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This offseason has proven to be another bountiful year for Griffin Baseball Players and moving on to the next level. Three of our Griffins signed their National Letter of Intent (NLI) during the November signing period while two more inked letters in the most recent February period. In November, Brock Daniels showed why he is considered one of the top signees in the state of Missouri when he put his name on the line to make his commitment to the University of Oklahoma. Two other Griffins saw their dream of playing college baseball live on as they signed their letters as well. Joe Dasho signed to continue playing at Jefferson Jr. College while Max Clark signed his letter with Washburn University in Kansas.
The signings kept coming in the month of February as Riley Clancy inked his deal with St. Louis Community College while Hunter Beck will continue his career at Drury University in Springfield, MO. Cole Petrus also signed his NLI on that day with the University of Kansas to play football for the Jayhawks, but still has aspirations of trying to do both while he is in Lawrence.
Congratulations are in order for senior, CJ Cepicky and junior, Brock Daniels who were both named to the National High School Baseball Coaches Association, 2020 Missouri Pre-Season All-American Team. Both CJ & Brock will be in their third year of starting for the Griffins when the 2020 season kicks off on March 20 and both were very productive in their respective Area Code Games they participated in at the end of this past summer in Huntington Beach, CA. Cepicky, a senior, has signed his National Letter of Intent to play at the University of Missouri next year and Daniels, a junior, has verbally committed to play at the University of Oklahoma in the fall of 2021. You can CLICK HERE to see the entire Missouri watch list from the NHSBCA.
Collegiate Baseball Newspaper recently released their Pre-Season National Rankings of their Top 30 Teams and your Vianney Griffins come in at #29. The Griffins are the only team from the state of Missouri ranked in the Top 30 and are one of only three teams from the Midwest that cracked the Top 30. Har-Ber High School (27) from Springdale, AR and Millard West High School (28) from Omaha, NE were the only other schools from the Midwest ranked.
In 2018, the Griffins finished the season ranked 3rd Nationally following their 37-2 State Championship campaign. Click Here to see the entire Pre-Season Ranking. Pre-Season practice for the Griffins begins Monday, March 2.
Senior center fielder, CJ Cepicky was recently named 1st Team Pre-Season All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. CJ is a University of Missouri signee who was named an Honorable Mention All-American following his sophomore campaign along with 1st team All-State. As a junior he was again named to the All-State Team. This past summer CJ was selected to attend the prestigious Under Armour Area Code Games in Huntington Beach, CA. Click here to see a list of all the Preseason All-Americans.
Congratulations to senior Nathan Beaton who was recently named a Finalist for the Rising Star Award which is presented by the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame. Nathan is one of five finalist for the award and the winner will be announced April 19 at the annual St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame Banquet held at the Westport Sheraton Chalet.
Mitch Green became the 7th member of the Vianney Baseball Family to sign a National Letter of Intent when he signed with the UMSL Tritons in mid December. Since Mitch's decision came after the initial baseball signing ceremony, Vianney will formally celebrate Mitch's signing at one of the upcoming signing ceremonies.
|6 Vianney Griffin Baseball Players signed their National Letter's of Intent on Day 1 of the early signing period to continue their academics and baseball at various colleges across the nation. (L to R) Sam Altobella, Andrew Buescher, Nathan Beaton, Coach Scott Brown, Matt Kaiser, CJ Cepicky & Devin Ward|
|Sam Altobella - INF||Nathan Beaton - RHP|
|University of Illinois-Springfield||Maryville University|
|Andrew Buescher - INF||CJ Cepicky - OF|
|Quincy University||University of Missouri-Columbia|
|Matt Kaiser - RHP||Devin Ward - OF|
|Missouri S & T||Marshall University|
The 2020 Varsity Baseball Schedule was released on Friday, October 11. Back again this year is a doubleheader at Lee's Summit West this year it is with the Rockhurst Hawklets. Also back on the schedule are the Tigers of St. Xavier in Louisville, KY. this year they will be travelling to Vianney for the doubleheader. The schedules for the Lindbergh/Mehlville Tournament and the Midwest Classic have not been released yet. Those will be posted when they become available. To see all the games click on the tab on the left for the varsity schedule.
