Report provided by John Fogarty and Coaches:
Baseball (Coach Sean Ryan)
Cadets Blank Saints to Claim State Title
COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. – Benedictine picked the perfect time to play its best game of the year.
Zach Joseph tossed a two-hit shutout with nine strikeouts, and the Cadets broke from a 1-0 game with five runs in the top of the seventh inning to upset St. Christopher’s 6-0 and claim their second Virginia Independent Schools state championship.
Benedictine (21-7) broke through against Saints ace Campbell Henkel, who had thrown a perfect game against the Cadets two weeks ago and was 9-0 with a sub-1.00 ERA, with a run in the top of the fifth. Jake Wood singled to right center, and Mark Measell bunted him to second. After Michael Childress (1 for 2, 1 R, 2 SB) singled to left and stole second to put runners on second and third, Colton Konvicka (2 RBI) drove in Wood with a grounder to short.
Joseph, who finished his week with 13 innings, no runs, five hits and 20 strikeouts, continued to mow down the Saints (23-4). Konvicka made a full-extension, diving grab after racing to the gap in left field to rob St. Chris of a hit, and senior shortstop Teddy Kozak made several nice plays as the Cadets played errorless ball.
The Cadets put it away with five runs in the seventh. Measell doubled down the line in left, and Childress bunted him up, but the Saints misplayed the bunt and Childress reached. Konvicka hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Measell to make it 2-0, and Kozak was hit by a pitch, and Chris Dyer (2 for 3) walked to load the bases.
Then, the play of the game.
Andrew Woods (2 for 3) tapped a slow roller toward the mound. Henkel tried to glove and flip to the catcher to get the speedy Childress at the plate but was late and wild. Kozak raced around third and scored from second for a 4-0 lead. The Cadets added two more runs, including pinch-runner Sam Dodson scoring on a suicide squeeze attempt that bounced away from the catcher.
Joseph allowed his second hit of the game in the seventh, but ended in style with a strikeout, sending the Cadets into a massive dogpile on top of the mound. After shaking hands with the Saints, a group of about 30 or 40 BHS students engulfed the Cadets for an on-field celebration.
Cadets 6, Saints 0. Ten years after BHS earned its first state title in baseball, the 2010 Cadets captured the school’s second.
VISAA Division 1 -- Congratulations to the following:
First Team All-State
2nd Team All-State
Coach of the Year
Lacrosse (Coach Gerry Gaughran)
Tennis (Coach Sean McAloon)
The tennis team won the Cavalier Conference Tournament and ended the season with a record of 10-8.
Track (Coach Scott Schaefer)
This season was quite successful from beginning to end. The team won the Benedictine Relays and Cavalier Conference Championship. The team won the Cavalier Conference meet by over 100 points. At State Catholic, the team brought home the "Runner’s Up" trophy, which was there best finish in many years. Many Cadets shined in this meet at the Abbey including:
100 Meters: Michael Childress- 1st (he was undefeated in the 100 this season)
Shot Put: Patrick McKenna- 1st and Omar Torres 2nd
Discus: Zach Holland- 1st and Patrick McKenna 2nd
Long Jump- Colton Konvicka 2nd
4 x 800- 2nd place- Wyatt Haas, Jack Weisbrod, Jonathan and Matthew Reardon
800- Wyatt Haas- 3rd
1600- Jack Lonergan 2nd and Jonathan Reardon 3rd
3200- Matthew Readon 2nd
The following week at the VISAA meet Omar Torres and Patrick McKenna placed in Shot Put while our 4x400 relay team of Wyatt Haas, Chris Toler and Jonathan and Matthew Reardon placed as well. The highlight of the meet came in the first running event when the 4x800 team of Jack Weisbrod, Wyatt Haas, and Matthew and Jonathan Reardon placed third running a time of 8:19 to break a 13 year old school record. This was special for the group because they now have bragging rights over their coach who was part of the old record breaking team!
Thank you to Luke Puccinelli for coordinating the 2nd annual Middies Golf Scramble. The event raised over $5000 for the Middies Football program. Thanks to everyone who participated and supported this great event.