Pulaski High School Senior baseball standout Tom Taplin has signed his letter of intent to play Division 1 Baseball with the University at Buffalo Bulls.
At a special signing ceremony in the high school library, Taplin was joined by his father and baseball coach, Wayne Taplin Jr., mother Susan, sister Amanda and grandfather, Wayne Sr., as well as classmates, friends, teammates, teachers and community members.
Taplin was moved by the support shown as he took the pen and signed his name for the momentous decision. The turnout for the ceremony was the perfect example of what a great community Pulaski is, according to Taplin who said, “We really care about each other here.”
Taplin had several schools interested in him, from as far away as Indiana, but his decision to play for the Bulls was easy after he visited the school and found the right fit for him and his family.
“I loved the campus and the school,” he said. “And, I liked the coaching staff and the way the team is working.” They also have a respected business administration program, which will be Taplin’s major at the school.
The scholarship he will receive will cover a lot of the costs at UB.
A varsity player for the Pulaski baseball team since ninth grade, Taplin looks forward to this, his last season at the school. Taplin plays shortstop and pitches for the Blue Devils but says he will play where ever the coach asks him to at Buffalo.
Taplin also plays football and was the starting quarterback for the Pulaski team. His football coach, Ray Archer, said about Taplin’s football talent “this could very well be a football signing ceremony.” The Blue Devils had the best football season in about 20 years according to Taplin, going 6-2 for the year. A three-sport athlete, he also plays hockey on the Ontario Bay Hockey team and earned all-league honorable mention in the Division I East last season.
Despite his busy schedule of athletics, Taplin is also an outstanding student, earning honor roll status and maintaining a 90 average, a feat his principal Jay Altobello was proud to point out, “Tom has coupled academic success with athletics,” said Altobello, “and he will reap the benefits of good things happening.”
The emotional gathering was summed up perfectly by Taplin’s father and baseball coach who said, “We couldn’t be prouder.”