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The 2013 Vianney Baseball Seniors display the District Championship Plaque following their 17-2 victory over the Oakville Tigers. The Griffins will next take on the Seckman Jaguars on Tuesday, May 21 at Seckman High School. Game time is 4:15 pm.
Vianney Incoming Freshman Baseball Camp: June 3-6; 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Vianney 6th-8th Grade Baseball Camp: June 10-13; 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Vianney 2nd-5th Grade Baseball Camp: June 17-20; 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Griffins won their Sectional matchup against the Seckman Jaguars 6-1 on Tuesday at Seckman High School. The Griffins got a complete game victory from Jake Hemphill and offensively were led by Mat Jones and his 2 doubles and Chris Cornelius with his 2 RBI's. With the victory the Griffins advance to the Quarterfinal game on Thursday when they will take on the CBC Cadets. The game will be played at Vianney with first pitch scheduled for 4:30 pm.
Congratulations go out to the following members of the Vianney Baseball team who were selected to the 1st Team All-Conference Team by the coaches of the MCC: Matt Brown, 3B; Jack Klages, C; Nick Allgeyer, OF; Jake Hemphill, P. In addition, these players were selected to the 2nd Team: Alex Hoffmann, P; Garrett Staskewicz, P; Mat Jones, 1B; Matt Dreyer, DH. The following were voted Honorable Mention by the league coaches: Chris Cornelius, 2B; Kyle McGuire, P; Kevin Dvorak, OF. Finally, Matt Brown was voted Player-of-the-Year for the Conference as well. Congratulations to all these young men on recieivng these honors. For a complete list click on this link: 2013 All-MCC Team
The Vianney Baseball team defeated the Oakville Tigers 17-2 at Lindbergh High School to win the championship of Class 5 District 2. Jake Hemphill scattered 7 hits and went the distance for the Griffins. Offensively the Griffins were led by Nick Allgeyer who went 4-4 and had 4 RBI's and Matt Brown who went 3-4 with 4 RBI's. Mat Jones hit a homerun to cap off a 4 run 1st inning and the Griffins never looked back. Up next for Vianney are the Seckman Jaguars, in the State Sectional Game, on Tuesday, May 21. The game will be played at Seckman starting at 4:15 pm.
The Vianney Griffins Baseball team had to pull a rabbit out of its hat on Monday to escape with a win against the Mehlville Panthers in the District 2 Semifinals at Lindbergh. Trailing all game, due to their own sloppy play, the Griffins came through with 5 runs in the Bottom of the 5th to move ahead of the Panthers 9-7 and then never looked back. Garrett Staskewicz came in to relieve in the Top of the 5th and finished off the game without giving up any more runs to pick up the win. Chris Cornelius and Matt Brown led the way offensively for the Griffins with 3 RBI's a piece.
The Griffins are back at Lindbergh on Tuesday for the District Championship against the Oakville Tigers, who were 5-0 winners against Kirkwood in the other Semifinal game. Game time is 4:15 pm.
The Vianney Griffins wrapped up their regular season schedule with a 9-3 victory over the John Burroughs Bombers at Burroughs on Saturday. The Griffins were paced offensively by the Brown Brothers. Matt Brown hit 2 home runs, which gives him the school record with 15 in his career, and Chris added 2 RBI's himself wtih a 6th inning single. On the mound the Griffins used 6 pitchers to get everyone ready for District play, which starts on Monday.
The Griffins lost to the DeSmet Spartans 2-1 in their final MCC Game of the year. The loss was their 3rd 1-run loss in a row this week after falling 3-2 to Triad Tuesday afternoon and then SLUH 1-0 later that evening. The Griffins wasted a solid pitching performance by senior Jim Brady, on Senior Day. The Griffins wrap up the regular season on Saturday against John Burroughs.
Seniors Matt Brown and Jack Klages have been selected to compete in two All-Star Games at the conclusion of this season. The first All-Star Game that they have been chosen for is the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association Senior All-Star Game. This game will be played on June 8 at 6:00 PM at the City Centre Field in St. Peters. This game matches senior All-Stars from both side of the state of Missouri in Class 5.
The second All-Star game they have been selected for is the PNC High School MO/IL Baseball Showcase. This game will be played at 7:00 PM, Friday, June 14 at Busch Stadium. This game matches senior All-Stars from both side of the Mississippi River and is coached by former St. Louis Cardinal Players, Alan Benes and Chirs Duncan. For more information click on the link above.
