St. Charles Preparatory School baseball coach Ray Benjamin believes his team's record does not reflect its talent or its potential, and he pointed to a 6-4 loss to Strongsville on April 4 as evidence.

St. Charles Preparatory School baseball coach Ray Benjamin believes his team's record does not reflect its talent or its potential, and he pointed to a 6-4 loss to Strongsville on April 4 as evidence.

The Cardinals hung with with Strongsville - ranked first in the Division I state poll last week - despite committing five errors.

"We actually had an opportunity to win that game," Benjamin said. "That shows that we can compete with good teams. I still believe we have a lot of potential to do good things. We have a lot of depth, and the nice thing about that is we do have a lot of options as far as starters."

Benjamin said the record - 7-8 through 15 games - would be better if not for inconsistent play.

"We're still finding our way," he said. "That's kind of crazy because here it is almost May, but we've played only (15) games. I'm hopeful that we'll put together seven quality innings of baseball. We have yet to do that."

Through 15 games, the team batting average was .308. Among the leading hitters were Tony Francescon (.452), Brian O'Neill (.385), Michael Eckstein (.340), Michael Martin (.333) and Patrick Ellison (.324).
"The nice thing is that it's somebody different (contributing) every day," Benjamin said. "It's one guy one day and another guy the next day."

Among those who have pitched are Francescon, O'Neill, Brad Marchese, Vinny Spahr and Mike Vrabel.

"We haven't been able to do a set rotation because of the way the season has gone so far," Benjamin said, referring to the weather. "But we've been able to run a number of guys out there because of our depth."

The Cardinals defeated Franklin Heights 17-0 in five innings April 23 as Michael Falb and Chris Wells combined to throw a no-hitter. Falb pitched the first three innings and Wells pitched the final two.

•The track and field team won the Russ Owen/Bexley Relays last Friday, scoring 104 points to finish ahead of Watterson (70), Bexley (69), Walnut Ridge (60), Marion-Franklin (56), Hartley (28) and Eastmoor (14).

Winners were Ben Price and Jordan Stumph in the shot put relay (78 feet, 9 inches), Price and Patrick Travis in the discus relay (214-6), Stevin Spees, Colin Merrill, Steve Roby and Francis in the 1,600-meter relay (3 minutes, 34.4 seconds), Merrill, Spees, Corey Snyder and Abel Negatu in the 3,200 relay (9:00.7), Snyder, Chris Quinn, Negatu and Spees in the 6,400 relay (19:45), Negatu, Merrill, Francis and Quinn in the lap medley relay (11:39.6) and Snyder, Connor Hogue, Jourdan Wickliffe and Quinn in the distance medley relay (8:26.8).

"It was a good meet for us," coach Al Hostetler said. "We kind of needed it. We have a young team and I thought it brought the team together. The kids ran hard and did what they needed to do. Hopefully, it gives us inspiration for upcoming meets, including the CCL (meet)."


At a glance
Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the St. Charles tennis and lacrosse teams:

TENNIS
April 22 - Def. Reynoldsburg 3-0
*April 23 - Def. Ready 5-0
Last Friday - Def. Dublin Jerome 5-0
*Last Tuesday - Played Worthington Christian
Last Wednesday - Played Lancaster
*Today - Home vs. DeSales
*Friday - Home vs. Hartley
Monday - Home vs. Hilliard Davidson
*Tuesday - At Watterson
Of note: The Cardinals were 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the CCL before last Tuesday.

LACROSSE
April 17 - Lost to Saltsburg (Pa.) Kiski 9-4
April 18 - Def. Pickerington club 13-9
April 23 - Def. Hilliard Darby 17-3
Last Friday - Def. Dublin Scioto 7-6
Last Wednesday - Played Westerville South
Friday - At Dublin Coffman
Wednesday - At Olentangy Liberty
Of note: The Cardinals were 5-3 before last Wednesday.
*CCL contest

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the St. Charles baseball, track and field and volleyball teams:

BASEBALL
April 16 - Defeated Briggs 12-1
*April 17 - Lost to Watterson
11-3
April 18 - Def. Whitehall 16-0; def. Whitehall 17-7
*April 20 - Lost to DeSales
10-2
*April 22 - Def. Ready 10-3
April 23 - Def. Franklin Heights 17-0
*Last Friday - Lost to Hartley
9-2
Last Saturday - Lost to Westerville North 6-5
*Last Monday - Lost to Watterson 8-0
*Last Tuesday - Played Worthington Christian
*Friday - At DeSales
Saturday - Home vs. Groveport (doubleheader)
*Monday - At Ready
*Wednesday - Home vs. Hartley
Of note: The Cardinals were 7-9 overall and 2-4 in the CCL before last Monday.
*CCL game

TRACK & FIELD
April 18 - Finished third (95) in nine-team Hornet Invitational at Licking Heights behind Olentangy Orange (116) and DeSales (111)
Last Friday - Finished first (104) in seven-teams Russ Owen/Bexley Relays
Friday - At Huber Heights Wayne Invitational
Wednesday - At Red Devil Relays at Marion-Franklin

VOLLEYBALL
April 14 - Def. Worthington
Kilbourne 25-18, 25-23, 18-25,
25-20
April 16 - Lost to Akron Hoban 21-25, 25-16, 20-25, 25-16,
15-13
April 18 - Finished third in Wolf Open at Kilbourne. St. Charles beat Kilbourne 27-25, 25-22, 25-16 and Cincinnati LaSalle 25-20, 25-23, 11-25, 25-21 and lost to Louisville (Ky.) St. Xavier 25-21, 18-25, 25-20, 25-18
*April 21 - Def. Whetstone 25-11, 25-11, 25-13
*April 23 - Def. Licking Heights 25-4, 25-7, 25-5
*Last Tuesday - Played Gahanna Christian
*Today - At Watterson
Of note: The Cardinals were 13-4 before last Tuesday.
*COVL match