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Recognizing Crusader Baseball

The Athletic Department hosted a convocation last night honoring our baseball program.  Head Coaches from their respective teams highlighted team accomplishments from the season.  Head Varsity Coach, Mark Wisniewski, addressed the varsity team’s run through the playoffs and trip to Sulphur as a State Semi-Finalist.  Those students receiving individual recognition were: Team Captain:  Kyler Johnston, Corey Gaconi, Jonathan Parker Gold Glove: Read more »

Catholic High Edges Crusaders in Pitcher’s Dual

Brother Martin (24-12) found themselves in a pitcher’s dual in the State semifinals but failed to provide enough offense to beat Catholic High on Friday at McMurray Park.  Corey Gaconi led the Crusaders with a stellar six-inning performance striking out four batters and giving up only one earned run. Catholic High scored the only run of the game on an RBI single in the seventh inning to advance to the LHSAA State finals. Brother Martin finished Read more »

Crusaders Advance to State Semifinals!

Brother Martin (24-11) found themselves on the winning end of the quarterfinals series against the Byrd Yellow Jackets sweeping the series for a trip to the State semifinals. Led by Michael Kirsch who went 2-3 and hit a home run, Brother Martin took game one with a 5-2 victory over Byrd on Friday at Kirsch-Rooney. Blair Frederick’s seven strikeouts helped the Crusaders secure victory. Frederick allowed one earned run on four hits and two walks Read more »

Mason Bonnaffons Wins Player of the Week!

Sophomore Mason Bonnaffons was selected as | The Times-Picayune’s Metro Area Large School Athlete of the Week for April 26- May 2!  Mason was nominated based on his performance against Shaw in the regional round of the playoffs. Bonnaffons hit a two-run double that supplied the winning margin in a 5-2 victory against Shaw in the Class 5A regional baseball playoffs. The double accounted for the final two runs of a four-run second inning Read more »

Crusaders Sweep Shaw

The Brother Martin Crusaders defeated the Shaw Eagles in a best-of-three series to advance to the LHSAA quarterfinals. The teams traded the lead five times on Friday, but the Crusaders ended up on top with a 4-3 win. The bottom of the second saw Brother Martin take an early lead, 2-0. The Crusaders got things going after a single by Chase Dolly and Michael Kirsch. After Dolly came around to score, the scoreboard lit up again when Kirsch scored Read more »

Baseball Championships
1974-1975 – District, State Runner-up
1983-1984 – State
1984-1985 – State Runner-up
1988-1989 – District Tournament
1990-1991 – District
1995-1996 – State
2007-2008 – District
2009-2010 – District
2012-2013 – District (undefeated), State Quarterfinalist
2013-2014 – District, State Quarterfinalist

The Brother Martin Baseball Program has achieved much success over the last several years. The Varsity team has been to the state playoffs for the last eight consecutive years. In 2013, the team compiled a 30 win and 6 loss season which included an undefeated district record and a state quarterfinal appearance at Tulane’s Turchin Stadium. This season marked the first undefeated district title in school history and the 30 victories also was a new school record. Coach Wisniewski also reached a milestone by earning his 300th victory as head coach of the Crusaders. The team also won Catholic League titles in both 2008 and 2010, and finished tied for the title in 2009. In 2010, the team was the only metro area team to qualify for the State Baseball Tournament held at Tulane’s Turchin Stadium. Year in and year out the team plays one of the toughest schedules in the state, and also competes in one of the toughest districts.

Brother Martin based Peake BMW, the program’s American Legion team, has also achieved much success over the last several years. In 2013, the team won the First District title and finished as the American Legion Louisiana state runner-ups. The team qualified for the state tournament for three years straight from 2008 through 2010. In 2008, the team finished state runner-up, and in 2009 won the American Legion Louisiana State Championship and advanced to the Mid-South Regional in Enid, Oklahoma.

