Fords shine at Inter-Ac baseball showcase

Fourth Former Micheal Dean practices baseball after school – Agustin Aliaga ’21

     On September 23, 2020, Maplezone Sports Institute (MSI) hosted the first ever Inter-Academic baseball showcase. With the absence of the spring season, this scout day provided all 62 players with an opportunity to get on collegiate coaches’ radars. 

     Prep Baseball Report (PBR) hosted the event. PBR is essential for aspiring collegiate baseball players, as most coaches use the stats from this website. Several baseball players made an appearance, including Will Ferris, Colby McNeely, Cole Donnely, Jac Campbell, James Falk, Jonny Flieder, Mark Quatrani, Mike Tallarida, and Grayson Walker, highlighting their pitching, fielding, hitting, and running abilities.

     Sixth Former Jonny Flieder stood out. Flieder tied for first place in the 60-yard dash, recording a speedy 6.59. Alongside his blazing 60 time, Flieder peaked with an 85 m.p.h. Infield Velocity, first among all infielders. Flieder was excited about his performance.

     “Especially after missing last year’s season, it felt great to get back out on the field with Inter-Ac guys and show what I can do,” Fledier said. “I worked really hard over the long break and was really excited to see it pay off. The event was really cool because it gave the guys on our team an opportunity to not only represent ourselves but also Haverford baseball in a good light.”

Fourth Former Brenden Touey warming up, September 21, 2020 – Agustin Aliaga ’21

     Sixth Former Mike Tallarida shone as well. He recorded a 97 m.p.h. Exit Velocity, with an average distance of 318 feet per swing. Hoping to play at the collegiate level, Tallarida continues working hard.

     “Personally, I would love to play college baseball if it’s the right fit for me. I’m looking to play at a high academic school, so it narrows my options down. Especially with COVID protocols and the NCAA dead period, it was tough to interact with Division-I coaches throughout the summer,” Tallarida said.

“The event was well-run and did an excellent job at helping players in their college recruiting process.”

Micheal Tallarida ’21

     The players show up and compete, and PBR takes care of the rest. During events, PBR loads up their social media for scouts to see. These platforms include numerous tweets on Twitter, Instagram posts and stories, and in this case, a livestream. At the culmination of the event, PBR uploaded statistics for each player onto their website.

     “The staff at PBR does an excellent job of promoting their players specifically through social media,” Tallarida added. “With the top tier technology they have, PBR provides accurate numbers for different baseball measurables. The event was well-run and did an excellent job at helping players in their college recruiting process.”

Author: Jake LaRocca '22

Sports editor Jake LaRocca has written for The Index since 2018. His articles "Water Polo led by junior Olympians" earned a Silver Key from the 2020 Philadelphia-Area Scholastic Writing competition.