Nathan Beaton led the way for Vianney Baseball in bringing in post season honors following a stellar junior campaign on the mound, in which he turned in a dazzling 0.57 ERA. That ERA just narrowly missed on breaking the single season record, which was established by Luke Mann just 2 seasons ago. Nathan's accomplishments on the mound were rewarded by earning 1st Team All-State by the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association, 1st Team All-Metro by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Pitcher-of-the-Year for the Metro Catholic Conference and 1st Team All-Metro Catholic Conference at pitcher.
CJ Cepicky followed up a stellar sophomore campaign with a strong junior year and was rewarded by being named 2nd Team All-State Outfielder by the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association and 1st Team All-Conference Outfielder in the Metro Catholic Conference.
Also earning 1st Team All-Conference Recognition were: Ryan Insco-P; Brock Daniels-INF; Max Luna-DH. Earning 2nd Team All-Conference were: Joe Dasho-P; Ryan Weis-P; Hamilton Anderson-C; Andrew Buescher-INF; Nico Hagen-INF; Devin Ward-OF; Jacob McCauley-OF
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Vianney's State Championship run was not only being recognized by the state of Missouri but it was also being recognized nationally from the start of the season to the end of the season. In the end the Griffins finished as the #3 ranked team in the nation. Not since the 1992 Soccer team has a Vianney team finished this high in the national rankings. That year the Griffin soccer team went 30-0-2 and finished ranked #1 in the Nation. This year's baseball team finished the season a remarkable 37-2 and finished anywhere from #3 to #7 in every major national end-of-the-season poll, and in the end,when Max Preps released their Super 25 Composite Poll, the Griffins ranked as the 3rd best team in the United States. Listed below are all of the Final Polls recognizing Vianney's tremendous season.
#1 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
#1 - Missouri High School Coaches Association
#1 - Missouri Prep Baseball Report
#1 - Max Preps Midwest Region
#1 - USA Today Midwest Region
#3 - Max Preps Top 25 Composite Ranking
#3 - Collegiate Baseball National Ranking
#6 - Baseball America Top 25
#6 - USA Today Top 25 Poll
#6 - BCA (High School Baseball Coaches Association of America)
#7 - Perfect Game Super 50
#7 - Max Preps Excellent 25
Luke Mann's senior campaign is one that will not only go down as one of the best seasons ever by a Vianney baseball player but also as one of the best ever in the St. Louis area and the state of Missouri for that matter. Not only was Luke an amazing 10-0 on the mound with 102 strikeouts against only 20 walks in 70 1/3 innings pitched and a miniscule 1.09 ERA, but he also became only the 4th player in Vianney history with a .500 or better batting average (.513) and set school marks for Hits (60), RBI's (61), Total Bases (114), Extra Base Hits (28) and Home Runs (12). For his efforts Luke has garnered possibly the most post season honors of any other player in Vianney Baseball history. Listed below are the majority of awards bestowed onto Luke following the 2018 season.
Collegiate Baseball 1st Team All-American
ABCA 2nd Team All-American
Perfect Game/Rawlings HM All-American
ABCA 1st Team All-Region 5
Perfect Game/Rawlings 1st Team All Central Region
USA Today 2nd Team All-American
USA Today/American Family Insurance Missouri Player-of-the-Year
Missouri Gatorade Player-of-the-Year
Perfect Game Missouri Player-of-the-Year
Prep Baseball Report (PBR) Missouri Player-of-the-Year
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Player-of-the-Year
MHSBCA 1st Team All-State
Metro Catholic Conference Player & Pitcher-of-the-Year
(first time given to same player)
Greater St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall-of-Fame Rising Star Award Winner
Vianney alumnus Mike Paradoski '99 shares his Griffin sports photos with fans. See them here.