Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Congratulations Coach Tomc

Coach Tomc was recently nominated and selected for the Northeast Ohio Baseball Coach Hall of Fame. He will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame with the other members of the Class of 2013 this coming June at Progressive Field.

Coach Tomc was also selected by the Greater Cleveland baseball Coaches Association as the 2012 Assistant Coach of the Year.  He will be honored at the GCBCA winter meeting on January 30th at Brooklyn High School.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Baseball Information Meeting

Any student athlete who couldn't attend our meeting this past Monday needs to see Coach Perk or Coach Chase for their information packet.  You will also need to complete and return a questionnaire. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Meeting set for Monday December 3rd

All student athletes interested in trying out for the 2013 baseball program need to attend a meeting after school on Monday December 3rd.  The meeting will take place at 3:15-4:00 in the school cafeteria.  Please be sure to schedule transportation home on that day.  The entire coaching staff will be available for questions after the meeting.  Parents are invited to attend if this helps with tranporation issues.

Winter sports athletes are asked to stop by the cafeteria to pick up a information packet.  Winter sports athletes are NOT permitted to miss a schedule practice or show up late due to the baseball meeting.  If no conflicts exist you're more than welcome to attend.

Off season work-outs will begin on Monday January 7th.  Athletes will meet in Coach Perk's classroom. Workouts will start at 3:25 and finish no later then 4:45 each day.  The work-out schedule will be discussed at the meeting.  All athletes not participating in a school sponsored winter sport are encouraged to attend the sessions.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Meet Coach Patterson

Position:  Head Junior Varsity Baseball Coach
Grade School: St. John's Lutheran School
High School: Mayfield
College: Cuyahoga Community College Police Academy
Favorite MLB Player: Omar Vizquel
Favorite MLB Team: Cleveland Indians

Coach Patterson enters his 3rd season as the JV coach for the Bengals.   He has been coaching various travel/ tournament teams in the area over the past 8 years.  He has also spent time at Sacred Heart of Jesus (St. Gregory the Great Church)  where he coached football and baseball.  For the past 6 years he has also coached soccer and is currently the head coach of the U14 Mayfield Soccer Club by team.

Ken completed the RCIA program at St. Greg's and became Catholic in 1999.  This is his 9th year as a full-time police officer for the city of South Euclid. His hobbies include reading, playing golf, and coaching youth sports.

Contact Coach Patterson:  bsball2012 [at]

Friday, October 5, 2012

Bengals 7th All-Time in Wins

The OHSAA recently updated their State Records.   The Bengals with 1,002 wins moved into 7th place on the All-Time list.  On April 28, 2012 the Bengals defeated Brooklyn High School 10-4 to record victory #1000 in school history.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Golf-Outing a Success

132 golfers played Pine Ridge Country Club in the 12th Annual Bengal Baseball Golf-Outing.  33 teams made up the field, which was the most competitive in years.  For the first time in years there were multiple teams in the field "picked" to win the event.  

Special thanks to all the golfers,  sponsors, and individuals who donated items and to all the volunteers that made the day a success.  Mark your calendar for next years' event: July 26, 2013.

2012 Champions: Chip Tighe, Brian Tighe, Andy Teller & Mike Richuisa

Longest Drive Winner: Rajdeep Chatterjee

Closest to the Pin Winner: John DiPaola

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Golf-Outing Update

Just a reminder the golf-outing is only weeks away.  We still have room for teams and hole sponsors. Click the link at the top of the page for event & contact information.

Post Season Awards Announced

Congratulations to the following players who received a post-season award from the North Coast League or from one of the local media outlets.

North Coast League:
1st Team: Rey Caraballo
2nd Team: Dan Piascik
Honorable Mention: Collin Pecoraro

Lake County News Herald:
Honor Roll: Rey Caraballo, Dan Piascik, Collin Pecoraro

Division II All-Cuyahoga County:
Honorable Mention: Rey Caraballo, Dan Piascik, Collin Pecoraro

Sun Newspapers
All-Sun East:  Rey Caraballo

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

From Benedictine to the World

Mitch in front of Big Ben

Leaving the eastern suburb of Mentor to come to Benedictine was a big step, but just a first step for former baseball player and golfer, Mitch Wilcosky ’09. After graduation, Mitch went on to Canisius College, a small catholic college in Buffalo, New York. He earned a renewable partial four year scholarship from the school and is majoring in political science with a minor in philosophy. At Canisius, Mitch is involved in Circle K (college’s version of key club), Alpha Sigma Nu, a Jesuit honor group and earned his paralegal certificate. He also was awarded the Raichle Pre-Law scholarship for both his junior and upcoming senior year.

