Preseason Preview: St. Ignatius HS

By Chris Valentine
PBR Ohio Scouting Director


Upholding tradition, St. Ignatius returns a talented squad under Head Coach Brad Ganor. Last year’s squad finished 20-10, and the pieces are in place to improve in 2013. 

With six returning starters in the everyday lineup and six pitchers from the pitching staff, the Wildcats will feature one of Northeast Ohio’s deepest, most talented rosters. Three seniors are already committed to play college baseball and junior Nick Longo has made an early pledge to Miami of Ohio.

Going against the grain, the Wildcats will enter their second year using wood bats instead of aluminum bats like their opponents. 

Class of 2013

  • IF, Dan Rowbottom – The left-handed hitting Illinois recruit is one of the top players in Northeast Ohio.
  • RHP, Kyle Pluta – The Tiffin recruit will be one of the top pitchers on the Wildcat staff this spring.
  • LHP/OF, Tom Rolle – The Ashland recruit will play multiple roles this spring for Coach Banor.
  • OF, Conor Hennessey – The speedy unsigned outfielder will be one piece of a very athletic Wildcat outfield.

Class of 2014

  • OF/LHP, Nick Longo – The Miami recruit is one of the top players in Ohio’s class of 2014. He will be an integral part of Wildcat’s lineup and likely roam centerfield.
  • OF/RHP, Nick Fabian – The talented junior is a Division I recruit with the athleticism and skills to play multiple positions for Coach Banor this spring.
  • LHP, Nick Margevicius
  • IF/RHP, Shane Skurovec
  • C, Pat Gulick 

Class of 2015

  • C, Alex Panstares
  • RHP, MJ Nara

Class of 2016

  • OF/RHP, Murphy O’Brien