Baseball

Baseball opened in the spring of 1959 with Karl Zalar as the first coach.  The Senecas took home the SBC title during their first season.  During the seven years in conference competition, Zalar’s teams dominated the SBC, producing a total of five league titles (including four in a row from 1959-1962), along with one sectional title and two district runner-up positions.  Just after winning his sixth SBC cr own, Zalar stepped down in the spring of 1976 after 18 consecutive years at the helm.  Mike Ingram and John Williams followed him for 2-year stints each.  Williams won a sectional title in 1979 and an SBC crown in 1980.  Opening the spring of 1981, Joe Zirger took over as head coach for three seasons.  Zirger’s clubs produced 2 sectional championships and the school’s eighth and final SBC crown in 1983.  “Zip” returned for one final season (1984) after Zirger.  All he did was produce the most wins in Calvert Baseball history (16) at the time.  This record would stand alone for 16 years.   Zalar finished as the winningest baseball coach in Calvert history, with a record of 158-94.  Mike Brickner started the 1985 season and coached through 1987.  Howard Stultz II took over in 1988 and produced five sectional championships in nine seasons.  Stultz resigned at the end of the 1996 season.  Rick Demith assumed the post in 1997, taking a sectional title and a first-ever district title in 1998.  Following this was another sectional and a second consecutive district title in 1999. In 2000, the Senecas took the sectional and district again, their third consecutive district crown.  They also finished as regional runner-up, the farthest a Calvert team has ever advanced in the tourney.  Demith stepped down following the 2002 campaign with a career record of 84-61.  Matt Coleman stepped in and continued right where Demith left off.  In the 2003 season, the Senecas won the sectional title, their fourth district title in school history, and finished the season 16-10.  The 16 wins tied for the most wins at the time.  The Senecas finished the 2004 season with their first ever MAL championship, while also breaking the record for wins in a season at a 17-3-1 clip.  In 2005, the Senecas finished 2nd in the MAL, and yet again set a school record for wins in a season, at 19-6.  This record still stands.  Coleman’s fourth and final year produced a second MAL title, and the school’s 5th district championship in the past nine seasons.  Coleman also passed Zip Zalar with the best winning percentage in Calvert Baseball history (.714).  Brett Green took over as head coach for the 2007 season and guided the Senecas to a 12-10 record.  David Larocco was hired in place of Green for the 2008 season.  Larocco resigned during the season, with the Senecas at 5-11; longtime assistant coach Mike Hart took the team through the rest of the 2008 season, finishing at 9-14 (5-3 MAL).  James Feasel took over the team for 2009 and led them to 15 wins(7-3 MAL) in his first season. Coach Coleman returned to the Head Coaching position for the 2012 season, and Dustin Ritchie is currently the Head Coach.