This past semester Mitch also took advantage of a study abroad program in London. He is now attending London Metropolitan University. With Fridays off, Mitch has taken advantage of his time across the pond. He has been to Denmark, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Lucerne, Florence, Rome and Barcelona. He also has been cliff diving in Wales, which he says is his new favorite sport!

Once home the process of applying to law school begins. He hopes to attend a school in Washington DC or Chicago.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

All-Star: Rey Caraballo

Congratulations to senior short-stop Rey Caraballo who represented the Bengals on Saturday in the 54th annual Greater Cleveland Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game.  Great job Rey !!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Baseball Cook-Out May 23rd

Wednesday May 23rd will be our end of the season cook-out for the baseball team and their families.  The cook-out will take place at school in the cafeteria at 4pm.  We are asking that all families contribute to the event.  Varsity & JV families are asked to bring their favorite side-dish to share and freshman families their favorite dessert.

The plan is to start serving food shortly after 4pm.  Once everyone is done eating we will present each player with their participation awards and the Varsity Team Awards.

Emails will be sent to families as a reminder and also phone calls this weekend.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Uniform Collection/Team Meeting

All Freshman and JV baseball players will return uniform items on Monday after school.  Please meet the coaches in the locker-room.

Returning Varsity Players: All players that finished the season on the Varsity roster that will return next season should meet in Coach Ryzner's room at 3pm for a short meeting before uniform collection.

Senior Player's:  All uniform items will be returned on Tuesday after school

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Team Pictures Are On The Way

Team pictures were taken yesterday, and they look great.  Be on the lookout for them in your e-mail soon.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

5/8/12 Varsity Game canceled/ Team Pics Tomorrow

Today's Varsity baseball game has been canceled. The Varsity will practice in the gym from 3-4:15.

Team pictures will be taken tomorrow after school. All players on all levels should be in uniform. Be prepared to practice after pictures.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Varsity is On/Frosh is Off

5/2/12 Today's Varsity baseball game with Akron Hoban is ON at 5:00 at Nobby's Ballpark at CWRU.

The Freshman game against Hoban is OFF due to poor field conditions at Luke Easter Park.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Frosh Canceled

Today's Freshman game with Independence has been canceled.

5/1/12 1:00 Update: Varsity PPD/ JV is on

As of 1:00, today's Varsity game with Akron Hoban has been rescheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, 5/2/12 at CWRU at 5:00.

Today's JV game @ Hoban is on for 5:00.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Bengals Gain 1,000th Win

When Benedictine defeated Brooklyn 10-4 on Saturday, April 28, the Bengals earned the school’s baseball program its 1,000th victory.
“This is a victory to remember,” said Brian Sliwinski, who has won 182 games as coach of the Bengals since 2000. “It is certainly one of my most meaningful wins,” he added. Sliwinski has a career record of 269-190-1.
“Winning 1,000 games is a tremendous achievement,” said Sliwinski. “Benedictine High School has such a great tradition both on and off the field that it is not an unexpected accomplishment.”
Added Sliwinski, “The players who played in this milestone game will always be a part of this special athletic history of the school.”
Sliwinski tipped his cap to former Coach Augie Bossu, who died in January 2008 at age 91 and earned the vast majority of the victories. Bossu, who was the baseball coach from 1954 until 1994, compiled a record of 681-300-7.
The Benedictine baseball all-time record presently stands at 1,000-527-8. The baseball team began playing in the 1937 season.
Bossu is a member of the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, Ohio High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame and the National High School Sports Hall of Fame in Kansas City, Missouri. When Bossu stepped down as head football coach in 1994, he had an Ohio record of 308-117-28 and was the state’s winningest football coach at that time.
“Coach Bossu’s accomplishments are exceptional,” said Sliwinski. “We wear Coach’s initials (AB) on our game caps and batting helmets as a reminder for what he did for our school and program,” he added.
Sliwinski is the second leading coach in Benedictine history with 182 wins (including the milestone 1,000th).
Sliwinski talked about the influence of Bossu on his own coaching career.
“Coach Bossu taught me two valuable lessons when I was hired at Benedictine: No. 1:  keep the game simple - don't try to re-invent it. No. 2: If you’re not going to do it in a game - don't do it in practice,” said Sliwinski.
The quest for 1,000 started about eight years ago when baseball player Randy Cooper (Benedictine Class of ’05) began this research project during his senior year before he entered Dartmouth College.
“Randy did about 90% of the research of the baseball program including overall records and records vs. opponents,” Sliwinski said. “Then our sports historian Wally Mieskoski completed the project.”
Although Augie Bossu enjoyed state championship success on the football field (state titles in 1957, 1973, 1980, and 1981), he could never get that elusive state baseball title. Five times (1955, 56, 62, 64, 78) he took Bengals teams to the Final Four. Three times (1956, 64, 78) his teams lost in the state title game. In 1948, the Bengals, under another legendary coach Joe Rufus, lost in the state semi-finals.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Saturday April 28th @ Brooklyn Athletic Complex

