Earning at least a share of his program's first CCL championship since 2004 wasn't what was on the mind of Ray Benjamin on May 3.
The coach of the St. Charles Preparatory School baseball team had just watched his squad drop a league game 7-2 to visiting Watterson. Sure, the Cardinals already had clinched with two league games still to play, but that didn't change Benjamin's mood.
"We had nine walks and two errors and only gave up two earned runs," said Benjamin, whose team had won seven in row before playing Watterson. "We'll have to see how we bounce back from this. That will show what kind of team we have."
Benjamin had to be happy with his team's effort the following day, when the Cardinals defeated Canal Winchester 9-4 and Pickerington Central 6-3 in the St. Charles Invitational.
St. Charles was 5-1 in the CCL before playing Hartley on May 6 and Ready on May 8. It led DeSales, which was 4-3 before playing Ready on May 6, while Watterson was 3-4 and Hartley and Ready were 2-4.
The Cardinals clinched a share of the league title by defeating DeSales 5-1 on April 30. Senior Jonathan Ogden threw a three-hitter with five strikeouts and one walk to improve to 6-0 with a 1.26 ERA in 41 1/3 innings.
"That (DeSales) game was rained out (April 29) so we moved it (back) a day," Benjamin said. "Jonathan Ogden pitched well for us and he would have pitched the Watterson game had that (DeSales) game not been bumped. We feel pretty good when he's on the mound for us."
Entering the week, senior Jerad Kitzler was 4-1 with 14 strikeouts, 19 walks and a 2.53 ERA in 27 2/3 innings. Junior Graham Plageman was 3-1 with eight strikeouts, 11 walks and a 3.79 ERA in 24 innings. Junior Trey Willard was 1-2 in 31 1/3 innings with 29 strikeouts, 14 walks and a 2.90 ERA. Senior Lucas Glover was 3-1 in 15 2/3 innings with nine strikeouts, eight walks and a 4.47 ERA.
Junior Eric Heiden (3B/OF) led the offense with a .424 batting average to go with a .446 on-base percentage, 16 RBI and 14 runs. Junior Andrew Fenlon (C) was batting .397 with a .536 on-base percentage, 17 RBI and 15 runs.
Kitzler (OF) was batting .352 with a .467 on-base percentage, 15 stolen bases, 16 runs and 11 RBI. Junior Charlie Kolp (INF) was hitting .384 with a .461 on-base percentage, 21 runs and 18 RBI.
Junior Jacob Weikert (INF) was batting .306 and had a .500 on-base percentage thanks to 21 walks. He had scored 21 runs and had driven in 13.
Senior Patrick Quinlan (OF) was batting .320 and senior Leo Piela (OF) was at .310.
Tennis team sweeps through CCL slate
The tennis team defeated Watterson 3-2 on April 30 to go 4-0 in the CCL and win the league title. The Cardinals last won the championship in 2011.
"It always feels good to win the league," said coach Linda Myers, whose team was 7-4 overall before playing Upper Arlington's B team on May 7.
Rounding out the league standings entering the week were Watterson (2-1), DeSales (1-2) and Hartley and Ready (both 0-2).
Against Watterson, sophomore Connor Yakubov won 6-4, 6-1 at second singles, junior William Niermeyer won 6-2, 6-4 at third singles and the second-doubles team of seniors Jack Groeber and Trey Stranges won 6-2, 7-5.
Freshman Sam Sullivan lost 6-0, 6-2 at first singles and the first-doubles team of juniors David Kellogg and Connor Mentel lost 6-3, 6-1.
"We knew it might come down to second doubles and it did," Myers said.
"Jack and Trey won the first set and were losing the second set. ... But Jack held his serve to make it 5-5 and then they won the next two games to win. It went right down to the wire."
The Cardinals will play in a Division I sectional tournament May 16 and 18 at Upper Arlington.
Lacrosse team loses three of four
The lacrosse team was 8-5 before playing Westerville Central on May 7.
The Cardinals had a six-game winning streak snapped with a 10-6 loss to Olentangy on April 23 and then lost two of their next three contests.
St. Charles defeated Pickerington Central 9-8 on April 25 before losing to DeSales 7-5 on April 27 and Cleveland St. Ignatius 13-4 on May 4.
Against Olentangy, senior midfielders Stuart Hudelson and Marcus Ward both scored twice and senior midfielder David Shuster and junior attacker John Browne both had one goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Nicolas Carducci made eight saves.
Junior attacker Ryan Cleary and Hudelson both had two goals against Pickerington Central. Browne, Shuster, Ward, junior midfielder Brian Doney and sophomore attacker Nick Carter all scored once and Carducci had nine saves.
Cleary scored twice against DeSales, while Carter, Doney and Hudelson scored once.
Herriman finds success on track
Senior Will Herriman won the 800 meters (1 minute, 58.2 seconds) for the track and field team in the two-day Central Ohio All-Star Invitational that concluded May 4 at Hamilton Township.
In the shot put, senior Phil LaFleur was fourth (44 feet, 6 3/4 inches) and junior David Heil was sixth (44-6 1/4) as the Cardinals finished 11th (24) of 14 teams behind champion Gahanna (109). Sophomore Nick Marino was fifth in the 3,200 (10:23.28).
Herriman was fourth in the 300 hurdles (40.61) and sophomore Emmit Bryan was sixth in the 400 (51.18) in the two-day Huber Heights Wayne Invitational that concluded May 3. St. Charles tied Beavercreek and Cincinnati Princeton for 20th (11) of 35 teams behind champion Mason (94.5).
The Cardinals finished eighth (45) in the 11-team Fulton Relays on April 26 at Lancaster behind champion Pickerington North (89). The 1,600 relay of junior Ben Carlisle, Bryan, junior Justin Law and Herriman was third in 3:30.23 and the sprint relay of junior Najeem Babatunde, senior Evan Brown, senior Jonathan Radney and sophomore Nathan Herriman was third in 1:36.04.
The 400 relay of Babatunde, Brown, Bryan and Radney was third (44.1) and the 6,400 relay of senior Connor Bowman, senior Tom Krajnak, Marino and senior Brian Vetter was fourth (18:52.95).