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Baseball District Champs

Scott Manahan, Head Coach 614-268-8671
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The following seniors announced their intent to play baseball in college:

Matt Dockman was named to the Dispatch's All Metro Baseball Team




Lakewood fell 2-1 to Bishop Watterson in a Division II baseball district final at Beavers Field.
2016 OHSAA Boys Baseball Tournament - Division II, State Championship
OHSAA District Bracket

  • Mark Zelnik announces his intent to play baseball at Ohio Northern University.
  • Alex Gabel announces his intent to play baseball at Walsh University. more

The Ripken Experience - Myrtle Beach, SC
Varsity Baseball
Row 1 L–R: Maria Santa-Emma, Riley Benjamin, Madi Hart, Angela Sapp, Gina Greenhalgh

Row 2: Austin Hare, Cole Andrews, Christian Kroger, Adam Meader, Connor Hoyng, Adam Stotler, Casey Douthitt, Dylan Appolloni

Row 3: Asst. Coach Tim O’Neil, Asst. Coach Steve Hanners, Asst. Coach Shane Swearingen, Josh Brobst, Nick Janning, Mark Zelnik, Matt Dockman, Will Davis, Nate Meyer, Alex Gabel, Cal McAninch, Head Coach Scott Manahan, Asst. Coach Mike Royer

JV Baseball
Row 1 L-R: Megan Niper, Jacob Wakefield, Jacob Zerkle, Michael Moore, Nick Hurley, Eric Entler, Thomas Zerkle, Luke Payne, Lauren Putz

Row 2: Coach Mike Enright, Coach Karl Flaugher, Marcus Tyler, Ryan Powers, Kevin Laming, Holden Jones, Connor Laufenberg, Carson Peck, David Bair, Coach Nippy Prease   not pictured: Patrick Mulligan

Freshman Baseball
Row 1 L-R: Coach Nick Briski, Drake McAnich, Nate Best, Jack Warner, Max Fulop, Sam Wallace, Sam Greiner, Adam Fallon, Jack Murphy

Row 2: Coach Steve Byorth, Jacob Devendra, Adam Grden, Alex Orr, Drew Davis, Ryan Roark, Stephen Garrett, Grant Horvath, Dominic Oddi, Coach Dominic Marchi

Captains Alex Gabel, Christian Kroger             |  Seniors: Alex Gabel, Christian Kroger, Mark Zelnik

Coaches:  Steve Hanners, Shane Swearingen, Scott Manahan, Mike Royer, Tim O'Neil
Trainers and Stats: Maria Santa-Emma, Madi Hart, Riley Benjamin, Angela Sapp, Gina Greenhalgh

Christian Kroger has announced his intent to play baseball at Ohio Wesleyan University


- The camp is designed for boys in the 3rd through 9th grades during school year 2016-17. Applications must be postmarked by June 1, 2016 – walk ups are welcome if openings.
June 6-8 (Grades 7,8,9) June 13-15 (Grades 3,4,5,6) (All Sessions 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 pm)
At the Watterson Baseball Field. $75 per session (fee includes an Eagle Camp T-shirt)
For more information and registration form, click here.

BWHS Head Baseball Coach and Alumni Director Scott Manahan, was inducted into the National High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on 12/5/15 in St. Louis, Mo., and Assistant Baseball Coach and Math Teacher Mike Royer was recognized as Upper Midwest Regional Assistant Coach of the Year at the same awards dinner.

Manahan's teams have won 16 league championships, 20 sectional titles, ten District Championships and have played in four State Final Fours, winning the Division II State Championship at Bishop Watterson in 1997. Coach Manahan has led the Eagles to four Division II State Poll Championships and was named the Ohio Division II coach of the year in 1995, 1997 and 2003.

Currently the Secretary of the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association, he has also served as a past President of the OHSBCA and the Central District Baseball Coaches Association.

2015 CCL, District and Regional Champions and State Final Four

Baseball Div. II State Semi-finalist falls 2-0 to Polland Seminary
All-Metro baseball team members
Sam Rice 1st team; Avery Janning 2nd team; Jacob Bolton 3rd team;
Chris Slavik & Christian Kroger special mention.
Jacob Bolton has been named Dispatch baseball top player of the week 6/6/15
Bolton, a senior shortstop, helped lead the Eagles to the Division II state tournament with wins over Cincinnati McNicholas and Bellbrook in the regionals. Against McNicholas, he drove in the only run with a double in the third inning. Against Bellbrook in the final, he went 4 for 5, including a three-run homer in the seventh.