In a game that was pushed back to a 5:00 pm start to get the field ready, the Griffins Baseball team moved to 4-2 in MCC play, to stay in contention for the league title, with a 9-2 victory over Marianist Rival, Chaminade. The Griffins were paced offensively by Kevin Dvorak's 3 RBI's and Matt Dreyer's 2. On the mound, Alex Hoffmann pitched six strong innings to pick up the win and Jack Kemper came in and closed it out in the seventh.
Vianney bounced back from Tuesday's loss to sweep a doubleheader over Marianist Rivals, St. Mary's. Jimmy Brady went the distance in the first game as the Griffings came out on top 7-2. Brady allowed 2 runs in the first, only one of which was earned and then shut down the Dragons the rest of the way. In the night cap, Jake Hemphil, Jack Kemper and Jake Ludwig combined to shut out the Dragons 6-0. Kevin Dvorak had the big hit for the Griffins, in the first inning, a bases clearing double. Matt Brown added 2 RBI's for the Griffins.
The Vianney Baseball team let one slip away against the CBC Cadets 6-3, in a game played at Missouri Baptist University. Tied through four, the Griffins ran themselves out of the inning in the Top of the Fifth and then watched as the Cadets pecked away to get 5 in the Bottom of the 5th. The Griffins tried to mount a rally in the seventh but fell short. The loss snapped the Griffins 10 game winning streak.
In a game that was played on the turf at GCS Stadium (home of the Frontier League Gateway Grizzlies) in conditions ranging from a heavy mist to an all out downpour, the Vianney Griffins came from behind to defeat the Francis Howell Central Spartans 10-9 on a walk off single by Matt Dreyer. Nursing a 4-3 lead going into the top of the 6th the Spartan bats came alive as the nighttime skies started to open up. 6 runs later the Spartans went up 9-4. Not to be outdone, the Griffins regrouped and put up 5 runs of their own in the bottom of the 6th. This led to the 7th inning dramatics. After each of the first three batters reached base, Dreyer laced a 1-1 fastball to centerfield for the game winning hit.
The Vianney Griffins improved to 16-5 on the year and 3-1 in MCC play as they defeated the Jr. Bills 3-2 on Wednesday. Alex Hoffman, Kyle McGuire and Garrett Staskiewicz combined on the 5-hitter and only allowed 1 earned run. Kevin Dvorak was 2-3 on the day and was robbed of a 3rd hit by a spectacular catch by the SLUH Centerfielder. Matt Brown also had 2 hits on the day and scored the game winning run on a Sac Fly my Mat Jones.
The Vianney Griffins swept a double header on Saturday in games played at Vianney. In Game 1 the Griffins beat the Parkway Central Colts 4-1. Junior, Jake Hemphill got the win on the mound for the Griffins and Senior, Kyle McGuire got the save. In Game 2 the Griffins beat the Parkway West Longhorns 6-3. Senior Alex Hoffman got the win on the mound in relief of Senior, Jim Brady, while Senior, Matt Brown had the big blow offensively, a 3-run home run and then Junior Mat Jones sealed the game with an RBI double late in the game.
Congratulations go out to a trio of Vianney Senior Baseballl Players on signing their National Letter of Intent on Friday, April 19, in a ceremony in the Vianney Leadership Center. Jim Brady signed to play at Lindenwood University-Belleville, Alex Hoffmann signed to play at Truman State University and Ryan Wood signed to play at University of Indianapolis. Congratulations to all three of these outstanding young men and their families on this achievement. Best of luck to all three of you in the Fall of 2013 in Fall Baseball Practice.
Congratulations go out to Senior Matt Brown who was named the winner of the 2013 Rising Star Award presented by the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall-of-Fame. Brown was presented the award on April 18 at the Hall-of-Fame Banquet held at the Westport Sheraton Chalet Hotel. Brown was announced as one of the finalist for the award back in December and was selected as the winner over a select group of players from the St. Louis Metro Area. The other finalist were: Drew Curtis (Edwardsville); Brent Gibbs (Alton); Lex Kaplan (Ladue); Ben Lovell (Westminster).
Congratulations go out to Sophomore Matt McCauley who was recently invited to play in the Prep Baseball Report (PBR) Missouri Top Prospects Games June 18 & 19 in St. Louis
Congratulations go out to Junior OF/LHP Nick Allgeyer who last evening gave a verbal commitment to the University of Iowa to play baseball for the Hawkeyes starting in the Fall of 2014. Iowa competes in the Big 10 Conference. He will join two other MCC players who currently play for the Hawkeyes, Sasha Kuebel (SLUH) and Brian Niedbalski (DeSmet).
