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.