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O'Connell baseball player chosen Division I first-team all-state

Senior batted .397 and had a stingy earned run average on the mound
Bishop O'Connell High School's Noah Haught was chosen first team Division I all-state in baseball for his performances this season.

With a .397 batting average and 0.97 earned run average, Bishop O’Connell High School junior baseball player Noah Haught was chosen first-team Division I private-school all-state for his performance during the 2024 season.

The infielder/pitcher helped O’Connell finish with a 15-12 record, which included a 1-1 mark in the Division I state tournament. The loss was by a 1-0 score to top seed Miller School in a quarterfinal game.

Haught had eight doubles, two triples and a homer this past season, with 17 RBI. He scored 18 runs.

On the mound, Haught worked 29 innings with 35 strikeouts in 10 appearances. He allowed just four earned runs.

Haught was the only O’Connell player chosen all-state. Haught also was chosen first team all-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference for the 2024 season.

Also chosen first team all-WCAC from O’Connell was sophomore catcher Jack Woda, with senor outfielder/pitcher Peyton Kijek making second team. O’Connell senior infielder Michael Powell, senior  pitcher Jack Rampy and senior outfielder Andy Fronczek were honorable-mention.

Fronczek belted a seventh-inning three-run homer to right field to help O’Connell rally for a 6-3 road victory over the Potomac School Panthers in a play-in game of the Division I state baseball tournament.  Haught earned the win in relief in that contest, fanning four in two shutout innings of work.

Kijek had two hits in each state-tournament game.

In other O’Connell baseball news, hard-throwing sophomore right-handed pitcher Shota Fogus has been chosen to be a member of the North Team during the annual Virginia Commonwealth Games high-school baseball competition, to be held July 12-14 at Liberty University in Lynchburg.

Fogus worked 23 2/3 innings for O’Connell this season. He struck out 23 and had a 2.96 earned run average. Haught also will play on that North Team.