Chapman signs with defending NWAACC baseball champ Everett

February 4, 2014

Dalton Chapman basketballThe Everett Community College baseball team was already on Dalton Chapman’s radar long before the Trojans won the NWAACC title last year.

How could you miss it? Everett has a gaudy .772 winning percentage over the last two seasons.

So when the promising Anchorage teenage ballplayer got a call to play at the Washington school, he jumped on it like a hanging breaking ball.

Chapman, of West High fame, has signed his letter of intent to join Everett this fall. Before that, though, the 6-foot-5 all-star pitcher has his senior season to play for the Eagles.

“I can’t be content with just saying I’m going to Everett,” Chapman told me. “I still gotta go to The Dome every day. I still got a lot of things I know I still need to do. I gotta be prepared to start right away.”

He was lights out last year at West, earning all-conference honors at pitcher and honorable mention at first base. He went 3-3 on the mound with a 1.76 earned run average and flashed a 55-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 30 innings.

He threw 1-hitters against Service, South and Eagle River.

Chapman throws a fastball, curveball and changeup. He said his fastball is clocked consistently at 85 to 87 mph.

Chapman met Everett head coach Levi Lacey two years ago and then played for his summer team at Laces Baseball Academy in Seattle.

“I really like Levi,” he said. “That should make that college transition a lot easier. And a lot of these kids I play with on the summer league team are actually going to the same college and so I will basically already know the entire team.

“I’m definitely grateful I got a scholarship to Everett just because of how good this team is.”