Deacon Matthew Hoelscher from the diocese of Peoria Illinois gives a vocation talk to the Ryken Knights at the third inning stretch break a few weeks before his own ordination to the priesthood.
We are a unique baseball team consisting entirely of Catholic priests and seminarians who were one time High School and/or College baseball players. We play fast pitch hardball with Catholic High School varsity baseball teams in front of crowds of up to 1000 people at Minor league ball parks in the Washington DC area in an effort to raise awareness and interest in the great vocation to the Catholic Priesthood. We are in our fourth season and our record is 5-3-1. In each game we have a third inning stretch where we address the crowd on the topic of vocations. Here are two videos produced by the Archdiocese of Washington’s office of Multi-media that will give you a much better idea of what we are about:
Fall of 2011 Youtube Video (1 1/2 min); Fall of 2013 Youtube Video (2 1/2 min).
DC Padres in August 2013 @ Baysox Stadium
2014 Season Schedule
Sunday, April 6th VS. The Heights @ Bowie Bay Sox Stadium (result: Padres won 8-0) Pic below.
Sunday, April 27th VS. St. Mary’s Ryken @ Blue Crabs Stadium (result: Padres won 6-5). Pic above.
Sunday, August 31st VS. Gonzaga @ Bowie Bay Sox Stadium
The DC Padres and The Heights in the Spring of 2014 @ the Bowie Baysox Stadium
DC Padres and Bishop McNamara August 2013 @ Baysox Stadium
DC Padres and St. Mary’s Ryken in May 2013 @ the Blue Crabs Stadium
DC Padres and Paul VI in April 2013 @ the Potomac Nationals Stadium
DC Padres and Seton High School Fall of 2012 @ the Potomac Nationals Stadium
St. Vincent Pallotti after playing the DC Padres at the Bowie Bay Sox Stadium Fall 2012
Bishop Martin Holley leads everyone in the pre-game prayer.
Bishop Holley throws the first pitch.
Fr. Larry Young (Manager), Bishop Holley, Ken Sheiber (Announcer)
Fr. Andrew Fisher
- Seminarian Matthew Hoelscher playing Shortstop
Seminarian Adam Cesarek
Fr. Greg Shaffer comes in to relieve
Brother John Paoletti with a vicious swing
Fr. Larry Young secures an out
Seminarian Stephen Jagla safe at home
Fr. Larry Swink comes in to relieve
Fr. Dave Wells being held at first
Fr. Jose Raul De Leon takes off for second base
Seminarian Kevin Dansereau
Fr. Larry Swink signing autographs after the game