Vianney travelled to Ft. Zumwalt West on Friday in a makeup game in the Midwest Classic and came away with a 4-3 victory over a good Jaguar team. Jake Hemphill scattered 10 hits but did not walk a batter and only gave up 2 earned runs as he came within 1 out of a complete game. Brendan McEntee paced the Griffins at the plate going 3 for 3 and 2 RBI's while Matt Dreyer knocked in the other 2 runs with a double in the sixth inning.
The Griffins improved to 2-1 in MCC play with a hard fought 8-6 victory against the Spartans on their home field. Alex Hoffmann and Garrett Staskiewicz combined to hold off DeSmet, who came into the game with a 9-1 record. At the plate Matt Dreyer was on base 4 times and Nick Allgeyer, Matt Brown, Kevin Dvorak and Chris Cornelius all had key RBI hits.
The Griffins split their double header with Ft. Zumwalt West and South on Saturday at Vianney. In the first game the Griffins had a solid pitching performance from Kyle McGuire and timely hitting at the plate to beat the Ft. Zumwalt West Jaguars 5-3. In Game 2 the Griffins wasted an outstanding outing on the mound by Jake Hemphill as the Griffins couldnt hold on to the late inning lead and fell to the Ft. Zumwalt South Bulldogs.
The Griffins just couldn't get things going with their bats and wasted a solid pitching performance by Jim Brady as they dropped their first conference game of the year 3-2 at Chaminade against the Red Devils. The Chaminade southpaw kept the Griffins off balanced all game as Vianney evened their MCC record to 1-1.
The Vianney Griffins opened up play in the MCC by beating the #1 ranked team in the St. Louis Area, the CBC Cadets, by a score of 8-3. Three Griffins combined on the mound to keep the Cadets in check and Kevin Dvorak had a 2-run double to break the game open in the 5th inning. To read more about the game click on the link to the Post-Dispatch article written by Nat Latsch.
The Griffins did not fare well coming off the delay from the foot of snow that fell in St. Louis at the start of their Spring Break. Coming off the 6-0 start the Griffins did not fare as well in teh Midwest Classic and dropped 3 games with 2 more being rained out. In game 1 Vianney lost 7-4 to Francis Howell Central in a game that was moved to Troy Buchanan High School. In Game 2 on Friday the Griffins struggled again and lost 7-2 to the Ft. Zumwalt East Lions. On Saturday the Griffins fell to the Ft. Zumwalt South Bulldogs, at Summit H.S. by a score of 8-5. Game 2 on Saturday was moved to back to Troy Buchanan High School and were leading the Sedalia Tigers by a score of 3-0 when the rain washed away the game.
The Vianney Griffins travelled to Columbia, MO on Saturday, March 23 to take on the Hickman Kewpies and the Waynesville Tigers. In Game 1 the Griffins blanked the Kewpies, on a brisk morning, 8-0. Jimmy Brady and Garrett Staskewicz combined for the shut out, only giving up two hits in the game. Brady got the victory pitcing the first four inning and Staskewicz picked up the three inning Save. Matt Brown hit a three run homerun in the 6th inning to put the game away, while Brendan Madden had a double, single and a walk in the victory. The one dark spot in the game came in the 4th inning when Senior, Ryan Wood broke his foot rounding second base.
In Game 2 Jake Hemphill paced the Griffins on the mound throwing 5 innings of one run ball. Alex Hoffmann pitched a scoreless 6th inning and Nick Allgeyer picked up the Save by pitching the 7th inning. Matt Brown paced the offense with three hits while Allgeyer added a pair of RBI's
On Friday, the Vianney Griffins defeated the Mehlville Panthers at Mehlville 9-5 to take home the championship of the 43rd Annual Lindbergh/Mehlville Baseball Tournament. Kyle McGuire threw 6 innings for the victory giving up only 2 runs. Mat Jones hit the first homerun of his varsity career and Jack Klages added three hits to pace the offense. It was the Griffins 7th Championship in the 43 years of the tournament. The 7 Championships put them in 2nd place in tournament history for the most titles. Oakville has won the most in the history of the tournament. They have won 10.
The Vianney Griffins moved one step closer to the Lindbergh/Mehlville Championship as they defeated the Webster Groves Statesmen at Vianney High School on Wednesday by a score of 5-3. Senior, Alex Hoffmann got the win for the Griffins as he threw 5 strong innings and Junior, Garrett Staskewicz picked up his first varsity save as he pitched a scoreless final two innings. Seniors Ryan Wood and Brendan McEntee lead the Griffins at the plate as the two combined to go 5 for 6 at the plate. The Griffins play the final game of the tournament this Friday at Mehlville against the Panthers. First pitch is 4:15 pm.