State Semifinal:  Poland Seminary win 2-0.  Great season Eagles!
Columbus Dispatch 6/6/15 - Watterson shut out by Poland Seminary
ThisWeek News 6/10/15 - Baseball team's run ends
Friday, June 5 - Baseball State Semifinal 10:00 AM, Poland Seminary, Huntington Park. . 
Columbus Dispatch 6/4/15 - Watterson, Big Walnut prep for semifinals
ThisWeek News 6/4/15 - Baseball squad heading to state
Columbus Dispatch 5/30/15 - Near-perfect pitching key for Watterson
Buckeyeextra 5/2/15 - Urban Meyer a nervous dad as son's Watterson baseball team advances in tournament

Friday, May 29 - Baseball Regional Final defeated Bellbrook 14-2, Nischwitz Stadium, Wright State University.
Baseball team wins 1-0 Cincinnati Archbishop McNicholas in the Regional Semifinall at Wright State

The Eagles defeated Licking Valley to capture the District title. They are headed to the Regional semifinal on Thursday, May 28, 5:00 pm at Nischwitz Stadium, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Fairborn, OH - 45324. OHSAA Regional Bracket click here.



Father Michael Watson '69 throws out the ceremonial first pitch at the Eagles baseball alumni day on May 6th at Tom Scholl field. Father "Watterson" threw a two seam fastball that was a strike, right down the middle.
John Mahaney shakes hands with Coach Manahan before the alumni baseball game.

The varsity baseball team with Kent Mercker and Father Watterson at Msgr. Grimes Men's Night.

The Eagles enjoy spring break at The Ripken Experience,  Myrtle Beach, SC. This is the first trip south ever over break for the Bishop Watterson Baseball program.

ThisWeek News 5.29.15 - Baseball team earns district championship
ThisWeek News 5.30.15 - Bolton lifts baseball team past Granville ThisWeek News 4.30.15 - Bishop Watterson second baseman Nathan Meyer fields the ball during the Eagles' baseball game against St. Francis DeSales on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Bishop Watterson
ThisWeek News 3.31.15 - Senior pitchers to lead baseball squad


JV Baseball

Freshman Baseball

Coach Manahan was recognized for his award and presented with an engraved bat at half-time of the BWHS vs. Grove City basketball game on 1/31.

Coach Scott Manahan, Principal Marian Hutson, and Athletic Director Mike Roark.

2013-2014 CCL Champions and District Runner-Up

The following baseball athletes announced their intent to play post-secondary sports. more

  • Chris Slavik and Sam Rice, Ashland University
  • Avery Janning, Walsh University
  • Jacob Bolton, Morehead State University 

Sam Severance Hits a Grand Slam in Tournament Baseball Game.
Sam Severance (Baseball) - Dispatch all-metro baseball team

2013 District Runner-Up

Varsity Baseball                            


Division II district baseball semifinals - Watterson 5, Licking Valley 2 in 8 innings
2013 OHSAA Boys Baseball Division II District Tournament Bracket

ALS Awareness Game  more
ThisWeek News 4.4.13  Baseball team aiming for CCL, district titles

BWHS Assistant Athletic Director and baseball coach Scott Manahan spoke at the Wisconsin High School Baseball Coaches Association clinic in Madison, WI on February 9-10, 2013 and. at the National High School Baseball Coaches Association Clinic in St. Louis, Mo. on December 1, 2012. His presentations were on the topic of pitching mechanics. “I’m honored to be selected to speak in front of some of the best high school and college baseball coaches in the country,” Manahan said. “The ability to share and collect ideas from coaches is one of the fun aspects of coaching baseball for me.”

Greg Jacknewitz has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Xavier University.  more

Congratulations to Jacob Brobst as he finished his high school career with the following awards:

Dispatch All-Metro baseball team 

All Central Catholic League (2011, 2012)
1st team Div. II Central District Player of the Year (2012)
1st team Div. II All Central District (2011, 2012)
Team Ohio All Star Series (2011, 2012)
1st team Div. II All Ohio (2011,2012)

Jacob will be a preferred walk-on at The Ohio State University.

