March 21st, 2018

Baseball capsules

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor


Baseball capsules
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The baseball season started Monday despite the frightful weather outside. Here’s a look at the DeSales, Holy Cross, St. Xavier, and Trinity baseball capsules.

DESALES

Head coach: TJ Cataldo (fifth season)

2017 finish:  22-16, 22nd District champions, Sixth Region runner-up .

Returning starters: Sam Newkirk (catcher, senior), Jordan Lacy (third Base, first Base, pitcher, senior), Jack Lamon (outfield, junior), and Garrett Mathews (pitcher, junior).

Other key players: Alex Carson (outfield, senior), Ryan O’Shea (outfield, senior), Nick Heil (first base, senior), Travis Siebert (pitcher, senior), Shawn Kaufman (outfield, junior), and Drew Smith (third base, pitcher, junior).

Outlook: DeSales will field a team with many new faces, but should not lack talent. Our opening weekend will be at Hot Rods Stadium in Bowling Green and a schedule that features five out of state opponents. The Colts will look to defend their title as district champions as well as make another run at a region title. 

HOLY CROSS

Head coach: Tim Hockman (first season)

2017 finish: 22-13, All “A”s State Champions, lost in the first round of the Sixth Region Tournament.

Returning starters: Josh Thomson (shortstop, senior), Gavin Foushee (center fielder, junior), Craig Thompson (catcher, junior), and Brett Emberton (pitcher, junior).

Other key players: Austin Streble (pitcher, third base, senior) and Wes Clark (pitcher, third base, sophomore).

Outlook: Pitching and defense should be our strengths. If we can get any kind of consistent offense it should be a solid year.

ST. XAVIER

Head coach: Andy Porta (seventh season)

2017 finish: 28-12, Seventh Region runner-up

Returning starters: Evan Burnett (RHP, senior), Bryce Elmore (infielder, senior), Ryan Hamilton (RHP, senior), Andrew Littlefield (LHP, senior), Chase Patton (catcher, senior), Trey Sweeney (infielder, senior), and Cam Scheler (infielder, catcher, RHP).

Other key players: Alex Adams (infielder, junior), Bryce Harkins (LHP, junior), Aric Lyons (outfield, junior), Noah Nelson (RHP, junior), and Ryan Nicholson (LHP, junior), Alex Smith (outfield, junior), and Brandon Tucker (outfield, junior).

Outlook: Our 2018 roster contains 14 players with varsity experience, including six who were in the dugout during our 2016 state championship run. Defensively, four starters return and six pitchers return with varsity experience. This will be a much younger lineup than previous years but the whole program is working incredibly hard to get back to Lexington and win an eighth state title. 

TRINITY

Head Coach: Rick Arnold (fourth year)

2017 Finish: 32-6-2, Seventh Region champions, lost in the first round of state tourney

Returning Starters: Ben Metzinger (catcher, senior), AJ Arnold (outfield, senior), Dylan Byerly (second baseman, senior), and Noah Baugher (outfielder, senior).

Other Key Players: Nick Parrish (pitcher, senior), Nick Carroll (pitcher, senior), Kaelin Racculia (infielder, sophomore), Max Medley (pitcher, senior), Matt Ramser (infielder, senior), Doug Stough (outfielder, senior), and Daylen Lile (outfielder, freshman).

2018 Outlook: We graduated more than half of our innings pitched in 2017. This year’s pitching staff will be deep, but inexperienced with 10 and 12 pitchers competing for innings. We return several every day players from last year have great depth on offense and a group of talented seniors and lots of underclassmen who will push for starting positions. We look to repeat as Seventh Region champions and hope to move further into the KHSAA Sweet 16 state baseball tournament in Lexington in June.

 

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