Just a reminder that the game on April 28th is at the Brooklyn Athletic Complex.  Take Ridge Road north off of 480.  Once you pass Biddulph turn left at the library ( just past a dip in the road ).  Follow the road until you see the baseball fields ( located on the right just before the football stadium ).

Varsity Game time 11am ( arrive at 945am ).  JV Game Time 1pm  - arrive at Noon.

Wenzel Gets Special Notice for Academic Efforts

The News Herald published an article about Senior TJ Wenzel's physics project.  TJ's project was a very detailed and in depth look at the new BBCOR bats in use this season.  Good job TJ.

Full Story: High school baseball notes: Benedictine senior studies physics of BBCOR bats -

Garfield Field Address

The address for today's JV and Varsity games at Garfield Hts. is as follows:

12000 Maple Leaf Dr. Garfield Hts., OH 44125

Monday, April 23, 2012

Games with Lake Catholic Canceled and Rescheduled

Today's games with Lake Catholic on ALL levels have been canceled. They are rescheduled for this Wednesday.

The Varsity will practice in the gym today from 3-4:15. The JV and Freshmen are off.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

4/21/12 Varsity and JV Games Canceled

Today's Varsity and JV double headers with Gilmour have been canceled due to poor weather and field conditions. We are attempting to reschedule at least one game later this season. Our next games are against Lake Catholic on Monday.

Friday, April 20, 2012

JV Players Will Meet at Gimour

For the 11 A.M. Double Header at Gilmour this Saturday 4/21/12, players will meet at the field at 10:00 A.M. There will be no bus transportation to or from the field.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Bengals Beat Bruins

It took extra innings Wednesday afternoon as the Bengals (5-9-1) bounced back from Tuesday's defeat for a 6-5 NCL Blue Division  victory.  With the game tied in the 8th William Woodson singled in Anthony Corsi for the game winning run. Dan Piascik pitched 7 solid innings, striking out 7 and giving up 4 earned runs for the win.  Collin Pecoraro  pitched the 8th inning, striking out 2 batters for the save.
The first inning saw the Bengals manufacture 4 runs for the early lead.  The 5th run was scored in the 6th inning off of a Bo Zinner pitch-hit single.
The Bengals finish the week on Friday with a game at WRA (430pm) and then a home DH vs Gilmour Academy (11am).

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

Freshman Team Wins !!!

Congrats to our Freshman Baseball Team as they won their first game of the season.  They defeated Lincoln West 18-13.

Varsity and JV games with Padua Switched

Tuesday's Varsity and JV games with Padua have been switched. The Varsity will host Padua at CWRU on Tuesday and will travel to Padua on Wednesday.

The JV will travel to Padua on Tuesday and host the Bruins on Wednesday at Luke Easter Park.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Monday April 16

The Freshman Baseball Team will play Lincoln West, game time 4:30 at Luke Easter park # 3.

The Varsity & JV teams will be off on Monday.  The Varsity team will travel to Padua Franciscan on Tuesday and will then host Padua Franciscan on Wednesday.  Game time 5pm.  The JV teams schedule is the opposite of the Varsity.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Bengals drop series to Warriors

NCL Blue Division games continued this week with a 2-game series with the Walsh Jesuit Warriors.  The Bengals lost the opener 6-2 on Tuesday and 4-1 Wednesday afternoon.  The Bengal pitching staff kept the games close.  Dan Piascik, William Woodson, Nick Monachino, Robbie Cramer and Nick Cappello all did a solid job on the mound for the Bengals.

