Welcome to the internet home of the Milwaukee (WI) Pius XI High School Varsity Baseball Team.
Classic 8 Conference Statistics
The varsity will play fall ball starting on Sunday August 15.
There will be a practice at Dyer on Saturday August 14 from 4:00-6:00 pm
Games will be on Sunday. 2 7-Inning Double Headers each week
No games on Sunday September 5.
Cost is $40 per player. No Freebies. No check, No play......................
Coach Kehoss strongly urges all Juniors and Seniors who plan to try out for varsity in 2005 make the the fall commitment.
Robinson Named to All-Star Classic Team
Pius XI pitcher, shortstop, Kevin Robinson
has been chosen to play in the Jim Gantner High School All Star Classic, August 1st, 6PM at Miller Park. The Nebraska-Kearney recruit, Robinson, a two-time All Classic 8 1st Team selection, was chosen after a series of tryouts that saw over 200 players from across WI, vie for the honor of competing in the game which is named for the former Milwaukee Brewer great.
5 Popes Named All-Conference
5 Players, led by 2 time 1st Team selection Kevin Robinson
, were named to the Classic 8 All-Conference teams. Joining Robinson, who was a unanimous selection at infield on the 1st team, is Senior 3B Joe Schreck
. Senior 1B/DH Andy Brzakala
was a double honoree, being named 2nd Team as a Designated Hitter, and honorable mention as a 1B. Senior pitcher Jim Foy
and Junior OF Ryan Pogodzinkski
garnered honorable mention.
Popes Recognize Standouts
The Popes held their annual end of the season banquet and named their standout performers for the 2004 season. Junior OF Ryan Pogodzinkski
(.329 BA) was named Rookie of the Year, an award presented to a first year varsity player. Senior P Jim Foy
(no hitter .179 Opponents Batting Average) was named the Most Improved Player. Senior OF Josh Regent - Smith
was given the Hustle Award, an honor bestowed upon the player who shows the most leadership and drive. Seniors Kevin Robinson
(Team Leader in 11 offensive categories) and Joe Schreck
(.383 BA, 26 RBI, 9 2B) were named Co-Most Valuable Players.
A Wasted Opportunity
An inability to pitch or hit in the clutch, allowed #2 Marquette to escape with a 3-2 Regional Finals victory over the Popes. Peter Behnke
baffled the Hilltoppers, scattering 3 hits over the first 4, and handing over a 1-0 lead to Kevin Robinson
to start the fifth. Robinson was not the answer as he walked 1 and hit a batter, combined with two hits and a wild pitch turned the lead into a 3-1 deficit. The Popes added a run in the 6th thanks to 2 Marquette errors but the inability to hit with runners on, halted what could have been a big inning. For the game the Pius hitters stranded 8 runners in scoring position, including leaving the bases full in the 4th and leaving runners on second and third with 1 out in the 5th. Dave Van Rixel
continued his torrid streak with a 2-3 night and a run driven in. Joe Schreck
and Ryan Pogodzinkski
added two singles apiece to the 8 hit attack. The game ended the Popes season at 13-19 and marked the end of their high school careers, and baseball in general, for all but a few of the 11 seniors. Here is list of the seniors and where they will be attending college and if they will be playing baseball.
1B/DH Andy Brzakala
will attempt to walk on at UW-Platteville
OF/PR Andy Drasch
will attend UW-Milwaukee
P Jim Foy
will attend UW-Whitewater
2B Mark Grafenauer
will attend UW-Whitewater
1B/DH Tom Hoffman
will attend UW-Parkside
C Tyler Ignaczak
will attend Waukesha County Technical College
OF/PR Josh Regent - Smith
will attend Valparaiso University on a football scholarship
SS/P Kevin Robinson
will attend the University of Nebraska-Kearney on a baseball scholarship
3B Joe Schreck
will attempt to walk on at UW-Stevens Point
OF/P A.J. Seagraves
will attend UW-Whitewater
OF Dave Van Rixel
will attend UW-Whitewater
The game also marked the end of an era for assistant coaches Kevin Kowalke
and Randy O'Connell
. Kevin is taking on new responsibilities off the field and Randy is retiring to the northern part of our great state where the beer is cold and the fish are always bitin' Good luck to these two fine coaches, they will be missed.
