Traverse City St. Francis Sets High Goals for 2022 Baseball Season

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City St. Francis played in its first baseball games of the season earlier this week, marking the first time the Gladiators hit the field since their appearance in the 2021 Div. 3 state championship game.

The Gladiators fell to Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett in that state championship game. It was also St. Francis’ second trip there since 2017. They set a goal to make it down there again this season.

“Our theme, and you’ll see it on our flags, is 174. That’s the distance from Traverse City to Lansing is 174 miles,” St. Francis head coach Tom Passinault said. “So the kids talk about that a lot. We put it on our shirts. Our dream always and our goal always is to get to Lansing.”

The Gladiators have three seniors back this season, looking to lead the team to their eighth straight conference title as well. There will be some challenging opponents in their conference this year.

“We’ve got some young guys coming in that we’ve got to get up to speed, but it’s going to be a lot of fun and I look forward to it,” St. Francis senior Charlie Peterson said.

The Gladiators are scheduled to play in their home opener on Saturday against Reed City, with the first game of the doubleheader scheduled for 9:30 a.m.

Note: 9&10 Sports Director Matthew Doyle will sit down with the Gladiators head coach Tom Passinault throughout this season to break down some of St. Francis’ baseball games in this spring’s episodes of The Film Room. Episodes will be released every Wednesday, starting on May 4.

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