Walsh Jesuit baseball coach Chris Kaczmar announced today that three returning members of the Warriors team -- junior third baseman/right-handed pitcher Johnny Fasola, junior 6-foot-6 right-handed pitcher Tyler Skulina and senior catcher James Toland -- were selected to play this fall for the St. Louis Cardinals scout team, the Midwest Redbirds.
Skulina, Fasola and Toland will get the opportunity to play in a weekend series in Wrigley Field, the famed stadium of the Chicago Cubs. Skulina is scheduled to start on the mound Saturday morning.
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.