outfield play along with hitting and fielding drills. 

Friday, March 5, 2010

Cory Pecoraro '07 Solid On and Off the Field

Cory Pecoraro is currently a Junior at Case Western Reserve University.  He is a third year starter for the Spartan baseball program.  Cory will split time between 1B/DH as well as being named one of the team captains this spring.

In the classroom Cory has continued to excel in his major of accounting; this summer he will intern at PricewaterhouseCoopers. 

During his prestigious high school career Cory was the recipient of numerous rewards.
  • Coach Bossu Spirit Award '06
  • OHSBCA Academic All-State '07
  • B.A.T. Student Athlete of the Year '07
  • Mr. Baseball Award '07
  • Team Captain '06 and '07
Bengal Highlight:  Cory was the first player to hit a home run at Nobby's Ballpark.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Jarred Cooper '09 to Play at CCC-West

Jarred Cooper will continue his academic and athletic career at Cuyahoga Community College.  The former Bengal has made the final roster and pitching staff  for the Western Campus Team. CCC-West  is a part of the National Junior College Athletic Association  and Ohio Community College Athletic Conference.  Home games are played at the Western Campus which is located on Pleasant Valley & York in Parma.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Toronto Blue Jays Scout Visits With Bengals

On Wednesday afternoon Toronto Blue Jays area scout Nick Manno spent time with the Bengal Baseball Team.  He discussed his career path as a major league baseball scout, what he looks for when watching games; which included some helpful hints for our players as they prepare for the upcoming season.  Manno told the players that physical talent is critical while scouting but a players "make-up" is just as important.
Manno is a graduate of Padua Franciscan High School and Mount Union College.  

He was a student athlete for Mr. Gressock while in high school.  He also played for Coach Sliwinski and was a teammate with Coach Mordarski.  Professionally he has worked for the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals as a scout and player development director.  He then held a position at the Major League Baseball Office as a coordinator of operations prior to taking his current position with the Blue Jays. During his playing days Nick was a "slick fielding" second baseman who hit  from the left-side of the plate.

Manno finished his visit by giving the team a little Benedictine history lesson.  His dad, Bruce Manno, is a 1971 Graduate of Benedictine High School.  As a young man Bruce told his  mom that one day he would work in professional  baseball. He then worked his way from a student at Cuyahoga Community College to the low minor leagues. Nick told us his father was very detail-oriented and meticulous, especially when it came to field maintenance. His hard work landed him a job with the Milwaukee Brewers and later with the St. Louis Cardinals where he was a part of a World Series Championship.  Bruce is currently the assistant general manager of the Atlanta Braves.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Three Seniors Named to "Watch List"

Seniors Taylor Branisel, John Hromulak and Ryan Kovar were recently named to the Collegiate Baseball "watch list".  Each January the publication releases it's state-by-state list of high school players to keep an eye on. The list features players from all 50 states.  All three players return for their third year of varsity baseball.