Athlete Spotlight: Ernie Day


Junior Ernie Day leads off to steal first base against Von Steuben High School on April 12, 2018 at the Taft Meadowlands.
Photo provided by Ernie Day.

    Junior Ernie Day (Div. 036)  has impressed many on the mound, and will only continue to impress.

     At the age of 3,Ernie began playing baseball and fell in love with the sport. “I played all sports: baseball, basketball, and football. Baseball was always my favorite sport.” His love for baseball only grew in high school, as he is currently on the boys varsity baseball team.

    You can find Ernie playing 3rd base or often times pitching on the mound. No matter where it may be, his teammates have a great deal of trust in him. “I feel confident because he always does his part, which makes everyone else’s job easier”, said Senior Captain, Diego Gonzalez (Div. 931). Senior, Pedro Roman (Div. 933), also has high praise for his teammate, Ernie, adding “Ernie is one of the best, if not the best player on our team. He is a great hitter and most likely our ace this year.”

       Although many other sports held the same opportunity of playing at the next level, Ernie had to choose between baseball, football, and basketball. “At some point in an athlete’s career, you need to decide on concentrating on one sport”, said Day. He made quick work of his decision and raised some eyebrows over the past year,

      Ernie recently announced his division 1 commitment to Miami University in Ohio. Playing baseball has been a goal of Ernie’s for a long time and he will soon see the benefits to all his hard work. “The opportunity to play baseball at the next level has always been a dream of mine at a young age. I always had D1 dreams”, said Day. Ernie is planning on being a two-way player at third base and as a pitcher, which you don’t see often at the Division 1 level. The RedHawks compete in the Mid-American Conference and have a strong athletic tradition, which were also key factors in Ernie’s commitment.

     This season, the Eagles look to compete in the Jackie Robinson North conference and win their second consecutive conference championship. Ernie is fully confident in his team saying, “I am very excited about this upcoming season because I believe we will have a strong team to repeat a conference championship and hopefully win a City Championship for Taft.”

      Good luck to Ernie and playing at the collegiate level.