Walsh Jesuit freshman shortstop Henry Kaczmar has made a commitment to continue his academic and baseball careers at the University of Michigan.
“I am extremely excited to play for coach [Erik] Bakich and coach [Nick] Schnabel at the University of Michigan,” Kaczmar said. “I want to thank both of my parents and entire family for everything they have done for me, as well as everyone who has helped me along this journey. I have four exciting years ahead of me at Walsh.”
Kaczmar, a Bath resident, was selected to play for Team Ohio in the Prep Baseball Report Junior Future Games. His commitment is the earliest a Walsh Jesuit baseball player has pledged to a collegiate program.
“It was clear from the onset of meeting coach Bakich and coach Schnabel that their values, philosophy, family culture, character and coaching style align so closely with what Henry is seeking at the next level,” said Chris Kaczmar, Walsh’s baseball coach and Henry’s father.
“My wife Beth and I couldn’t be more excited, proud, and deeply honored that Henry will be joining the University of Michigan baseball program.”
Hudson wins in Fla.
Hudson went 5-0 last week in the Baseball Beach Bash at Choctawhatchee High School in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Pitchers Joe Whitman, Bryce McClure, Parker Tallman, Matthew Aukerman and Aiden Samuel each earned a win.
Hudson opened with a 7-6 win over Reavis (Ill). Ryan Mitcheltree had three hits and scored two runs, including the game-winner on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning. Blake Hartline had two hits and two runs, and Nolan O’Connell had three hits.
Sylvan Wiley and McClure combined for a shutout in a 5-0 win over Niceville (Fla.) in the second game. Grant Gedeon and Nicholas Teodosio each had two hits, and Robbie Pacsi had two RBI.
The Explorers won the third game 5-1 over Clayton Northmont (OH) with Teodosio getting two hits and scoring two runs.
Hudson beat Dayton Oakwood (OH) 16-0 in the fourth game as Jack Seiple hit a home run, scored twice and had three RBI.
Hudson finished its trip with a 2-1 victory over host Choctawhatchee. Joe Caspar smacked a double that scored Brendan Palmer with the game-winning run in the top of the seventh inning. Whitman pitched a scoreless bottom of the seventh for the save. Hartline batted in the other run, and Gedeon had two hits.
The Northwest baseball team recorded 19 hits en route to defeating Fort LeBoeuf (Pa.) 15-5 in the Mingo Bay Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Jarod Weigand had three hits and five RBI, and Jackson Ogozalek earned the win and also had two hits and one RBI.
The Indians' other top hitters were Jordan Mick (three hits, four RBI); Corey Kohler (three hits, four runs, two RBI); Ayden Burgner (three hits, two RBI, two runs) and James Elliott (two hits, one RBI).
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