February 12, 2019
Central Catholic Baseball Parents, Players, Supporters & Coaches,
I wanted to share with all of you some information regarding “our” program as we transition into the start of “official practice” for the 2019 Season on Monday. Thanks for your continued support of Fighting Irish Baseball. We hope to see you at some games this spring season.
Fighting Irish Baseball “Spirit Wear”
Included with this newsletter is the link to the on line Central Catholic Baseball Store. Many times we hear from our supporters who are looking to purchase some Fighting Irish Baseball Gear. Please keep in mind that our store is only open for a short time. You will notice that our hats are not included in this store. We sell our game hats, as well as a white hat, through our clubhouse throughout the season (while supplies last).
College Commitment for the Class of 2019
Congratulations to our Senior Players who have signed to continue their athletic and academic careers:
Jase Bowen: Michigan State (Baseball & Football)
Anthony Lutz: Ohio Northern University (Baseball)
Andrew Parker: Baldwin Wallace University (Football)
Jacob Phillips: Siena Heights University (Baseball)
Justin Schiets: Bowling Green State University (Football)
We are proud and excited for these young men and their families!
Colin Kaucher – All American
PEMBROKE, N.C. – Ohio Dominican senior catcher Colin Kaucher (Toledo, Ohio – CCHS ‘15) was tabbed as a Preseason Second Team All-American by the NCBWA last week.
Kaucher is coming off of a terrific junior campaign in which he batted .430 with eight homers, 12 doubles and 66 RBIs. He walked 26 times to account for a .514 OBP and had a .676 slugging percentage while also scoring 54 runs.
He had 27 multi-hit games and 17 multi-RBI games, took a 23 game hitting streak into the NCAA Tournament, and also had a stretch of reaching base safely in 36 straight games. Facing some of the best pitching in the region, he batted .440 in the NCAA Tournament (11-for-25) with a homer and seven RBIs and had a stretch of reaching base safely in 15 straight plate appearances in the tournament.
In 140 career games played, Kaucher is batting .368 with 12 homers, 33 doubles, 132 RBIs, 107 runs scored, a .445 OBP and a .525 slugging percentage.
Ohio Dominican begins the season with a 1 p.m. doubleheader against Grand Valley State on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Prasco Park in Mason.
This year we have the following alumni players competing on the college diamond:
Colin Kaucher (’15) – Ohio Dominican University
Scott Toland (’17) – Siena Heights University
Parker Swartz (’18) – Siena Heights University
We wish all of our alumni players the Best of Luck on the college diamond. We will keep you all updated on their progress throughout the season.
Joe Kruzel Update
Joe Kruzel (class of ’84) was introduced last week as the new Field Manager for the Springfield Cardinals which is the AA Affiliate for the St. Louis Cardinals. We are excited for Joe and his family on this promotion within the Cardinals Organization.
2019 Reverse Raffle
Save the Date – Saturday, May 11th will be our 24th Annual CCHS Baseball Reverse Raffle and Silent Auction! Once this has been fully approved we will begin to promote it so it can be a GRAND SLAM!
We realize that our current baseball e-mail list is a fraction of those out there who might like to receive our updates. If you have other family, friends, alumni or other CCHS Baseball supporters who would like to be added to our list please e-mail me back (firstname.lastname@example.org) with their name and e-mail address. We would be happy to add them to our current list.
Thanks for your continued help and support of Central Catholic Fighting Irish Baseball!
Coach Jeff Mielcarek
Central Catholic High School
2550 Cherry Street
Toledo, Ohio 43608