The baseball team finished the 2012 season with a record of 19 wins and 9 losses. The team finished second (6-2) in the CCL (second place) behind DeSales (7-1) and ahead of St. Charles (5-3), Ready (2-6) and Hartley (0-8). Coach Manahan also reached the 500 career victory plateau this season.

                               Manahan Reaches 500 Wins

Bishop Watterson Scott Manahan had a hunch that he could be near 500 wins before the 2012 season started but he didn’t check because he didn’t want to jinx it. It wasn’t until after the season that he looked and discovered that he did, indeed, surpass 500 wins as a head coach.

“I have a 27-year-old piece of paper that I use to keep track of wins and losses,” said Manahan. “I started coaching at Ontario outside of Mansfield right out of college and my Athletic Director advised me to keep my win-loss record that is still on a sheet of Ontario stationary.”The magic win was a 7-3 victory over Bishop Ready on May 2.“I’m blessed,” said Manahan. “I have a beautiful and wonderful wife Laura that has enabled me to do this. She decided early on that she could be a coach’s wife. She’s been supportive and that allows me to do what I do.”Manahan, whose wins come from stints at Ontario High School, Bishop Watterson, Hamilton Township High School and again at BWHS, said one of the things that has enabled him to make it to 500 wins was a willingness to change.“I’ve never felt I know everything about the game,” he said. “I always try to learn new techniques. I go to clinics and hope to learn something I can teach my players.”

"A tradition of Champions"

2012 Baseball schedules and results click here.


Baseball Season is dedicated to
"The Great Monsignor" Grimes

Leo Grimes '73, nephew to the late Monsignor Kenneth Grimes, was honored to throw out the first pitch at the baseball Eagles' home opener March 26 against Newark Catholic. The team has dedicated their season to Monsignor Grimes, a baseball player himself and a devoted fan.
On 3/27, David Stein (class of 1991) threw out the first pitch.
Thursday, March 29th the new addition of our baseball press-box was dedicated before our game vs. Worthington Kilbourne. Coincidentally, Kilbourne is coached by a former player, 1997 State Championship member Jeff Boulware. This press-box addition has been built in memory of Mr. Mark Koscielski (Adam 2011) and Mr. Bill Rogers who was one of our scoreboard operators. Both Mark and Bill passed away and are missed by our baseball community here at Watterson. Laura Koscielsk and Bob Rogers threw out the first pitch.  Throwing out the first pitch for April are: Deacon Chris Campbell. Jack Poppe ,John Mahaney.

Tuesday, May 1st the Baseball program honored its senior baseball parents and players at the game vs. Whetstone. The senior parents thew out the first pitch before the game.
May 15th Semfinals: Granville (4) defeated Watterson (8)
Bats come through for Eagles -Paul Vernon/ThisWeek - 4/16/12
Baseball squad has little margin for error  ThisWeek - 4/23/12
Defense early focus for baseball team  ThisWeek - 3/20/12


State Champions:


1988, 1991, 1997

State Final Four:


1973, 1988, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2001

District Champions:


1965, 1973, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007

The official start of baseball season is March but the preseason workouts and conditioning are year round. Strength training and cardio conditioning are key tools for any baseball player and the development of those tools is not something that occurs over night. It takes hard work, commitment and discipline to reach these goals.

Coaching Staff


Scott Manahan, Varsity Head Coach

614-268-8671 ext. 239

 Mike Royer   
 Steve Hanners   
 Shane Swearingen    

Tim O'Neil

 JV Coaches



 Nippy Prease, JV Head Coach   
 Mike Enright
 Karl Flaugher    
 Freshmen Coaches    

Dominick Marchi, Freshman Head Coach




Steve Byorth


 Nick Briski    


Varsity, JV and Freshman teams are fielded.


Months: February - June

Hours Per Week: 15 - 20

Special Notes

Those not participating in a fall or winter sport should be involved in a conditioning program. Practice and games are scheduled during spring break. Watterson has two summer teams offered for upperclassmen.