Fall Ball Tournament Champions

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Fall Ball Tournament Champions

Veronica Smialkowska, Reporter

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       On Tuesday October 16, the boys Fall Baseball team captured the championship of the Skokie Park District High School Fall Ball League.

     Fall ball is played in the months of September and October before the spring season begins. The team included senior baseball players  Diego Gonzalez (Div. 931), Pedro Roman (Div. 933), Matthew Plucinski (Div. 947),  Christian Reyes (Div. 921), Tyler Powell (Div. 933) and Mark Dembowski (Div. 914).

     Taft was losing 2-1 with two outs in the bottom of the 7th inning to St. Patrick High School before  tying the game and Reyes then driving in the winning run for a 3-2 victory.

“It was pretty exciting, we were down to the last out but ended up winning. It was the first time Taft has won the tournament,” said Reyes.

     Several players were key, but Reyes’ hitting and Jacob Torres’ performance on the mound were crucial.

The team uses Fall Ball to work on their skills in preparation for the spring season. The fall season brings the players together to begin the process that will lead to success in the spring.

Coach Richard Pildes explained, “The fall season is a critical piece in the transition from the previous year to the new one. It is where we are able to begin to fit the pieces together that will give us an opportunity to continue the long standing success of Taft Baseball.”

“I appreciate that the baseball season in the spring is of greater importance but I really enjoy fall ball. It is a great deal of fun,” said Roman.

       “Achievement on the diamond is a TEAM effort. The fall is largely about beginning the process of creating a successful next baseball season. However, the playoffs do create a greater incentive for finding a way to win,” said Coach Pildes.

The boys walked off with the 2018 Fall Ball Championship, and they are ready for the spring.