Once pitcher Alex Tawa resolved himself into making a decision to repeat his junior year, he knew big changes were coming, along with his ability to adapt.
Because of a serious injury and COVID protocols, Tawa felt the need to make an impactful move by leaving the familiar confines of his hometown public high school to venture elsewhere, enrolling at Loomis Chaffee School as a reclassified junior.
Tawa’s high school career began at Xavier High in Middletown, Conn., before transferring to Coginchaug Regional in Durham, Conn. He was a member of last season’s CIAC Class S state championship team, but his time on the field was limited due to a partially torn UCL, which required Tommy John surgery in June.
Fortunately for Tawa, his capabilities on the mound were well-documented before the injury occurred. During a 2020 PBR Future Games event, his fastball was clocked in the high 80s, which caught the attention of some Division 1 college programs, including St. John’s, Rhode Island and Fordham.