West’s Chapman wins Don Rabung CIC MVP Award
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 30, 2014
As one of the hardest throwers in Alaska, West High pitcher Dalton Chapman intimidated most batters with just one pitch.
His fastball has been clocked at 89 mph and he wasn’t afraid to show it off.
Then the 6-foot-5 senior right-hander added a 12-to-6 curveball to his arsenal and he became almost unhittable. His strikeouts went up from 55 last year to 77 this year.
“In counts where people assumed I’d throw a fastball, I’d mix it up and throw my curveball,” he told me. “I think that’s the reason why I struck out a lot of batters. I just kept them guessing.”
There was no guessing when it comes to the best baseball player in the Cook Inlet Conference.
Chapman was the unanimous choice for the 2014 Don Rabung CIC MVP Award in a vote by league coaches after they watched him dominate on the bump and in the box this high school season.
The ace of the West staff went 4-0 with a 0.96 ERA, allowing just six hits and five earned runs in 36.2 innings. His strikeout-to-walk ratio was 7 to 1. He also had a save.
Chapman was at his best in the first playoff game against Eagle River when he struck out a state-record 20 batters, breaking the previous record of 17 shared by South’s Max Karnos and Service’s Johnny Meszaros in 2013.
Twenty Ks? That’s Roger Clemens territory.
It’s easy to see when Chapman throws a sharp fastball followed by a knee-buckling breaking ball. He broke hearts, and bats.
Chapman threw 7 one-hitters over the last two seasons. In the second playoff game against Eagle River this year he carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before all-star RJ Dirscherl broke it up with a single.
“He broke it up in the seventh the last time we faced Eagle River,” Chapman said.
Does it eat at him, not throwing a no-hitter?
“That was definitely my biggest regret. I want that so bad,” Chapman said. “But you can’t always be thinking about a no-hitter. I got to realize that’s a tough thing to overcome. I care more about wins than I do no-hitters.”
Chapman, who also played shortstop and first base, hit .486 with 15 RBIs, four triples and one double. His slugging percentage was .771.
“I can hit,” he said. “But when I go down to Seattle I’m known as a pitcher and that’s all I’m going to be in college.”
Chapman has already signed with Everett Community College – the reigning NWAACC champion. He will join the team this fall.
This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.
COOK INLET CONFERENCE HONORS
DON RABUNG CIC MVP AWARD
Dalton Chapman, Sr., West, 4-0, 0.96 ERA, 1 Save, 77 Ks, 36 innings, .456 BA, 15 RBIs, 4 triples, .711 slugging
Alec Valdez, Sr., South, .444 BA, 10 RBIs, 15 runs, 13 walks
Mike Rosenberg, Jr., Eagle River, zero errors on 71 fielding chances at first base
ALL-COOK INLET CONFERENCE
Dalton Chapman, West, 4-0, 0.95 ERA, 1 Save, 77 Ks,
Nick Jensen, South, 4-0, 17 IP, 23 Ks
Guido Garili, Eagle River, 4-0, 1 Save
Brandon Sakumoto, Dimond 1.87 ERA
Alex Valdez, South, .444 BA, 15 runs
Mike Rosenberg, Eagle River, .386 BA, 0 errors on 71 chances
Lauren Frost, Eagle River, .273 BA, .512 OBP, 8 RBIs
Willy Homza, South, .400 BA, 9 runs, .961 fielding
LJ Felix, West, .424 BA, 13 RBI
Collin Metzel, Eagle River, .406 BA, 9 RBIs
Spencer Floyd, South, .400 BA, 11 RBIs
Brandon Sakumoto, Dimond, .286 BA, 0 errors
Nick Jensen, South, .333 BA, played 3 positions
Logan Williams, Bartlett, .366 BA, played multiple positions
Preston Micheloto, Dimond, .286 BA, 3 infield positions and outfield
Matt Schnellbaecher, East, 4 games, 12 Ks, 10 IP
Trent Talley, Eagle River, ER, 12.2 IP, 9 Ks
Max Micks, South, .333 BA, 7 RBIs
Logan Williams, Bartlett
Josh Fetko, Service
Gaten Davis, East
Liam Oberly, West
Dalton Chapman, West
Jose Ovalles, West
RJ Dirscherl, Eagle River
Lucas Thorpe, Dimond
Don McMorris, West
Yerarmy Valdez-Aristy, East
Parker Johnson, South
Zach Brueggemann, Chugiak
Jacob Crapps, South
Preston Micheletto, Dimond
Sage Dudick, South
Kyle Bremont, Dimond
Craig Hayes, East
Cody Curfman, Chugiak
Ryan Solberg, East
Jacob Crapps, South
Joe Fitka, Dimond
Jonah Costello, South
Josh Fetko, Service
Austin Dabbs, East
Raleigh Pigg, Service
Jordan Clevenger, Dimond
Jose Aristy, East
Alex Dudley, Bartlett
Ryan Dudley, Bartlett
Matt Kley, South
Jesse Wright-Crask, East
Jack Hoen, Dimond
Tony Hillman, Dimond
Nathan Ragina, Eagle River
Cameron Fabacher, Eagle River
Lucas LaPointe, Service
Blake Henderson, East
Andrew Arsenault, East
Jimmy Lanier, Chugiak