The future looks bright for the Popes as the JV finished second in the Classic 8. With the return of starters Kevin Doerr
, Ryan Pogodzinkski
, Greg Grocholski
, Nick Majeske
, and Alex Kosinski
, and with the emergence of Peter Behnke
, Steve Lenski
, Drew Gallenburg
, Nick Helmuth
, and Scott Perry
at the varsity level, the future looks bright indeed.
Having been upset two years in a row by West Allis Central, the Popes gained a measure of revenge by beating the Bulldogs 10-2 in the opening game of the WIAA Regionals. Starter Kevin Robinson
scattered 7 hits and struck out 5, while walking just 2 in the first 6 to earn the victory, and Alex Kosinski
pitched a perfect 7th to seal it. The Popes were held hitless until the 4th when one out singles by Tom Hoffman
and Dave Van Rixel
combined with Ryan Pogodzinkski
being hit by a pitch, set the stage for an RBI single off the bat of Kevin Doerr
. A.J. Seagraves
then executed a perfect suicide squeeze bunt to put the Popes ahead to stay. Van Rixel led the offense with a 2-4 day including a double while driving in 2. Hoffman was 2-3, Doerr and Andy Brzakala
each knocked in a pair, and Joe Schreck
contributed a double to the 7 hit attack.
Pius Wins Conference Sportsmanship Award
The Classic 8 Conference has announced that Pius is the recipient of the Sportsmanship Award for the 2003-04 school year.
The eight schools in the conference select a winner for each particular sport during that season and then the votes are tabulated to show the overall winner for the year.
This is the first time that Pius has been chosen by their peers for this award and they join Mukwonago, Waukesha North, Kettle Moraine and Arrowhead as the other schools who have been honored in the past as the overall sportsmanship winner in The Classic 8 Conference.
WIAA Sectional #7 Region B Seedings
#1 - Marquette High School
#2 - Wauwatosa East
#3 - West Allis Hale
#4 - Milwaukee Pius XI
#5 - West Allis Central
Quarterback Nick Sitzberger hooked up with Kevin Robinson
on two long scoring tosses, Ricky Phillips shredded the South defense for 220 yards and a score, and Josh Regent - Smith
spear-headed two goal line stands ... oh wait a minute... Actually, the Pope bats sprung to life pounding out 17 hits and crossing the plate 21 times as they handed the Classic 8 Conference Champs from Waukesha South a 21-7 pasting, giving head coach Kevin Kehoss
his 100th career win. Dave Van Rixel
led the offensive barrage with a 3-3 night including a triple and 5 RBI. Kevin Robinson
knocked in 3 with 3 singles, and Andy Brzakala
, Joe Schreck
, Tom Hoffman
, and Ryan Pogodzinkski
had two hits apiece, with Pogodzinkski driving in 4 and Brzakala 3. Robinson notched the win, scattering 3 hits and allowing just 1 run over the final 4 innings in relief of sophomore Peter Behnke
A Quick Reversal
The Popes and the Knights from Nicolet were locked in a scoreless duel through 5. Pius managed a run in the 6th but Nicolet parlayed 5 hits and one big error in to 7 runs in their half, to win going away 7-2. Freshman Steve Lenski
making his varsity debut had the Knights off-balance for most of the game, scattering 3 hits through the first 5 before the fateful 6th. The Popes pounded out 8 hits, 5 in the last two innings, and were led by Tom Hoffman
who went 3-3, and Tyler Ignaczak
who knocked in a run on two singles.
