Baseball 2019 Review
The Rebel baseball team finished the season with a 16-10 record and earned a share of the Circle City Conference title, their second conference crown in three seasons. With wins over Bishop Chatard (8-1) and Brebeuf Jesuit (12-5), the Rebels captured the first-ever Circle City Conference tournament.
After graduating a senior class that won a state title, three sectional titles and a Marion County title, the Rebels started four sophomores and a freshman for most of the season. Roncalli jumped out to an 11-3 start to the season, and after a rocky stretch, regrouped to win a share of the conference title, won the conference tournament and extended their home-field winning streak to 20 games.
Senior catcher Brian Keeney led the team with a .500 batting average. Keeney was chosen to participate in the Indiana North-South All-Star Game. He was selected to the All-Marion County team and the All-Circle City Conference team. Joining Keeney on the all-conference team were senior pitcher Erik Hommel, who won a team-high six games and junior pitcher Will Schoettle, who led the pitching staff with a 1.75 ERA. Senior infielder Nathan Gramman was named academic all-state by the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association (IHSBCA).
With the 12-0 win over Covenant Christian on April 23, head coach Aaron Kroll earned the 100th win of his five-year Roncalli tenure. He registered his 200th win overall as a head coach (including seven seasons at Ben Davis) in a 5-3 home victory over Guerin Catholic on May 8.