2022 SEASON RECAP
May 13th, 2022
CHARLOTTE, NC – Head Coach Kevin Glossner’s team wrapped up the 2022 season on Tuesday evening, losing to Marvin Ridge in the first round of the state playoffs. The Cougars finished the year with an overall record of 17-10, finishing the regular season in 2nd place in the Southwestern 4A Conference, behind nationally-ranked Providence.
DOMINANT STARTING PITCHING
Catholic was led by the pitching staff for most of the year. Seniors Will Hanson and Joey Ruller anchored the staff. Hanson finished the season with a 4 and 3 record and an ERA of 1.92. Hanson struck out 69 batters in 43.2 innings. Ruller was dominant in several of his outings, finishing the season with a 3 and 2 record and a 1.85 ERA. Ruler struck out 80 batters in 37.2 innings.
QUALITY BULLPEN OUTINGS
The Cougar bullpen played a big role this season as well. Sophomore LHP Mason Child stepped into a huge role out of the pen, becoming the go to guy late in games. Child threw 18 innings this season, with 32 strikeouts, earning two saves. Junior RHP Jake Young was another strong option for the Cougars. Young finished the year with three saves, striking out 20 in 21.1 innings. Sophomores Jack Hedrick and Brody Roderick, along with Juniors Payton Wildman, Drew Heiser, and Joe Hickman, all contributed out of the pen throughout the year as well.
STRONG OFFENSIVE NUMBERS
Several Catholic hitters had big offensive seasons, putting up big numbers and producing in big spots when needed. Junior 3B Jake Kernodle led the charge, batting .381, with 6 doubles and 2 home runs, while driving in 19 runs.. Sophomore infielder Matt Sermeno hit .313 with 4 doubles and 2 home runs, driving in 13 runs.
Sophomore outfielder Evan MacIntyre did a great job in the leadoff spot, and fellow sophomore John McKillop did a great job in the middle of the lineup, belting 2 home runs and driving in 17 RBIs. Senior infielders Nick Smith and Tommy Hoefling had good years offensively as well, with Smith hitting 3 home runs. Junior catchers Zach Vigre and Jake Reichert split time behind the dish, both doing a great job managing the pitching staff. They both helped offensively too, with Vigre finishing at .258 and Reichert at .385. The Cougars also received offensive contributions from junior outfielder Joe Rotola and sophomore infielder Joey Hall, as they stepped in and filled a variety of roles.
THANK YOU SENIORS
Seven Cougar seniors saw their high school baseball careers end on Tuesday night: Dom Artieri, Joey Ruller, Tommy Hoefling, Jack Bhojwani, Nathan Peine, Will Hanson, and Nick Smith. These guys have been an instrumental part of this program for the last several years and will forever be etched in the history of Catholic Baseball.
Three seniors will continue playing baseball at the collegiate level. Both Will Hanson and Joey Ruller will be attending Queens University of Charlotte next year, where they will join the Royals pitching staff under head coach Ross Steedley. Nick Smith is heading to Tallahassee CC, where he will play under head coach Mike McLeod.
The Catholic Baseball players will be moving into their summer baseball seasons. Several players will be playing with the area’s top-ranked travel teams, traveling across the southeast to compete in various showcase events. Catholic Baseball will continue to lift weights throughout the summer, and plan to begin fall practice in early September.
Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@diamondcougs) for updates throughout the summer.
CATHOLIC BASEBALL HISTORY
Cougar Baseball has a rich history, dating back to the early 1980s.
CCHS Baseball was led by longtime skipper Randy Belk for 34 years, retiring after the 2016 season. Coach Belk was a math teacher at CCHS for 16 years and the Dean of Students for 21 years. He led the Cougars to 460 wins on the baseball field, winning Conference Coach of the Year six times throughout his career. His teams won numerous conference championships and made the state playoffs in each of his last 14 seasons. The 1987 team lost in the state semi-finals and the 1988 team lost in the state championship game.
The 2011 Cougar Baseball team is the most decorated team as of late. The 2011 squad holds the state record for most consecutive shutouts (10) and most consecutive shutout innings (71). This team was also named the 2011 Hot Stove Team of the Year by Tripp Roakes and the South Charlotte Sports Report. The 2011 team lost in the third round of the state playoffs to Weddington HS.
From 2010 to 2013, Catholic Baseball won 4 straight conference championships.
CATHOLIC BASEBALL INFO
Catholic currently plays its home baseball games at Jack D. Hughes Park in Pineville. The ballpark is just 3 miles from the Catholic campus. The baseball facility features a collegiate-size baseball stadium, player locker room, and two cages down the left field line. A softball field, an intermediate-sized baseball field, and an all-purpose field are also on site.
The current head varsity baseball coach at Charlotte Catholic is Kevin Glossner. For more information regarding JV/Varsity Baseball, please contact coach Kevin Glossner at email@example.com and assistant coach Eddie Hull at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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