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Lions Roar on to Columbus
June 5, 2014 by Jamie Ward | No Comments

The Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin Lions seniors are graduated, caps and gowns now stored away.Yet the baseball team will keep those blue and white uniforms until…

The Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin Lions seniors are graduated, caps and gowns now stored away.

Yet the baseball team will keep those blue and white uniforms until this weekend, when the Lions play in the Div. II?state final four in Columbus.

The 17-11 Lions caught fire down the stretch, having won eight straight and 10 of their last 12 games.

During the last six games, the Lions have incredibly outscored opponents 63-8 in what can be presumed to be the toughest part of their schedule, the state tournament.

NDCL?has knocked off Canton South and Woodridge by scores of 7-0 and 16-1 respectively to win its regional.

The Lions have beaten University (1-0) and Lake Catholic (3-2) at the beginning of the districts, and beat Geneva 9-3 in the district finals.

NDCL?takes on Jonathan Alder of Plain City (27-4) in the semi-final match Friday at 5 p.m. at Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Lane, Columbus, which is home of the Columbus Clippers, a Triple-A minor league affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.

The Lions have played in this professional park before, when the team won the 2009 state championship under Jim Clark.

Clark has a roster with 11 seniors, including Austin Jackson, the team’s shortstop, and Connor Kaucic, the ace southpaw from Chardon.

Kaucic pitched six innings May 30 at The Ballpark at Hudson, allowing just one earned run and six hits while fanning five. The senior also went 3-for-4 with three RBIt’s.

Players credit Clark, an assistant athletic director, for much of his development.

“I’m very proud of all the kids and the baseball program,” coach Clark said. “The kids work so hard –?not only work hard academically and with baseball, but they’re great kids.”

It is the sixth trip to Columbus for an NDCL team under Clark, who last won the state title in 2009.

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