The Bengals ( 3-6  1-3 ) return to action on Friday afternoon at Gilmour Academy (4:30) and then travel to Hawken for a 2pm (DH) on Saturday.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

4/10/12 JV Game with Walsh is Canceled

The JV game today with Walsh at Luke Easter Park has been canceled.

JV players are reminded to meet at Luke Easter Park at 3:30 for our 4:30 game against Gilmour on Friday.

4/10/12 Varsity Game @ Walsh Moved up to 4:30

The start time of Varsity Game at Walsh has been moved up to 4:30.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Bengals 3-4-1 after Week # 2

The Bengals opened the NCL portion of their schedule this past week and split w/NDCL.  They won a thriller 1-0 and then dropped the second game 6-2. 

On Saturday the Bengals welcomed Rocky River to Nobby's Ballpark for two games.  The Bengals held on to win 4-3 in the first game.  Freshman Collin Pecoraro pitched a complete game for his second win of the season.  He also added a hit and and RBI.  With the game on the line, Soph. Jack Williams (CA) threw out a runner attempting to steal 3rd base to end the game.  Soph. Tom Hongosh applied the tag and the Bengals were victorious.  Game # 2 saw the Bengals struggle a bit.  Rocky River jumped to a 5-0 lead early and held on to win the game 5-2.

This week the NCL schedules continues with two games vs Walsh Jesuit and road games at Gilmour Academy and Hawken (DH).

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Bengals Win 1-0 in NCL Opener

You couldn't have asked for a better game in the NCL Blue Division opener vs NDCL.  Senior RHP Dan Piascik matched the Lion staff pitch for pitch while going the distance for his first win of the season and the teams first ever NCL victory.  The win evens the Bengals record at 2-2 (1-0 NCL).

Piascik pitched a complete game.  He struck out 8 batters, walked 2 while scattering 4 hits.  Senior Anthony Corsi  had the game winning hit (double) in the 5th inning to score senior Rey Caraballo.

The Bengals return to action this afternoon at Nobby's Ballpark with a NCL re-match with NDCL.  Game time is set for 5pm.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Bengals Split Over Weekend, NCL Opener Today

Cold and Rain was on the menu as the Bengals had their game on Friday suspended.  The score was tied 4-4 in the 9th inning vs Bay when the game was stopped due to darkness and rain.  The weather on Saturday didn't improve much as the Bengals split a doubleheader.

Game 1 was a 11-6 victory over Firelands.  Dan Piascik led the way with 4 hits and 2 RBI.  Rey Caraballo and Robbie Cramer also added 2 RBI each. Freshman Collin Pecoraro in his first varsity pitching start went 6 innings for the win. Collin struck out 4 and gave up 4 earned runs.  The Bengals dropped Game 2 vs Tiffin Columbia 12-2.

The NCL schedule begins today.  The Bengals will travel to NDCL this afternoon and then will host NDCL tomorrow. All NCL games start at 5pm.

Friday, March 30, 2012

3/30/12 JV Game With Bay Canceled

Today's JV game at Luke Easter Park has been canceled due to weather.

JV players are reminded that the bus leaves from BHS tomorrow at 9AM for a double header at Firelands. Please arrive by 8:45. Have your phones handy just in case.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bengals Drop Opener

The Varsity Baseball Team lost their season opener 6-2 vs Twinsburg at Nobby's Ballpark.  Dan Piascik was the starting pitcher,  he went 5 innings in the loss and didn't give up an earned run.  Michael Adamowski and Collin Pecoraro each had 2 hits.  William Woodson reached base 3 times with a hit and 2 walks. Pecoraro had the teams only RBI.

Next up for the Bengals is a trip to Bay Village on Friday afternoon.

Spring Fundraiser a Success !

Thank you to all of our alumni, parents, and friends that attended the baseball & golf fundraiser this past weekend. Over 200 people supported the event at Jocko's Bar & Grill. 