Baseball practice begins in early January for Varsity and Junior Varsity Players, and begins in late January/early February for 7th, 8th, and 9th Graders. All teams are made through a tryout process. Games start in mid-February and go through mid-April for all sub-varsity teams. The Varsity season begins in early February and ends in early May. At the conclusion of each season the baseball program continues through the summer by participating in American Legion Baseball, and the team is sponsored by Peake BMW. Along with the legion team, Delta World Tire also sponsors a Junior Legion team. At the conclusion of the summer season, returning players (who are not involved in another sport at the time) will start a weightlifting and conditioning program that runs from mid-July until the beginning of the next season. Weightlifting and conditioning will continue throughout the season for Varsity and Junior Varsity Players.

The Brother Martin Baseball program also participates in community service projects. For the last three years Brother Martin Baseball has hosted The Crusader Baseball Miracle League Weekend at E.A. Farley Field. The baseball program teams up with Children’s Hospital and hosts a day of games and clinics for children with special needs. The event includes games, food, music, and a silent auction. All proceeds from the weekend help fund The Miracle League of Greater New Orleans.

Crusader Baseball Players to Play in College (up to previous 10 years)

Owen Magee – Delgado Jr. College
Jarett Gongora – Delgado Jr. College
Raphael Deroche – Enterprise Jr. College
Gregory Deichmann – Louisiana State University
Daniel Lahare – Southeastern Louisiana University
Jacob Seward – Southeastern Louisiana University
Tyler Zamjahn – Tulane University
Jonathon Ebersole – Delgado Jr. College
Cody Ducote – Delgado Jr. College/ Louisiana State University
Blake Battle – Loyola University
Peyton Senner – Loyola University
Rivers Frederick – Delgado Jr. College/Southern University
Casey Rodrigue – LSU-E/Indiana University
Ryan Brister – Delgado Jr. College
Fred Austin – Delgado Jr. College
Sean McMullen – Delgado Jr. College/Louisiana State University/Houston Astros
Josh Wood – Delgado Jr. College/ William Carey
Logan Riddell – Jones Community College/Southeastern Louisiana University
Raymond Winter – Copiah Lincoln CC/University of New Orleans
Johnny Thomas – University of N.O./Middle Tennessee State
Corey Thomas – Delgado Jr. College/LSU Alexandria
Hunter Boudreaux – University of N.O./Alabama Montevallo
Kevin Berry – University of N.O./Louisiana State University
Reece Rodrigue – University of N.O.
Kyle Maldonado – University of N.O./University of Houston
Joel Gonzalez – Loyola University
David Smith – Southeastern Louisiana University
Andrew Velez – Southeastern Louisiana University/University of N.O.
Ryan Hebert – Pearl River Jr. College/University of N.O.
Chris Cappo – Southeastern Louisiana University
B.J. Rodrigue – St. Louis University
Matt Adams – Delgado Jr. College/Loyola University
Bryan Frichter – Meridian Jr. College/Southeastern Louisiana University
Stephen Carroll – Delgado Jr. College


2014 District Champs!

2014 District Champs!

Live Varsity Scoreboard

Mr. Mark Wisniewski ’81 – Head Coach (Varsity)
Mr. Michael Cappo ’00 – Assistant Coach (Varsity)
Mr. Jeff Lupo ’92 – Assistant Coach (Varsity)

Mr. Bill Gallagher ’71 – JV (Head Coach)
Mr. Daniel Roane – JV (Assistant)

Mr. Stephen Lewis ’03 – 9th Grade (Head Coach)
Mr. Matthew Rutledge – 9th Grade (NF)

Mr. Matt Lambert ’98 – 8th Grade (Head Coach)
Mr. David Pecot ’76 – 8th Grade (Assistant – NF)
Mr. Josh Thomas ’97 – 8th Grade (Assistant)

Mr. Donnie Cassara – 7th Grade (Head Coach – NF)
Mr. Blake Gillies ’05 – 7th Grade (Assistant – NF)

(C) – CECP Coach
(NF) – Non-Faculty