Original Florida Pokers Update: Commit, All American & Top-10 Ranking
Zain Diaco and Anthony Quigley. {Courtesy}

By: Matt Rothman

The Original Florida Pokers continue to shine following another player committing, an All-American named, and also a pair of top-10 rankings. 

Zain Diaco is officially committed to playing college baseball at The Citadel in South Carolina.

“It feels great, but the way I play from now on doesn’t change,” Diaco said. “I still play with the same intensity, but now the only difference is I represent The Citadel.”

Diaco began playing baseball in Weston when he was six before moving in to play for Marjory Stoneman Douglas coach Todd Fitz-Gerald and the Pokers, who had a huge summer. He also plays on the varsity baseball team for American Heritage, where he has hit five home runs as a sophomore and has driven in 29 RBIs.

When looking at where to play in college, Diaco loved the military aspect of the school, which he hopes to pursue later in his career. He also established a terrific relationship with the coaching staff. Before going off to college, Diaco hopes to improve his leadership skills before playing for a team that won 23 games a season ago.

J.P. Taravella star Anthony Quigley was also named an All-American by Perfect Game following his incredible season with the Pokers.  says it means a lot to be named An All-American and feels like he would not be able to do it without the support system he has. 

“It’s a list of the best ball players in the country, and being on that list is pretty awesome,” Quigley said. “It’s another big step towards the goal I have for myself. Just thankful and blessed for the recognition and the path God has put me on. I want to give all my glory to the man above.”

A University of South Florida commit, Quigley did his best in the big moments, including hitting five home runs in the Perfect Game Tournament. He also hit .365 with 18 RBIs and an OPS of 1,365 in 28 games while has also shined on the J.P. Taravella baseball team. 

The Original Florida Pokers also had two teams ranked in the top ten in the country. The 18u team finished seventh after going 31-1-1 and winning four championships. The 17u team also won multiple tournaments, including going 7-0 and winning the Perfect Game Underclassmen WWBA World Championship. 

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Matt Rothman
Matt Rothman
Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism and then graduated from the University of Florida as a graduate student. He also works for the Mohave Valley Daily News in Bullhead City, Arizona covering high school sports.