Special thanks to all of the individuals and organizations that donated raffle and door prizes !!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

3/24/12 Scrimmages @ Cuyahoga Hts. Canceled

Because of poor field conditions, the Varsity and JV scrimmages against Cuyahoga Hts. have been canceled.

Players are reminded to come prepared for their season openers this Monday.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Wednesday 3/21 Bay Village

Wednesday's Varsity scrimmage with Bay Village is on as scheduled.

The JV scrimmage has been canceled.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Spring Camp a Success

Special thanks to all that attended our Spring Camp.  The 35 players in attendance worked on the skills of fielding and hitting.  Not only did the players work on their game  but they had fun doing so!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Spring Youth Camp Sunday March 11th

The 13th Annual Spring Youth Camp will be held on Sunday March 11th for boys in grades 5-8.  Time is noon to 3PM.  Cost of the camp is $25 per player and each will receive a Benedictine Baseball Cap.  Team discounts are available.  The camp will focus on pre-season skill and drill work with emphasis on mechanics of hitting and fielding.

For information and to register, contact Coach Sliwinski

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Wing Night Update ... Sell-out around the corner !

Just a reminder that our Baseball/Golf  Wing Night is on Saturday March 24th.  Tickets are limited.  We're only selling 200 tickets.  After three weeks of sales we have less than 40 20 tickets left for the event.  Please contact Coach Sliwinski or Coach Ryzner if interested in attending.  

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Coach Sliwinski meets Cleveland Brown Joe Haden

The Wahoo Club this past weekend hosted their monthly luncheon and had Cleveland Browns player Joe Haden as the special  guest.  Coach Sliwinski was able to meet Mr. Haden and have him sign a jersey!  The signed jersey will will be raffled off at the Baseball/Golf fundraiser later this month.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Freshman Baseball Update

I've received many questions regarding freshman baseball practice.  Freshman have the opportunity to practice on a volunteer basis this Monday.  Since we don't have school due to the holiday and transportation being a possible issue with the freshman they have the option to attend one of the practice sessions on Monday. We have two sessions scheduled; 12:00-2:00 Sophomore and 2:00-4:00 for JR/SR.  The Freshman will be off on Tuesday but will have practice on Wednesday (3:00-4:30) and Thursday (3:00-5:30).  Please keep in mind that you must complete your winter sports season before you are permitted to attend a baseball practice.  

Be sure to check the calendar at the bottom of this page for times and locations of practice.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Practice Begins Monday February 20th

Baseball practice officially begins in less than a week.  The OHSAA has made a rule change that eliminates the first two weeks of practice for just pitchers and catchers .  The new rule states that on February 20th practice starts for all players.  Keep in mind that if you are currently participating in a winter sport you cannot practice baseball until your season has finished.  

Our practice schedule is set  with all sophomores attending from 12:00-2:00.  The junior and senior players will practice from 2:00-4:00.  Freshman are encouraged to attend if possible and may choose either session to practice. Player's should arrive early and be prepared with all baseball gear for indoor practice.   The remaining week's schedule has been updated on the calendar at the bottom of the page.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Third Annual Nobby's Classic Schedule Set

The schedule has been set for the third annual Nobby's Classic this spring. It is sponsored by the CWRU baseball team and will be held the 12th of May. There will be a $5 admission charge and it is good for all three games.

  • 10AM Mentor v. Lake Catholic
  • 1PM Walsh Jesuit v. Amherst
  • 4PM Western Reserve Academy v. Benedictine

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Happy Birthday Sarah Royan

Sarah probably thought we forgot, but the Benedictine Baseball program would like to wish her a happy birthday and hopes she has a great day. Sarah was the Athletic Trainer at Benedictine for the past few years and is currently at Hawken. See you in the spring Sarah!

Congratulations Coach Chase

Freshman Baseball Coach Jerry Chase was recently selected for the North East Ohio Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.  The induction ceremony will take place during the association's all-star game at Progressive Field this June.  Coach Chase has been coaching over 40 years and has over 400 wins as a head coach.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Baseball Off-Season Conditioning Starts

All those interested in participating in voluntary off-season baseball workouts are reminded that they begin Monday, January 9.

Workouts will take place on Mondays and Thursdays from 3-4:30. Participants should meet in room 318.

Be prepared with indoor and outdoor running gear.

We will not work out during finals week, but will resume the following week.

See Coach Ryzner if you have any questions.