Benedictine baseball program is coming off a solid season under first year coach Eric Peterson.
Recently, Peterson officially announced his first ever recruiting class with the Ravens for the 2019-2020 season.
“We are extremely excited about our first class as a coaching staff here at Benedictine College,” Peterson said. “Coach Mitchell, Coach Stilwell, and Coach Hay have done an incredible job of identifying, recruiting and signing a class of young men that exemplify everything that we are looking for in our program.”
The class is made up of 18 players with eight from Kansas. four from California, two from Arizona, and one player from Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois and Oklahoma.
Two of the Kansas recruits are Ayden Black and Zach Schwinn who are both Maur Hill-Mount Academy products.
Ayden helped MHMA to its third Northeastern Kansas League title in four years. While also named first team All Northeastern Kansas League at the catcher position.
“We are excited to add someone of Ayden’s character and leadership qualities to our program, Peterson said. “Ayden will create depth behind the plate and throw meaningful innings for us in the future.
Schwinn was selected All-Northeast Kansas League for the infield and of course will also be playing basketball at the college.
“Zach is another local product that brings a lot of athleticism to our program,” Peterson said. “An infielder for the Maur Hill program, Zach is just scratching the surface of his abilities on the field.
The class also includes a pair a players from the Lawrence area in infielders Garrett Romero and Creighton Cordova.
Romero played at Lawrence High School earning first team all sunflower league and first team all-state honors while leading the Lions to a 16-6 record.
“Garrett is a great addition to the program as he will provide us with depth on the infield and will make an impact right away at the plate,” Peterson said. “Romero comes from a well-coached high school program that will have him prepared to help us win immediately.
Cordova is a left-handed-hitter and played at Lawrence Free State was selected honorable mention all Sunflower league at second base and helped the Firebirds finish atop the Sunflower league as well as the runner-up at the 6A Kansas State tournament.
“He is an outstanding young man that is extremely dedicated to his academics and athletics,” Peterson said. “Creighton will have a chance to make an impact on the field right away as his athleticism and approach at the plate will give us a chance to win games.”