Grzelakowski takes long road to success

Taylor Grzelakowski played his college baseball at a school that shares a name with a music icon. That would be NAIA Madonna University in Michigan.

Undrafted out of college, he landed in the independent league on a team that seems fitting for a fairy tale. That would be the Utica Unicorns of the United Shore Professional Baseball League.

His baseball journey has been an interesting one, filled with highs and lows. But in a big moment, when the Pensacola Blue Wahoos needed him most, the 25-year-old leftfielder delivered against the Mobile Baybears in a Southern League showdown last Wednesday night.

With two on and two out, zeros on the scoreboard for both teams, Grzelakowski drilled a single through the infield that brought Caleb Hamilton across the plate for the first walk-off win of the season.

Not bad for a guy who wasn’t exactly a highly sought-after player coming out of high school.

“Madonna University was the only offer I had,” Grzelakowski said. “I went there as a walk-on and loved every second of it. I wouldn’t change anything. Being here two years later, it’s indescribable.”

Read the full article in the May 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.


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