The Popes jumped on Kettle Moraine early to take a 6-1 lead after two. However, when the dust had settled, the Lasers had escaped with an 8-7 victory. Starter Jim Foy
, having pitched 16 innings in 6 days, left in the 5th with the Popes clinging to a 6-4 lead. Foy, who gave up 6 hits and 3 earned runs, gave way to A.J. Seagraves
with two runners on, and 1 error and 1 hit later Kettle Moraine led by 1, 7-6. The Popes battled back to tie in the 6th on a single and stolen base by Dave Van Rixel
. Mark Grafenauer
then laid down a beautiful sacrifice bunt and when the throw got by the first baseman, Van Rixel scooted home with the tying run. Seagraves gave way to Kevin Robinson
in the 7th with one out and a runner on third. Robinson coaxed a grounder to third but a passed ball during the next at bat, allowed the winning run to score. Van Rixel led the 12 hit attack with a 3-4 night including a double. Andy Brzakala
drove in two with a pair of singles, and Joe Schreck
and Ryan Pogodzinkski
added two hits apiece
Behnke Blanks Mukwonago
The Popes rode the right arm of sophomore Peter Behnke
and pushed across 4 runs on just 4 hits to come away with a 4-0 whitewash of Mukwonago. Behnke scattered 4 hits and whiffed 5 while walking only 1 to earn his first varsity win. Dave Van Rixel
singled in a run in the 3rd. Kevin Doerr
took one in the ribs with the bases loaded to force in a run, and a throwing error accounted for the other two Pius tallies. Joe Schreck
had a double, and Andy Brzakala
and Kevin Robinson
registered base hits to account for the offense
Words Fail Me!!
Waukesha West 15 Pius 2
Different Equation, Same Result
Getting a runner picked off third moments before Tom Hoffman
laced a run scoring single that would have scored two, was a snapshot of the Popes season as they found yet another way to lose, dropping the second of 2 to Arrowhead 3-2 to run their latest losing streak to 3. Starter and loser Jim Foy
had his third consecutive outstanding start, but the offense mustered just 6 hits to lead to the loss. Hoffman was the only bright spot on offense as he collected 2 singles and drove in a run.
Same Old ... Same Old!!
Once again defensive lapses were the difference as the Popes fell to Arrowhead in the first of two, 10-5 in 8 innings in a game that shouldn't have even gotten that far. 2 unearned runs extended the game into extra innings, where Arrowhead pounded A.J. Seagraves
for 6 hits and 6 runs to win going away. Starter Kevin Robinson
allowed 8 hits, and pitched around the defensive adventures in going the first 7 before giving way to Seagraves in the 8th. The one-two punch of Robinson and Joe Schreck
went a combined 5-7 with 3 driven in to pace the offense. Robinson had 3 singles and an RBI and Schreck knocked in two on a single and a double.
A Fine Start
In a game that could have been much worse, the Popes prevailed in the opener of the Hoosier Classic, 12-4 over Carmel (IN). The Popes banged into two bases-loaded double plays in the second and third innings, or the score could have much more lopsided. Sophomore Scott Perry got the win going the first 4 and 2/3 before tiring in the 5th. The offense was led by Greg Grocholski's 3 singles and 2 driven in. Kevin Doerr, Joe Schreck, and Tom Hoffman contributed two hits apiece, with Schreck and Hoffman knocking in 3 each. Kevin Robinson contributed an opening inning triple, which got the Popes off on the right foot.
Yesterday, Pius defeated Carmel (IN) 12-4 and earlier Carmel defeated Mt Vernon (IN) by a score of 9-5. So, conventional wisdom would dictate a Pius vistory ... wrongo! The Popes, perhaps looking past Mt Vernon suffered a frustrating 5-3 defeat, setting up a winner take-all showdown with the hosts from Hamilton Southeastern in the Hoosier Classic. Sophomore Peter Behnke making his second start of the season, was the victim of the non-support as he he allowed just 3 earned runs in 4 and 2/3. Joe Schreck was the lone bright spot for the offense, collecting half of the Popes 4 hits.
Finishing in Fine Fashion
Pius struggled for the first 5 innings with the scrappy hosts, but a 9 run 6th brought an end to the contest with Hamilton (IN) Southeastern, and propelled the Popes into the quarterfinals of the 32 team Hoosier Classic, in Indianapolis, IN. A.J. Seagraves went the first 4 and 1/3 scattering 7 hits and allowing 3 walks before leaving with bases loaded in the 5th and the Popes clinging to a 4-2 lead. Kevin Robinson slammed the door in the 5th, allowing only a sac fly and nothing in the 6th to notch the save, before the Popes big uprising in the home half. The 11 hit attack was led by Joe Schreck with 3 singles and 3 runs batted in. Nick Majeske and Greg Grocholski had 2 hits each, sophomore Kevin Doerr had a 2 run single, and Robinson, despite going hitless from the lead-off spot, coaxed a walk and was plunked twice, which accounted for 4 stolen bases and 3 runs scored.
