WATCH NOW: St. Joseph Baseball Teams Adds Another State Title To The Program’s Awesome Legacy | Sports
The sophomore pitcher, Luke Schuler, who started the state title game Tuesday, is a cousin of Pete Schuler, a former Lancers standout who played NCAA Division I baseball in Kent State.
“It means a lot to me, and I know that it means a lot to everyone in the program to be part of the prestigious program that is St. Joe’s Baseball – go out there and play the best and be the best and win the state championship,” said Jack Davidson after the title game on Tuesday.
“It means a lot to our school and our fans and everyone around us.”
It meant even more, considering what the program, like everyone else, endured last season.
The Lancers expected to hold a state title in 2020, but the season has been wiped out due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With one last chance, this year’s team’s six seniors – Jack Davidson, McGuire, Max McCarville, Peter Ruffolo, Danny Santarelli and Joey Istvanek – led the Lancers to where they wanted to be a year ago.
“Having this particular group come together for a season and do what we did, especially for the seniors whose season was canceled last season, means the world to us,” said Jack Davidson. “We are so happy to be where we are.”
St. Joseph coach Ryan Gavinski wasn’t part of the program before taking the reins ahead of the canceled 2020 season. But he‘s now part of the Lancers legacy, even if he had to wait a year to actually train the team.