By Jay Seaton
Local baseball standout Joey “Moses” Stoll will participate as a member of one of the most elite travel baseball teams around. Stoll, a senior at St. Edward High School and an Ohio State University baseball recruit, will be traveling this summer with the Miami Valley Warhawks Baseball Club.
“It is an honor to play with a team like the Warhawks,” Stoll said. “I’m excited for the challenge of playing against great talent this summer.”
The Warhawks are a nonprofit charity club, founded in 1990, with a goal of raising the intensity of the game of baseball and maintaining a light-hearted team atmosphere (according to the team’s website). Stoll is one of the area’s standout baseball players and was lucky enough to be selected by the Warhawks.
Being a part of the Warhawks puts Stoll in good company. Past members and alumni include professional players Pat Burrell, Brian Roberts, Brandon Phillips and many others.
Stoll, a Westlake native, believes he owes a great deal of his success on and off the field to St. Ed’s and its baseball program.
“Going to St. Edward was the best decision of my life,” he said. “I honestly don’t think I would have had the opportunities I have today if it weren’t for their baseball program and my coach (Danny Allie). (Coach Allie) helped me throughout the entire recruitment process.”
After a rebuilding year, with the traditionally excellent St. Edward Eagles finishing with a record of 7-14, Stoll looks to the future.
“Our team was very young and inexperienced this year, and our record showed it,” Stoll said. “I was one of only three returning starters.”
Regardless of the somewhat rocky season, Stoll feels that it benefited him in multiple ways.
“I was put into a leadership role from the very beginning,” he said. “That will definitely pay off in the future at Ohio State.”
Stoll finished his season with a batting average above .400 and went 3-3 as a pitcher with an ERA of 2.00.
“This summer is going to be crazy,” Stoll said about his summer baseball schedule. “I will be playing in Dayton with the Warhawks, and I will probably play about 50 games in less than 30 days.”
He feels that he is up for the challenge, though.
“I love the game of baseball, and I think I’m ready for this,” he said.
Not only will the Warhawks be playing a lot of games, but they will also be traveling to multiple states as well. Their schedule consists of tournaments in Tennessee, Georgia and Indiana.
As an Ohio State commit, Stoll plans to major in engineering and take full advantage of the school’s excellent programs. He also has even higher aspirations.
“Playing Major League baseball is every little kid’s dream, and I would be kidding you if I said it still wasn’t my dream,” Stoll said. “If I am presented with the opportunity to go pro, I would go pro, but I cannot predict the likelihood of that happening, so I am fortunate to have a school like Ohio State to get me ready for a career.”