Out of Synch
The Pope defense fell apart and the offense was asleep as Merrillville (IN) eliminated Pius in a quarterfinal game at the Hoosier Classic in Indianapolis. Starter Jim Foy pitched valiantly allowing only 4 hits in 6 innings. But the defense let in 3 unearned runs to seal the Popes fate. Of the 4 hits the offense managed to provide, 3 were of the infield variety, with only Kevin Robinson's RBI double reaching the outfield.
No .. No .. No ..No!
Senior righty Jim Foy faced one over the minimum as he tossed a 5 inning no-hitter at Catholic Memorial, and the Popes generated a little offense to win 13-1. Foy fanned 6 and gave up just one walk in spinning his masterpiece. Two sparkling plays in right by Dave Van Rixel robbed the Crusaders of two potential hits and preserved the no-hitter. The lone Crusader run was scored on a walk, a wild pitch and a balk. The Pius offense strung together 7 hits and took advantage of 6 walks and 5 CM errors for the final margin. Kevin Robinson led the way with a 2-3 day including a 2B, 2 runs scored and 2 driven in. Greg Grocholski delivered a bases loaded 2B to drive in 3, and A.J. Seagraves and Joe Schreck had 2 RBI apiece.
Walk This Way!
There is an old saying in baseball, "there is no defense against a walk". In the 5th inning of a 12-3 defeat at the hands of Waukesha West, there was absolutely no defense. Starter and loser Kevin Robinson walked 4 in the inning, 1 intentionally, and that combined with 3 hits was all the Wolverines needed to turn a 3-1 deficit into the win. A.J. Seagraves in relief in the 5th, failed to record an out as he gave up 2 singles with the obligatory 2 walks and a hit batter, before Alex Kosinski came on to end the misery. Robinson led the offense with a 3-4 night including a triple and an RBI, and Seagraves contributed 2 singles with a run driven in.
Junior righty Alex Kosinski, faced two over the minimum as he allowed just a second inning hit as the Popes whitewashed Waukesha North 12-0. Kosinski fanned 6 and walked no one in spinning his gem, which was shortened to 5 innings by the slaughter rule. The offense was led by Joe Schreck who had two hits and drove in 4, Nick Helmuth who was 2-2 including a double and 3 RBI, and Kevin Doerr who contributed 2 singles to the 9 hit attack. Defense usually does not have a hand in a game of this score, but, 2B Greg Grocholski deserves accolades for his 3rd inning, brilliant, diving, sprawling stop, and subsequent throw from the seat of his pants to rob the Northstars of a base hit.
After digging a very deep 6-0 hole, for himself and his teammates, senior Kevin Robinson allowed just 1 run and 2 hits over the final 6 innings, as the Popes battled back to take a thriller from #3 ranked Marquette, 8-7 at Miller Park. Robinson walked 2 and hit 2 more in the first inning to put the Popes on the long end of the score. The Popes battled back scoring 2 in the third on RBI singles by A.J. Seagraves and Robinson. They managed to score 3 in the 4th without a hit, and two more in the 5th on a booming triple to center by senior Joe Schreck who was out at the plate trying for an inside the park home run. In the bottom of the 7th, Nick Majeske struck out swinging, but reached first when the ball got away from the catcher. Robinson then lined a single to left and after Greg Grocholski laid down a beautiful sacrifice bunt to move the runners, Schreck was intentionally walked to load the bases. Andy Brzakala fell behind in the count 1-2 then hit a bouncer to first that was just soft enough to allow Majeske to arrive at the same time as the ball, jarring it loose from the catcher and the comeback was complete. Robinson struck out 7 in going the distance, and contributed two singles, an RBI and scored one. Schreck, in addition to his 2 run triple, added a single to lead the 7 hit attack.
