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

BIG STICK

Alec Valdez, Sr., South, .444 BA, 10 RBIs, 15 runs, 13 walks

GOLD GLOVE

Mike Rosenberg, Jr., Eagle River, zero errors on 71 fielding chances at first base

ALL-COOK INLET CONFERENCE 

FIRST TEAM

Starting Pitcher

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

Catcher

Alex Valdez, South, .444 BA, 15 runs

First Base

Mike Rosenberg, Eagle River, .386 BA, 0 errors on 71 chances

Second Base

Lauren Frost, Eagle River, .273 BA, .512 OBP, 8 RBIs

Shortstop

Willy Homza, South, .400 BA, 9 runs, .961 fielding 

Third Base

LJ Felix, West, .424 BA, 13 RBI 

Outfield

Collin Metzel, Eagle River, .406 BA,  9 RBIs

Spencer Floyd, South, .400 BA, 11 RBIs

Brandon Sakumoto, Dimond, .286 BA, 0 errors     

Utility 

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

Relief Pitcher 

Matt Schnellbaecher, East, 4 games, 12 Ks, 10 IP

Trent Talley, Eagle River, ER, 12.2 IP, 9 Ks

Designated Hitter

Max Micks, South, .333 BA, 7 RBIs

SECOND TEAM 

Starting Pitcher

Logan Williams, Bartlett 

Josh Fetko, Service

Gaten Davis, East

Catcher

Liam Oberly, West

First Base

Dalton Chapman, West

Second Base

Jose Ovalles, West

Shortstop

RJ Dirscherl, Eagle River

Third Base

Lucas Thorpe, Dimond

Outfield

Don McMorris, West

Yerarmy Valdez-Aristy, East 

Parker Johnson, South

Utility

Zach Brueggemann, Chugiak

Relief Pitcher

Jacob Crapps, South

Preston Micheletto, Dimond

HONORABLE MENTION

Starting Pitcher

Sage Dudick, South 

Catcher

Kyle Bremont, Dimond

Craig Hayes, East

Cody Curfman, Chugiak

First Base

Ryan Solberg, East

Jacob Crapps, South

Joe Fitka, Dimond

Second Base

Jonah  Costello, South

Josh Fetko, Service

Austin Dabbs, East 

Shortstop

Raleigh Pigg, Service

Jordan Clevenger, Dimond

Jose Aristy, East

Alex Dudley, Bartlett

Ryan Dudley, Bartlett

Third Base

Matt Kley, South

Jesse Wright-Crask, East

Outfield

Jack Hoen, Dimond 

Tony Hillman, Dimond 

Nathan Ragina, Eagle River 

Cameron Fabacher, Eagle River

Utility

Lucas LaPointe, Service

Blake Henderson, East

Andrew Arsenault, East

Relief Pitcher

Jimmy Lanier, Chugiak