The Taft baseball program has a long tradition of “playing the game well” and developing its athletes into better baseball players, students, and members of the community. Consistent with Taft’s mission to educate the whole student, the baseball program uses the baseball diamond as an extension of the classroom. On the field student-athletes develop baseball skills and a nuanced understanding of the game; physical and mental strength; and personal character—all in an effort to achieve excellence in all respects. The program has always leveraged its players’ love for the game and their desire to excel at it to teach essential lessons about integrity, courage, and character. Each year the varsity baseball season officially gets underway in late February with approximately nine days of indoor tryouts and practices in Taft’s McCullough Field House, a facility that accommodates an indoor batting cage, several indoor mounds, and what is equivalent to a regulation-sized infield. The baseball team takes full advantage of its spring break by training for one week in south Florida every March. For many years the team has gotten its pre-season work in at Florida Coast Training Camp in Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce, where the team has many practices and plays four to five games. The team’s regular schedule begins back in New England during the first week after spring break and ends just prior to Taft’s graduation in late May. The regular season for the varsity team consists of about twenty games in both the Colonial and Founders leagues and a few non-league games with other independent schools. Taft’s faithful and generous alumni have supported not only our spring training trip, but also the recent renovation of our home ballpark, Stone Baseball Field. The Taft baseball program has had a history of developing great teams through fundamental training of players—student-athletes who strive toward excellence in academics and who contribute to the larger experience Taft. We are proud of the fact that, beyond Taft, many of our players have gone on to play baseball in great college programs like those at Amherst, Boston College, Colby, Davidson, George Washington, Miami University, University of Massachusetts, and Washington and Lee.