Malvern Prep Baseball Earns Second Straight PAISAA State Championship Title

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Malvern Prep Baseball Earns Second Straight PAISAA State Championship Title

The Malvern Prep Community gathered in the Quad on May 30 to celebrate the Varsity Baseball team winning the PAISAA State Championship title on Saturday, May 25. The team defeated Perkiomen School for the second straight year with a score of 13-4. Under the leadership of Head Varsity Baseball Coach, Fred Hilliard, this was the team’s 11th consecutive appearance in the PAISAA State final game.

Highlights of the game included senior, Tague Davis striking out six batters in four innings, allowing just one earned run. Andrew Pellicciotta ’25 dominated on offense, reaching base in all five of his at-bats including a home run and four RBIs. Sophomore Brady Abate scored two runs and was on base in all four of his plate appearances.

The celebration began with a prayer from Rev. William Gabriel, O.S.A. who spoke on the moment right before the Championship game when senior leaders got in touch with him to have a Mass before the game. The players joined together to pray, connect, remember their special bonds, and thank God for each other.

Coach Hilliard remarked on the team, saying, “When I think about this group, one word comes to mind: 'special.’ Not just the talent and the performances on the field this year, but the kind of human beings they are off the field. They embody everything that this school stands for. Their selflessness and the way they get along and care about each other and the school, they are the perfect embodiment of what Malvern Prep is all about.”

The team will go down as one of the best in the history of Malvern Prep, finishing with a 34-3 record. The most wins in a season for Coach Hilliard and his coaching staff. Nine players have been named All-League, the most by one school for one Inter-Ac team ever. Mr. Jim Stewart Jr. ’86 remarked on the success of the squad by saying, “Being able to celebrate back-to-back state championships is truly remarkable. This win demonstrates the commitment of the players and coaching staff - we are so proud of all the team has accomplished this season.”