Wright State Raiders get commitment from Chaminade Julienne pitcher

Chaminade Julienne lefty Sebastian Gongora delivers a pitch Sunday during the Eagles’ 6-0 win over Ross in a Division II regional baseball final at Mason. MIKE HARTSOCK/STAFF
Chaminade Julienne lefty Sebastian Gongora delivers a pitch Sunday during the Eagles’ 6-0 win over Ross in a Division II regional baseball final at Mason. MIKE HARTSOCK/STAFF

Sebastian Gongora was one of the key players on two CJ championship teams

Sebastian Gongora, who played for two state championship baseball teams at Chaminade Julienne, announced his commitment to Wright State on Monday.

“First off, I would like to thank God for blessing me with the opportunity to play the game I love,” Gongora wrote on Twitter. “I would like to thank my parents and siblings for pushing me to be the best version of myself every day on and off the field. I would also like to acknowledge coach (Steve) Dintamen, coach Todd (Barhorst) and Mike Barhorst and coach Darren Himsworth for helping me throughout my recruiting process. I am very thankful for my teammates and those who surrounded me to provide support throughout my junior. With that being said, I’m proud to announce my verbal commitment to Wright State University.”

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Gongora was 6-1 with a 1.47 ERA as a sophomore. In the 2018 state championship game against Wapakoneta, his two-run go-ahead single in the top of the seventh inning broke a tie game and carried the Eagles to a 3-1 victory and their first title.

In 2019, Gongora was 9-0 with a 1.15 ERA. In the Division II state championship game that season, Gongora allowed one run on four hits in seven innings, pitching the Eagles to a 4-2 victory against Gilmour Academy. CJ became the ninth team in Ohio High School Athletic Association history to win back-to-back state baseball titles.

The 2020 season was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.