The 83rd annual OHSAA Baseball State Tournament starts Thursday at Huntington Park in Columbus and concludes Saturday. Among those in the 16-team field this spring are two nationally ranked teams, the state’s all-time leader in state titles and several schools making yet another trip to the Final Four.
The Walsh Jesuit Baseball team advanced to the State Baseball Tournament for the seventh time in school history and for the third straight year with a 10-5 victory over Marlington in a Division II regional final on Saturday.
The Warriors, who are ranked No. 4 in the country in the latest USA Today Super 25 national poll, are one of many standout teams that will invade Columbus’s Huntington Park this week for the 83rd annual OHSAA State Baseball Tournament.
Also in the field are Cincinnati Moeller (No. 6 in the country), Cincinnati Elder (the state’s most storied program), Newark Catholic (second in all-time state titles) and Hebron Lakewood (three-time state champion).
As for Walsh, the Warriors are a marquee draw.
Against Marlington, the Warriors jumped out to a 7-0 lead after two innings and never looked back. Senior and University of Dayton recruit Ryan Berry got the ball rolling with a key first inning two-out, two-run double. Senior and Kansas State recruit Johnny Fasola was again impressive, belting a deep home run (9) and also chipping in a single, walk, and three runs scored. The offensive production didn’t end there as Ohio State recruit Greg Greve had two hits, including a two-run single, and talented freshman Cassidy Brown continued his outstanding Regional play with a single and a deep RBI double.
Also hitting well on the day were seniors Marco Caponi (Butler) and Patrick Ammar (Wheeling Jesuit), juniors Jake Nogalo and Nate Lundy and sophomore Forrest Perron.
Greve did an outstanding job of pitching with the lead, striking out eight and walking one in his six innings of work, while Fasola came on to shut the door in the 7th.
With the win, Walsh improved to 29-1 on the year and will face Lakewood in the state semis on Friday. Joining the Warriors in Columbus will be fellow Cuyahoga River Baseball Conference member Lakewood St. Edward (D-I) who also advanced to the Final Four.
83rd Annual OHSAA Boys State Baseball Tournaments
Huntington Park, Columbus
$8 per person each day
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State Semfinals, Thursday, June 3
Baseball – Huntington Park, Columbus
10 a.m. Toledo Ottawa Hills vs. Fort Loramie
1 p.m. Columbiana vs. Newark Catholic
4 p.m. Wheelersburg vs. Hamilton Badin
7 p.m. Bellville Clear Fork vs. Independence
State Semifinals, June 4
10 a.m. Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller vs. Cincinnati Elder
1 p.m. Olmsted Falls vs. Lakewood St. Edward
4 p.m. Defiance vs. Plain City Jonathan Alder
7 p.m. Hebron Lakewood vs. Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit
State Finals, June 5
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – Division IV Championship
Saturday: 1:00 p.m. – Division III Championship
Saturday: 4:00 p.m. – Division I Championship
Saturday: 7:00 p.m. – Division II Championship
All-Time Championships By School
12 Championships: Cincinnati Elder (1943-52-55-56-58-59-60-73-78-84-99-05)
6 Championships: Cincinnati Reading (1942-44-46-57-74-80); Newark Catholic (1988-89-02-03-04-06)
5 Championships: Cincinnati Western Hills (1948-51-67-77-86); Coldwater (1983-84-87-90-92); Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller (1972-89-93-04-09)
4 Championships: Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit (1999-04-06-08)
3 Championships: Baltimore Liberty Union (1960-61-64); Beavercreek (1941-52-53) Cincinnati Withrow (1934-41-50); Columbus Bishop Watterson (1988-91-97); Hebron Lakewood (1993-94-05); St. Henry (1999-00-03)
Most State Tournament Appearances
19 – Cincinnati Elder (1943-46-52-54-55-56-58-59-60-61-73-78-79-84-87-96-99-05-07)
18 – Coldwater (1938-41-61-72-77-83-84-87-90-91-92-93-95-96-00-04-08-09)
12 – Lima Senior (1928-29-39-40-41-43-60-61-62-63-64-74)
11 – Tiltonsville (1931-32-33-34-35-37-40-42-43-45-53)
10 – Newark Catholic (1980-87-88-89-02-03-04-06-07-09); Cleveland St. Ignatius (1954-93-95-97-00-02-04-07-08-09); Reading (1935-41-42-44-46-57-74-80-92-09)
9 – Hamilton Badin (1975-84-91-93-96-99-05-08-09)
8 – Hebron Lakewood (1953-84-88-89-93-94-01-05); Ironton (1943-44-45-46-49-72-94-98)