Slip Slidin' Away
The Popes extended their latest losing streak to 2, and 8 of their last 9, dropping a 6-5 decision at Mukwonago. Sophomore lefty Scott Perry took the hill and held the Indians to just two earned runs before leaving in the 4th. Alex Kosinski took the loss in relief allowing 3 hits and 2 walks in an inning and a third. The 7 hit offensive attack was led by Kevin Robinson with 2 hits and 2 runs scored. Dave Van Rixel and Joe Schreck knocked in 1 each. 4 Indian errors went for naught as shoddy base running killed a couple of potential scoring threats.
Winning Streak Halted at 1
After pounding out 16 hits the day before, the offense took the night off as the Popes were beaten by Waukesha North, 3-2. Loser Jim Foy went the distance allowing just 3 hits and striking out 5, but 2 of the 3 walks issued scored, and that was enough to send the Popes to defeat. Kevin Robinson and Ryan Pogodzinkski had the only hits for Pius.
The Bats Come Alive
The Popes bats finally came alive as they pounded 3 Kettle Moraine pitchers for 21 runs on 16 hits, stopping their 6 game losing skid with a 21-10 victory in game 2 of a doubleheader. Kevin Robinson led the attack with a 2B, 3B and HR, 3 runs scored and 5 driven in. Ryan Pogodzinkski finished off a 5 for 8 day with 3 singles, Greg Grocholski knocked in 4, Kevin Doerr contributed two singles, and Nick Majeske added a pair of hits to plate 2. A.J. Seagraves, on the mound for the second time today, picked up the win in relief of starter Alex Kosinski who was lifted in the 4th.
When Will it End?
The Popes extended their losing streak to 6, with a 3-2 loss against Kettle Moraine in the first game of a doubleheader. Starter and loser Kevin Robinson was his own worst enemy as he walked 5 in the first three innings, combined with 5 hits to provide the Lasers with all the offense they would need. The offense was once again hopeless as they managed just 3 hits with Ryan Pogodzinkski getting two and Kevin Doerr knocking in a run.
OH MY GOD ... IT'S RAINING AGAIN!!!
It Ain't Over ...
The Popes carried a 7-3 lead into the 7th against Wauwatosa East, but 3 hits and a walk later, a grand slam homer tied the game and the Raiders pushed across 2 more in the 8th to take the victory 9-7. Starter Alex Kosinski worked the first 3 and 2/3, scattering 8 hits and allowing the first 3 runs. Sophomore lefty Scott Perry came on in relief and pitched shutout ball in the 5th and 6th before leaving with the bases loaded in the 7th. Senior Joe Schreck gave up the tying home run and two more in the 8th to get the loss. Dave Van Rixel knocked in 3 runs with a double and Kevin Robinson doubled to pace the offense which took advantage of 4 hit batters and 4 walks to score 7 runs.
What once was a very promising 4-2 start that had the Popes in 2nd place in the Classic 8, has turned into a nightmarish 4-6 and into a tie for 5th place, after Waukesha South prevailed 5-0. Starter and loser Kevin Robinson scattered 5 hits and appeared to be out of a couple of jams but the season long problem of shaky defense reared it's ugly head ... again. 3 errors in key situations led to 5 unearned runs and for the second night in a row, the offense was non-existent as they managed just 4 hits.
An inability to do anything right, led to the Popes 9-2 defeat at the hands of Catholic Memorial. Starter and loser Jim Foy allowed only 2 hits in 4 innings, but his 5 walks and two hit batters sandwiched around 3 errors led to the downfall. The anemic Pius offense managed only 3 hits in the defeat.
One That Got Away
Staked to a 6-2 lead going into the 5th, the defense allowed 5 unearned runs as the Popes lost a heartbreaker, 7-6 to Slinger. Loser Jim Foy, in relief of starter Kevin Robinson, was the victim of the defensive collapse. Joe Schreck led the Popes with 2 hits, one being a bases loaded triple, 2 runs scored, and a couple of dazzling defensive plays at 3rd. Andy Brzakala knocked in 2, one on a long double to right center.
The Bats Go Silent
After a torrid week at the plate, the bats fell asleep as the Popes were whitewashed by the Franklin squad, 5-0. Sophomore Peter Behnke was the victim of the non-support. Making his varsity debut, Behnke had the Sabers off balance through 3 shutout innings until giving up 5 runs and being lifted in the 5th. Senior co-captain Joe Schreck, pitching for the first time since t-ball, performed well in relief, allowing just 1 hit and striking out 2 in 1+ innings. Kevin Robinson was the lone bright spot on offense as he collected half of the Popes 4 hits.