This Friday, the campus of St. John Vianney High School will be home for Central Missouri State University. Rain has wreaked havoc on the Mules home schedule and with more rain in the forecast for Warrensburg they have decided to take their home games on the road. Friday's doubleheader against Washburn University, out of Topeka, KS, will start at 1:00 PM. The Mules are currently 15-2 on the season and ranked 3rd in the country in Division II. Vianney 2011 graduate Ryan Snyder is an outfielder for the Mules.
The Vianney Griffins reached the Championship Round of the Lindbergh/Mehlville Tournament as a result of their 7-4 victory over the Oakville Tigers on Friday and the 5-3 victory over the St. Mary's Dragons on Saturday. The two victories made them winners of the Oakville Pool and will now play in the Round Robin Championship Pool against the Webster Groves Statesmen and the Mehlville Panthers. Webster finished first in the Lindbergh Pool at 2-0 and Mehlville are champions of the Mehlville Pool, by virtue of a tie breaker. They finished 1-1 in Pool play. Vianney is at home on Wednesday, April 20 against Webster Groves and at Mehlville on Friday, April 22, against the Panthers.
Congratulations go out to Senior Ryan Wood who has committed to the University of Indianapolis to continue his baseball career. Ryan will be an infielder for the Greyhounds beginning next fall. Ryan will sign his letter of intent during the next signing period for baseball in April.
Congratulations and best of luck from Griffin Nation goes out to Jason Hagerty ('06) and Nick Schmidt ('04) for being invited to big league camp for their respective teams. Hagerty, a two-time State Champion while at Vianney, is a catcher in the San Diego Padres organization. He spent all of last season at AA with the San Antonio Missions of the Texas League where he hit .262 with 8 HR's. Jason was originally drafted in 2009 in the 5th Round out of the University of Miami. He has spent his entire minor league career in the Padres organization.
Schmidt, a member of the first State Championship team at Vianney, is a left handed pitcher in the Colorado Rockies organization. He spent the first part of last season at AA for the Tulsa Drillers of the Texas League before moving up to AAA with the Colorado Sky Sox of the Pacific Coast League. Nick finished the 2012 season with a combined 12-6 record. Nick was originally drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 1st Round, in 2007, out of the University of Arkansas.
Senior Alex Hoffmann recently gave his verbal committment to Truman St. University in Kirksville, MO where he will be a pitcher for the Bulldogs come next fall. Alex will sign his National Letter of Intent during the next signing period for baseball in April.
Senior Matt Brown was recently named a finalist for the Rising Star Award which is presented annually at the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall-of-Fame Dinner. This years ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at the Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel. Brown is one of six finalist from the St. Louis Metro Area and the winner will be announced that evening.
Today the Missouri State High School Activities Association released the district baseball assignments for the 2013 & 2014 seasons. Vianney has been assigned District 2 in the newly formed Class 5 in baseball and will be competing against Fox, Kirkwood, Lindbergh, Mehlville and Oakville. To see all the assignments for Class 5 click on MSHSAA Baseball.
Congratulations to seniors Matt Brown and Jack Klages who signed their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, November 14, 2014 for baseball. Both young men will continue their baseball careers next year in the powerful SEC Conference. Matt, a third baseman, who has been a four year varsity starter, signed with the University of Arkansas, while Jack, a catcher, who has been a three year varsity starter, signed with the University of Missouri.
The Class of 2012 again will send 7 seniors off to play college baseball. This marks the second year in a row that 7 Griffins have moved on to play college baseball. The Class of 2011 was 7 for 7 in seniors moving on. The list of players and their schools is impressive. Class of 2012: Aaron Bossi (University of Marshall); Jake Walters (Austin Peay University); Josh Giegling (University of Alabama-Huntsville); Petey Spradlin (Eastern New Mexico University); Tyler Picha (Coker College); Teddy Rule (Quincy University) and Nick Ulrich (Missouri S & T University). Class of 2011: Ryan Barnes (Southeast Missouri St. University); Ryan Snyder (Central Missouri St. University); Tom Lartonoix (Quincy University); Zach Knese (Quincy University); Clay Pfeiffer (Missouri Baptist University); Jake Rule (Westminster University) and Brandon Schlichtig (Northeast Oklahoma College). Ryan Enright (Fontbonne University) was also a member of the Class of 2011 but did not play baseball at Vianney his senior year. Congratulations to all of those young men on their accomplishments.
Schedules: 2013 schedules are posted under each team's link.
Vianney alumnus Mike Paradoski '99 shares his Griffin sports photos with fans. See them here.