Walsh Jesuit junior Skulina tabbed Ohio High Baseball Player of the Year

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Huntington Bank/Ohio High Magazine Player of the Year

By definition, there is no way to improve on perfection. But Walsh
Jesuit pitcher Tyler Skulina still has his best days ahead of him. The junior hurler was 9-0 on the season leading the Warriors to a state
runner-up finish with a 0.75 earned run average and 84 strikeouts and
32 walks in 56.33 innings of work. He has yet to lose a game in his high school career (20-0).


By definition, there is no way to improve on perfection. But Walsh Jesuit pitcher Tyler Skulina still has his best days ahead of him.

The junior hurler was 9-0 on the season leading the Warriors to a state runner-up finish with a 0.75 earned run average and 84 strikeouts and 32 walks in 56.33 innings of work.

He has yet to lose a game in his high school career (20-0).

Skulina (6-6, 240) was nearly perfect in the Division II 2-0 state semifinal win over Columbus DeSales tossing a complete game allowing just three hits, three walks and striking out 11.

Walsh (28-4) fell to Cardon Notre Dame Cathedral Latin 2-1 in the state title game.
Skulina was also named Ohio’s top baseball player by Gatorade, automatically qualifying him for the national player of the year.

“I was shocked,” Skulina told the Cleveland Plain Dealer following the announcement in early June. “There are a lot of good players out there. It definitely is an honor.”

Past Gatorade baseball players of the year include major leaguers Ken Griffey, Jr. (Cincinnati Moeller, 1987), Chad Billingsley (Defiance, 2003) and Kent Mercker (Dublin 1986).

Skulina is the first Walsh Jesuit player to win the award in the tradition-rich program.

“Tyler Skulina continues to amaze me with his combination of elite skill, unrelenting work ethic, and maturity beyond his years,” Walsh Jesuit head coach Chris Kaczmar said. “But I am most impressed of all by his kind heart, his consistently warm smile, and his humility.

“He’s a tremendous teammate first, then he’s a dominant pitcher second.”

Though Walsh Jesuit finished state runner-up, Skulina is aiming to bring home a fifth state trophy for the Warriors – and the fourth in seven seasons next spring.

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