Truckee’s Chapman decides on WNCC
Jason Chapman has made his decision.
The 2006 Truckee High grad said he will sign a letter of intent today to play baseball on a scholarship at Western Nevada Community College in Carson City.
“For me, it’s probably the best fit,” he said of WNCC, which recruited him to play outfield, the position he played until switching to middle infield at Truckee last season. “I like the area, and it’s close to Truckee, so everyone can still come watch me play.”
Chapman said he was contacted by WNCC and invited for a workout on July 5.
During the workout, Chapman said he took a 40-pitch batting practice session, “a lot of fly balls off the bat” and did some throwing drills from the outfield. After the workout, he was offered a scholarship to cover his tuition.
While he made enough of an impression to be granted the scholarship, Chapman said he was quite impressed with WNCC’s year-old John L. Harvey Field.
“It’s the best facility I’ve seen on any recruiting trip,” he said, adding that the quality of the school’s baseball program ” WNCC was the Scenic West Athletic Conference champions in its first season ” and the prospect of playing in a wood bat league also influenced his decision.
“I’m excited,” said Chapman, who transferred to Truckee last year from Mendocino High. “It’s a winning program, so I’m excited to start. It will be a fun experience.”
Since being selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 44th round of the Major League Baseball draft in June, and turning down an offer he felt was too low to bite on, Chapman has been on his share of recruiting trips.
This summer he has visited Santa Rosa Junior College, Sierra College, American River College, Cosumnes River College, Cuesta College and Feather River College.
Starting Aug. 10, when practice for fall ball begins, he’ll be a Western Nevada Community College Wildcat.
Besides playing solid defense at second base and shortstop in his first season as a Wolverine, Chapman broke the NIAA record with a 31-game hit streak ” every game from start to finish. The previous record was 25, set by Galena’s Joe Hooft in 2000.
Over the course of 31 league and non-league games (excluding the three games of playoffs), Truckee’s leadoff man hit .693, with 14 home runs, 13 doubles, six triples and a slugging percentage of 1.397. He knocked in 39 runs and scored 55 while striking out seven times and walking 11.
Chapman in 16 games of league play hit .595 and had a slugging percentage of 1.276. He struck out twice and walked six times in 47 at-bats. He also led the team in stolen bases with 19 and runs with 31.
“Just the way he plays, it speaks for itself. He’s a baseball player,” said Truckee head coach Mike Ellis. “He can start anywhere he goes.”
Chapman’s father Kelvin played in the majors from 1979 to 1985 as a second and third baseman in the Mets organization.
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