Hangin' on Tight
The Popes jumped on Mukwonago for 4 1st inning runs and led 8-0 after 4, before hanging on to win 8-5. Alex Kosinski notched his second victory of the season as he scattered 7 hits and allowed 4 runs before leaving in the 5th. Kevin Robinson continued his torrid streak after moving to the top spot in the lineup, with a 4 for 4 day including 2 doubles and two runs scored with an RBI. Andy Brzakala blasted 3 long doubles to drive in 2, and Joe Schreck and Nick Majeske chipped in two hits apiece. A.J. Seagraves cam on in the 5th to record his second save of the week. AND (editorial comment:) once again the Popes were robbed of a legitimate HR because an umpire does not know the rules of the game in which he is calling. Jim Foy blasted a drive to deep left over the 284 foot sign, when the ball passed over the fence it was clearly fair, but as Newton taught us, gravity and physics cause an object not on a straight path to change it's path to earth, and the ball landed in foul territory well after passing the fence fair. When questioned by coach Kevin Kehoss about the bad call, the home plate umpire stated "the ball landed in foul territory", coach Kehoss responded with it's only 284' and when it went out it was fair" to which this umpire, mind you a "qualified" WIAA umpire, retorted with "what difference does that make" My question is why would an umpire not know the rules of a game that he is supposed to arbiter of? In my humble opinion, this guy should never umpire again. UNBELIEVABLE!!
One Big Inning
The Popes bats came alive during an 8 run 5th inning, as they beat Hartland Arrowhead going away, 11-1. Starter and winner Jim Foy, battled back after a shaky first, to shut down the Warhawks on 3 hits in 5 innings, striking out 6 and allowing just the one run. A.J. Seagraves came on in relief to record the final 6 outs. Kevin Robinson and Ryan Pogodzinkski checked in with 3 hits apiece. Robinson scored 3 times from the lead-off spot, and sophomore catcher Kevin Doerr knocked in 3, with Greg Grocholski scoring 2 and driving in a pair to lead the offense.
The Popes pushed across 2 runs without benefit of a hit in the top of the 9th, and A.J. Seagraves, in relief of starter Kevin Robinson, made it stand up as Pius XI defeated Catholic Memorial 4-3 in 9 innings. Robinson, the starter and winner, allowed just 1 earned run on 3 hits in 8 innings of work, while whiffing 10, and pitching out of jams caused by a less than stellar defense. Andy Brzakala led the offense with a HR and single. Mark Graffenauer drove in two on a base hit and a bases loaded walk in the decisive 9th. Seagraves pitched around more defensive adventures in the 9th to notch the save.
Shoddy defense and non-existent hitting, were not a good combination as the Popes fell to Waukesha West 8-3. Starter and loser, Kevin Robinson was the victim of the weak defense as he allowed 4 unearned runs on just 1 hit, while striking out 5, before being removed in the bottom of the third with an ankle injury. A.J. Seagraves threw 3 innings in relief and a bunt infield single by Ryan Pogodzinkski was the lone Pius hit.
Never Say Never
Kevin Robinson blasted out 2 doubles, drove in 3 runs and scored 4, in leading the Popes to a come from behind victory, 10-9 over the Northstars from Waukesha North. Alex Kosinski, in relief of Jim Foy who struggled, pitched 6 strong innings to earn the victory. Kosinski scattered 6 hits and struck out 6, holding North at bay while the Popes battled back. Andy Brzakala had 2 hits including a double to knock in a run, and Tom Hoffman chipped in a double, and was robbed of a homer, when his 6th inning blast deep over the left field fence was incorrectly ruled foul.
Senior RHP Kevin Robinson carried a no-hitter and a slim 2-0 lead into the 6th inning against South on Tuesday night. In the sixth however, the Blackshirts strung together their only 3 hits of the game, a single, double and home run, which provided all the offense they would need for a 3-2 victory. Robinson struck out 7 and walked 5 in the losing effort. Senior 3B, Joe Schreck led the offense with two doubles and a run driven in.