Boys varsity baseball team wins conference for the first time in 15 years


Pete Ferretti

Senior Jack Swiney slides into home plate in a league game against Lafayette. Parkway West won with a final score 18-8 on May 9. “Senior Trevor Abney got a base hit up the middle. The center fielder on the other team threw it home as I was sliding into home plate, so there was a play there,” Swiney said.

Irene Yannakakis, Staff Writer

The varsity baseball team defeated Affton High School on May 1, taking home their first conference title in 15 years.

For the past five years, varsity baseball coach Tony McNabb has been building player fundamentals, experience and confidence by setting up camps and fall and winter open gyms.

“I feel deep pride for our players for their hard work, trust of our processes and belief that they could do this. I felt a relief for myself and our baseball community,” McNabb said. “It has been a journey filled with my struggles and challenges. I feel humbled.”

During the final moments of the game, senior Jack Swiney hit a home run bringing three runs for the team, taking the lead by three.

“Since it was the first time in 15 years, it was really cool to do something for the program and to do something that the team can enjoy because we deserved to win,” Swiney said.

Although the team lost to Lafayette in the first round of districts, they are still holding their heads high.

“We had a lot of accomplishments throughout the season, like winning the conference and having a winning conference for the first time in 15 years,” Swiney said.  “We are disappointed, but also proud.”