Slugging Todaro ready for the next level at Malone

Slugging Todaro ready for the next level at Malone
Dave Mast

Hiland first baseman Jeff Todaro finished up an excellent career at Hiland as a second-team All-Ohioan in Div. IV. He will continue his craft as a Malone University Pioneer next season.


While the current Hiland baseball season just ended, big Hawks first baseman Jeff Todaro can’t help but be more than a little excited about the opportunity that lies ahead of him.

The hard-hitting senior has committed to Malone University, where he hopes to begin the next phase of his baseball career.

“I’m very excited, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to go up there, work hard and prove myself at the next level,” Todaro said.

After recently being tabbed as a Div. IV second-team All-Ohioan, Todaro’s performance this season speaks volumes as to why Malone University is eager to bring him on board.

Todaro got off to an excellent start his senior campaign and made it stand throughout the season, helping the Hawks rack up another winning campaign on their way to another regional final appearance.

He said he knows one advantage he has over other incoming recruits is the preparation that players get in the Hawks’ program.

“I know a lot of teams don’t put in the kind of work that this program does here at Hiland,” Todaro said. “It’s not just spring but summer ball too, and we use our facility and put in tons of work outside of practice. I think Hiland baseball just does things the right way in teaching players how to properly play the game and work at it.”

Todaro’s joy for the game is why he plays not only spring and summer baseball for Hiland, but also participates in a fall ball program that plays in Wayne and Stark counties.

“I’ve always enjoyed the game,” Todaro said. “It can be challenging, tough and humbling at times, but I love the mental part of it, and I like putting in the work.”

In his several camps at Malone, Todaro said he put everything together to make an impression, and he felt like they saw the potential in his game.

Swinging from the left side, Todaro brings a ton of power along with solid defense.

He said he knows the college game will be a step up, faster, with tougher pitching and more challenges. However, having other players from Hiland who had nothing but good things to say about the program was encouraging.

His head coach at Hiland has definitely enjoyed his services during his tenure as a Hawk.

“He’s looking to continue the tradition of sending players to Malone and having quality careers there,” Hiland head coach Chris Dages said of Todaro. “He’s a big, strong kid who is hitting the ball really well. He’s one of those guys who plays three seasons throughout the year, so he’s put in the necessary work to reap this kind of reward.”

Dages said Todaro’s strength was a key factor in his growth as a player and said the slugging first baseman had attended several camps at Malone and they obviously liked what they saw.

Dages said he would love to continue to serve as a feeder program for the Malone pipeline, and the Pioneers understand how well prepared and knowledgeable Hawks players are in moving to the next level.

Todaro said he will initially pursue a degree in business at MU.

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