The Walsh Jesuit baseball team improved to 12-0 by winning the Cuyahoga Falls City Classic on Saturday.
Walsh topped visiting Cuyahoga Falls 10-0 and host Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy 12-6 to win the crown.
“We have four pitchers that are 3-0,” Walsh coach Chris Kaczmar said. “Our pitching staff has really been doing very well. We are playing all three phases of the game. We are playing pretty good defense, we have been putting the ball in play and we are throwing strikes. It is so far so good, knock on wood.”
The 3-0 pitchers are seniors Nate Stahl and Yassir Kahook and juniors Nick Leonatti and Connor Bailey. Stahl is an Indiana recruit and Kahook is a Toledo recruit.
“Nate Stahl has been tremendous on the mound, and Saturday he hit three home runs [in the win over CVCA],” Kaczmar said.
Bailey, Erik Stern, Andrew Gormley, Robby Shepherd and Kade Labajetta combined to no-hit Falls. Nick Vaccaro, Jake Armsey, Jamie Perebzak, Henry Kaczmar and Bobby Perebzak combined for 10 hits, six runs and six RBI in the win.
Stahl also had eight RBI and scored four runs and Armsey contributed four hits and four runs against CVCA. Vaccaro, Jamie Perebzak, Henry Kaczmar and Stanley Kaczmar each had two hits.
“Jake Armsey, a sophomore, has really been tremendous [with a .647 batting average, 22 hits, 25 runs scored and 16 RBI],” said Chris Kaczmar, the father of Stanley and Henry.
Stahl is hitting .417 with four home runs, 22 RBI and 13 runs scored, and Vaccaro (.462), Stanley Kaczmar (.500) and Evan Swan (.545) are also hitting well.
Walsh also has victories over Youngstown Ursuline, Brunswick, Boardman, Bedford, Olentangy Berlin and Olentangy Liberty, and two wins each over Parma Padua and Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin.
The Firestone boys tennis team began Monday with an 11-0 record in dual matches with single victories over Archbishop Hoban, North Royalton, Norwayne, Brecksville, Tallmadge, Ellet, North, Kent Roosevelt and Barberton, and two wins over Kenmore-Garfield.
The Falcons are led by Anthony Gorsuch, Jacob Cribbet, Connor Beaven, Hank Curlee, James Scantling, Isaac Koehler and Charlie Bailey.
“We really hit the ground running this year with a couple of big wins that boosted our confidence,” Firestone coach Craig Sampsell said. “That’s allowed us to play a lot more relaxed and not focus on the result, but on playing good solid tennis.”
Green on a roll
The Green boys tennis team entered the week 10-0 with wins over Hoban, Canton Central Catholic, CVCA, Perry, Lake, Gates Mills Hawken, Canton McKinley, Western Reserve Academy, GlenOak and Lakewood St. Edward.
Green’s top players are Logan Langovsky, Ramiro Garza, Dylan Westmeyer, Prashanth Ragunanthan, Alex Castner, Daniel DeLuca, Jackson Lightner and Emma Garee.
“Emma plays soccer in the fall, so she can’t play tennis,” Green coach Michael DiAntonio said. “She is allowed to come out and play with the boys in the spring, and has been playing a lot of doubles.”
Revere marches on
The Revere boys tennis team is 6-1 overall with wins over Wadsworth, Highland, Hudson, Copley, Kent Roosevelt and Barberton, and a loss to Walsh Jesuit.
Revere’s top players are Raj Kumar, Ram Kumar, Karl Godard, Esa Malik, Ben Lazbin, William Sun, DJ Donich, Kyle Shin and Eric An.
“Every match somebody else is stepping up and winning a match that is close,” Revere coach Paul Fisher said. “… We won 3-2 over Hudson, 3-2 over Copley, 4-1 over Highland and 3-2 over Wadsworth.”
Hamrick the hitter
Michael Hamrick hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning and then hit a walk-off grand slam in the eighth Saturday to give Nordonia a 10-6 baseball win over Shaker Heights.
Around the track
Several records were set Saturday at Walsh Jesuit’s 27th John Hasenstab Warrior Relays.
Nina Zraik, Theresa Hagey, Katie Saum and Laney King of St. Vincent-St. Mary set a meet record in the girls 6,400-meter relay (21:47.32), and Kya Epps of St. V-M set a meet record in the 100 meters (12.21).
On the boys side, Christopher Marx of Perry set stadium and meet records in the 100 wheelchair (20.20), the 400 wheelchair (1:23.80) and the 800 wheelchair (2:57.89). CVCA’s Tre Tucker, Jay Patsch and Kyler King-Rice teamed up to set a meet and stadium record in the long jump relay (62-4½), and Tucker set a meet and stadium record in the long jump (23-7).