Cathedral Catholic High of San Diego began the season with high expectations, ranking third in the Preseason High School Top 25 thanks to a pitching staff that returned all 30 wins from the 2012 season and included five Division I signees. However, hopes of repeating as San Diego Section champions and contending for a national title may be in jeopardy.
Coach Gary Remiker confirmed that he has suspended five players from the team for violating a team rule at the end of the National High School Invitational tournament in Cary, N.C. The school is reviewing the incident, which could possibly lead to additional suspensions.
Remiker said he could not comment further but did say some players will be lost for the season. He did not name the suspended players for the Dons, who went 1-3 at the NHSI and are 13-4 overall on the season. The Dons currently rank 13th in the BA Top 25.
With a roster of 21 players, any suspensions would be a big blow for the Dons on the field. They had preseason aspirations of claiming a national championship and contending for the NHSI title two weeks ago. They beat Grayson High (Loganville, Ga.) in the opening round, but then lost to Venice (Fla.) High, taking them out of the running for the NHSI championship.
The Dons didn’t seem to recover after that, losing close games to Lexington (S.C.) High 2-1 and Bingham High (South Jordan, Utah) 5-4.
Aside from college signees, Cathedral Catholic has several draft prospects such as lefthander Stephen Gonsalves, a preseason first-team All-American.
Baseball America will have more on this story as information becomes available.