On Thursday, May 26, the Fighting Irish played in their first regional semi-final game since 2002. Early mistakes by STVM proved to be costly as the Tigers jumped out to a 5-0 lead in 2.5 innings. The Irish weren't done, though. They fought back and put up 4 runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning after some clutch hits. Unfortunately, the Irish gave up two more runs in the top of the 4th and just could not match Chagrin's offensive fire power that day. We would like to congratulate Chagrin Falls for their win as well as Poland Seminary for winning the regional championship and advancing to Huntington Park in Columbus to play in the state semi-finals. CLICK HERE to read an article from the game on Ohio.com.
A Message from Coach Boarman
I would like to first say thank you to all of the different people who have supported the program this past year. There are way too many to thank individually, especially after the amazing response we had while raising money for our new indoor facility. There has been a lot of blood, sweat, and tears put into this season and I cannot thank everyone enough who are responsible for making it happen. It takes a village to build a program and I am very thankful to have such a great staff, group of players, parents, administration, and fan base.
One thing I understood about this baseball program when I took over in 2009 was the history of it. My dad was the head baseball coach in the most successful times in this program's history in the 1980s. I talk to him all of the time about what it took/takes to be successful at a high level. Although the game has changed a lot in the past couple of decades, one thing remains a constant: you win with people.
This year's team was special because they got it. It was a self-less group of individuals who understood the importance of playing FOR each other instead of just playing with each other. With our schedule, we naturally went through some challenging times. Our ability to fight and persevere was special, though. I mean this in the most endearing way possible: this was not the most talented team I've ever coached, but it's proof that talent only takes you so far in this game, or any sport for that matter. A group of talented individuals are worthless if they don't know how to co-exist and work together - ours did. It didn't start in March, either. We had one of the best turnouts in the winter for workouts than any other year.
I am so proud of the guys in the program this year. From the seniors to the freshmen, they carried themselves on and off the field in a way that makes me proud as a coach and in a way that makes our school proud. A high bar has been set for the future.
The progress of getting this program back to relevance has been slower than I would have liked when I first took over, but baseball is a game of patience, so I must remind myself the same lessons we try to teach our players. I am very confident that we have made strides forward each and every year - this year is proof of that. The indoor facility/locker room was just a part of my vision for this program. Myself and my coaching staff will continue to work to make this one of the best programs in Summit County as well as in the state. I understand that we still have a long way to go, but the future is very bright and I am excited to continue to work towards bigger goals.
Thank you again to everyone from the STVM community who supported us this past season and who always have our backs win, lose, or draw. I've always said it: STVM is a special place for special people and I'm proud that I am a part of this unique community of people.
Head Baseball Coach
St. Vincent-St. Mary High School
On Wednesday, May 18, the Irish defeated Akron Springfield 2-1 after a 6th inning, two out, two RBI double from Jack Mullin. Senior Mitch Whalen pitched a gem - striking out eight batters. Senior Colin McNulty shut the door on Springfield and earned the save.
On Thursday, May 19, the Fighting Irish won their 14th District Championship in school history after defeating the Norton Panthers 4-2. STVM was lead by strong pitching performances by Brandon Bischof and Jacob Horning. Junior Ross Faetanini and Senior Nate Labbe both drove in runs for the Fighting Irish. Some early mistakes by Norton proved costly - giving up 4 runs in the first three innings. STVM capitalized on those early errors and held strong on defense for the remainder of the game to close things out. The last time the Irish won a district championship was in 2002.
STVM now moves on to play Chagrin Falls in the Hudson Regional Semi-Finals on Thursday, May 26 at 2:00 PM.
Click Here to read a write-up of the game on Ohio.com
Click Here to view the Division II Hudson Regional Bracket
STVM opened up their post-season with a 7-5 victory over the Canton South Wildcats at Summit Lake Park. Highlights from the game included a 1-6-4 triple play (Whalen to Mullin to Nolte) in the top of the second inning and a nice suicide squeeze by senior Kyle Kelly to score sophomore pinch runner Jordan Jennings. Jacob Connery had 2 singles, an RBI, and a run scored; Kyle Kelly had a single and two RBIs; Nate Labbe had two singles and an RBI; Colin McNulty had a double and an RBI; and Stephen Currie had an RBI. The Wildcats clawed back in the 6th inning after a few walks and timely hits, but the Irish held on after senior Colin McNulty earned his third save of the year. Senior Mitch Whalen earned the win, his third of the year, and struck out 8 batters.
STVM advances to the Akron Division II District Semi-Finals at Canal Park in Downtown Akron. They will play Springfield on Wednesday, May 18 at 4:00 PM. Come out and support your Fighting Irish baseball team!
Click Here to download the Akron Division II District tournament bracket.
The Fighting Irish completed the first week of their season with a 3-1 record after playing teams from North Carolina, Maryland, and West Virginia in the Mingo Bay Classic in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This was the second year in a row that the Irish went South for Spring Break - last year they played in the Cal Ripken Experience.
In game one, the Irish dropped their season opener 9-1 to the #1 ranked private school in North Carolina, High Point Christian Academy. In game two, STVM defeated Charles Flowers High School from Maryland 11-1 in 5 innings. In game three, the Irish beat Washington High School from West Virginia 4-2. In the final game, game four, STVM won 4-2 against Nitro High School, who a year ago was playing for a West Virginia Class AAA state championship.
We would like to thank the great people of the Mingo Bay Classic, especially the staff and grounds crew at Loris High School and Socastee High School for being so welcoming and making a great experience for us!
This winter, the STVM baseball team was hard at work to move its on-campus indoor training facility from the old Costigan furniture store to the Costigan warehouse behind it. Through a $50,000 in 50 days campaign run by the school, we were able to open a newly renovated and spacious home for our players. Improvements included: freshly painted walls, a locker room housing 50 custom built lockers, new LED lights, turf for the batting cage area, a coaches office, and plenty of room to work in. Thank you to all of the people who helped make this project possible!
The Fighting Irish baseball team is moving across the street to a new on-campus baseball training facility. We are currently fundraising money to complete this project. Help support the baseball and softball teams to renovate the new space that they can call home! Click the link below for more details and to donate online. http://www.stvm.com/development/baseball_softball_facility.php.