CJ Celebrates State Tournament Win

Updated (July 10): The Eagles state winning baseball team will be honored by the Dayton Dragons during the Dragons' game on Monday, July 16. Ticket information can be found here.

Update (June 3): Congratulations to the Eagles baseball team! They won the state championship game against Wapakoneta, 3-1.

A community celebration will be held on Thursday, June 7 at 7 p.m. at the Mary, Our Lady of Victory gym.  All are invited.

First report: Members of the Eagles baseball team have called it the Revenge Tour.

“Since the season began, we’ve had a countdown to Huntington,” said David Ernst ‘18.

For the team to return to the state tournament for a second year in a row was the goal. To play Tallmadge High School again, and defeat them after losing to the Blue Devils in the state championship in 2017 is the first step. CJ will have that opportunity on Friday, June 1 at 7 p.m. when the Eagles and Blue Devils face off under the lights at Huntington Park in Columbus.

“It’s pretty exciting,” shared head coach Mike Barhorst ‘85. “We had to toil through a lot of sub-500 seasons, but these last five years where we’ve made several post-season appearances, including two state appearances - it’s just been crazy.”

Team captains Ernst, Ryan Peltier ‘18, and Ben Thomas ‘18, feel the same way.

“We didn’t want our season to end - we knew we had to go back to state,” said Thomas.

“After we walked off the field last year, that was on everyone’s mind - to play Tallmadge again,” added Peltier. “And now we get the actual chance.”

Barhorst said despite losing talented seniors last year, the team rebuilt as current seniors stepped up and new additions rounded out the team.

“We’ve definitely improved our hitting,” Barhorst shared. “We didn’t have as many guys through the batting order last year who could contribute against big time pitching. Everyone in the lineup this year has been contributing and hopefully that will let the pitchers and defense be able to do their job.”

The seniors said while it’s a great feeling to continue playing baseball despite already graduating from CJ, there is still something left for them to do.

“When we graduated, we were talking and I said we have two more things to do - win regional and state titles,” Ernst said. “We have already done one of them.”

Good luck, Eagles!

Posted May 31, 2018