Baseball - Varsity
Baseball has been an important part of life at Taft since the school’s inception. Many descriptions of the extracurricular activities from the early years at Taft mention baseball, and indeed, in the school archives there are photos and accounts (some more than 100 years old) of Mr. Taft playing baseball with the boys. It has even been said that Mr. Taft waited until he had enough graduates to field a baseball team before he was willing to host the school's first alumni reunion.
Today, Taft offers many more options, but baseball still remains an integral part of the athletic program. The team itself is always competitive. There have been many outstanding seasons for baseball at Taft, with very few “down” years. Team play and sportsmanship are emphasized, with the understanding that hard work, persistence, hustle, and attention to detail are the building blocks of athletic success. Still, players and coaches never forget the fundamental reason for taking the field each day: Baseball is fun!
The season starts with a week of indoor tryouts in late February and early March, followed by a weeklong spring training trip to Florida during spring break. The team then returns to Connecticut ready to start the eight-week long, approximately 19-game regular season. Taft plays 15 Founders League games (Hotchkiss, Choate, Kent, Avon, Trinity-Pawling, Westminster, Kingswood-Oxford, and Loomis) and approximately four non-league games.
Our facility is part of an impressive complex that includes the Lawrence H. Stone Baseball Pavilion, Rockwell Field, and two hitting tunnels. It is centrally located on campus, and a great place to watch a game. People walking across campus near the pond often end up stopping by to watch a few innings.
Each year a few Taft players go on to play baseball at the college level, and many more come back to watch games and reminisce with coaches about the great experience they had while playing baseball at Taft.
About Head Coach John Piacenza
Mr. Piacenza graduated from Westborough High School, Westborough, MA, in 1975 and from Yale University in 1979. At Yale, he majored in applied mathematics with concentrations in electrical engineering and computer science, and he lettered in baseball. After graduating from college, Mr. Piacenza worked for a computer company in Westborough as a programmer analyst. He left the high-tech world to take a teaching job at Taft in 1983, and he has been teaching and coaching at Taft ever since. Mr. Piacenza has taught all levels of mathematics, and has coached basketball and baseball at the school and in the town of Watertown. Mr. Piacenza teaches Taft’s highest-level Math course—Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra—and has done so since the inception of the course in 2000. He also leads workshops in Multivariable Calculus and in Linear Algebra each summer through the Taft Education Center. He and his wife, Jean (nee Strumolo, Taft class of '75), have four children: Emily ’00, Anthony ’01, Lucia ’04, and Thomas ’06.
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