Chapman learns how to pitch all over again at Everett College

April 1, 2017

Dalton Chapman baseball

Dalton Chapman

When Anchorage’s Dalton Chapman arrived at Everett Community College in Washington two years ago he threw a baseball.

Now he pitches.

“I’ve learned a ton,” he told me. “You can throw a ball 100 mph but have no pitching ability and be known as a guy who just throws hard or be a pitcher known as the guy who gets the job done and knows how to get outs.”

Back from a redshirt season, the right-hander has started his sophomore season beautifully with a 1.87 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 24 innings.

Chapman, of West High fame, sat out last season to get his academics in order.

“The reason why I couldn’t play last year was because I took 30 credits that didn’t transfer, so I had two options: redshirt or play and only be able to go to NAIA schools, which isn’t bad but I have dreams to play D1.”

Turns out taking a year off was the best thing that ever happened.

“It gave me a year to get better and mature and now I am in contact with about 15 schools and pro scouts as well,” Chapman said.

He throws a 4-seam fastball, a 2-seamer, changeup and slider.

“My slider is my out pitcher for sure,” Chapman said.

He’s also throwing his fastball in the 92-mph range, quite the jump from when he threw in the mid-80s in Alaska.

The 6-foot-5 pitcher has allowed 10 hits and 14 walks in his five starts.

Dancing around so many base runners is a sign of growth with improved mental makeup because he no longer gets rattled under pressure.

“Every time I face a batter I just tell myself over and over ‘one pitch at a time,’” he said. “As a freshman, I struggled because I would only care about the end result. You have to get two strikes on a guy before punching him out with strike three.”