On Wednesday, May 15, the St Aidan’s Stallions welcomed former MLB baseball player and professional hitting instructor Steve MacQuail to their practice field for a two-hour batting practice session. MacQuail was a baseball standout in both high school and college and was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays. He played in the Blue Jays and Arizona Diamondbacks organizations and finished his professional baseball career here on Long Island with the Long Island Ducks. He then went on to coaching and is a very respected and in-demand hitting instructor.
MacQuail first gave the entire team an overview on hitting. He reviewed stance, the stages of hitting and finish. He then worked individually with every boy, working on and improving their swing and overall approach to hitting. The session ended with a team review if the hitting concepts they had just worked on.
Coaches Kenny Solosky and Patrick Solosky, both students of MacQuail, were very happy with the batting session. They had several players’ remark on how much they learned and how helpful they found the advice given by MacQuail. “We both trained with Steve and he knows hitting” said Patrick Solosky. “It was nice that each and every player could benefit from his training.”
The St. Aidan’s Stallions finished their 2019 regular season at .500 with a three and three record. They are eager and ready to begin the playoffs next week.
The St. Aidan’s Middle School baseball team known as the Stallions plays in the Catholic Spirit League. The league is school based, and only utilizes wood bats in order to prepare the players for the Catholic High School League.