Baseball 2018 Review
For the first time in program history, the baseball team captured a Circle City Conference title and won its third straight sectional title. The team finished with a 25-6 record, closing the season winning 15 of its final 16 games. The 15-game winning streak featured a perfect May (15-0) and the program’s fourth Marion County Tournament title.
The conference title was clinched with a 3-2 home win over Heritage Christian. The Rebels finished the conference season with a 7-1 record. In the Marion County Tournament final at Victory Field, the Rebels earned a 5-3 comeback victory over Perry Meridian. On the way to the final, the Rebels defeated Speedway (13-4), Brebeuf Jesuit (3-2) and Lawrence Central (10-7). The county title was the program’s fourth and first since 2012.
Roncalli started the postseason by winning its third straight sectional title and the 14th in program history. The Rebels defeated Pike (13-3) and Ben Davis (10-0) to win the title. Roncalli’s season ended in a 6-3 loss to defending state champion Cathedral in the regional semifinal.
Senior outfielder Nick Schnell capped his final Roncalli season with six career program records and three single-season records. He hit 15 home runs, with 52 runs scored and 41 walks. For his four-year varsity career, he hit .473, with 25 home runs, 109 RBIs, 155 hits, 151 runs scored and 101 walks. He was named Gatorade State Player of the Year, Marion County player of the year for the second straight season, first team all-state and All-Circle City Conference. In early June, Schnell was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays (32nd overall) in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft. He’s the first Roncalli player selected directly out of high school in the MLB Draft. Over the last 54 years, he’s the 15th Indiana player selected directly out of high school in the first round of the MLB Draft.
Senior shortstop Harrison Koppenhofer won the program’s mental attitude award and joined Schnell on the All-Marion County first team. Senior outfielder Mark Cobb and junior pitcher Max Lundy were named to the All-Marion County second team. Those four players – Schnell, Koppenhofer, Cobb and Lundy – were all selected to the All-Circle City Conference team. Head coach Aaron Kroll was chosen as the Marion County Coach of the Year.
The senior class finished their Roncalli careers as one of the most decorated groups in baseball program history. They graduated with a Class 4A state title (2016), three sectional titles, a Circle City Conference title and a Marion County Tournament title.