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Walsh Jesuit trio make Wrigley Field visit

By mikeb Published: September 11, 2008

A trio of Walsh Jesuit baseball players recently traveled to historic Wrigley Field and two got the opportunity to play where the Chicago Cubs play, Walsh coach Chris Kaczmar said.

Walsh juniors Tyler Skulina and Johnny Fasola played for the St. Louis Cardinals scout team, the Midwest Redbirds, who lost a game 4-2. Warriors senior catcher James Toland made the trip to Chicago, but did not play because of an injury (broken foot).

Skulina pitched one inning and struck out two batters. The 6-foot-6 right-hander allowed no hits, no runs and walked one.

Fasola made some solid defensive plays at third base, but went 0-for-4 at bat. He did walk and get an RBI.

The Redbirds program provides players the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of college scouts in a professional atmosphere. The team will get the chance to play games at major college baseball stadiums including Louisville, Kentucky, Miami (Ohio) and Notre Dame.

The Redbirds are a select team of players from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Western Pennsylvania. Cardinals area scout Brian Hopkins is the coach.

Walsh Jesuit’s 2009 baseball team is slated to return eight position-playing starters and three-fifth’s of its pitching staff from the 2008 Division II Ohio state champions. The Warriors finished with a record of 30-3 in 2008.

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