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Chesapeake College's Delawter signs with UMBC

Sunday, July 02, 2006

WYE MILLS – First baseman/pitcher Will Delawter recently became the second member of Chesapeake College´s 2006 baseball team to sign with a Division I institution, accepting a baseball scholarship to play for the University of Maryland Baltimore County

Mike Kelch, who played shortstop on the Skipjacks´ 2005 and 2006 teams, previously signed with Division I Temple University. This is the first time two Chesapeake College baseball players have earned Division I athletic scholarships in the same year.

Delawter had several Division I scholarship opportunities, but said multiple factors led him to select UMBC.

"UMBC offered me a good scholarship, transferred 62 of 63 credits, and has a solid baseball program with a great coach (John Jancuska)," said Delawter, who plans to double-major in elementary education and psychology. "I was pretty much sold on Coach Jancuska from the start. He´s a good person and a good coach."

"This is great news both for Will and for our baseball program," said Frank Szymanski, Chesapeake College´s athletic director and baseball coach. "We now have baseball players regularly playing two years at Chesapeake and then earning Division I scholarships. This shows what can be accomplished when out student athletes are committed to working hard in the classroom and on the field."

Delawter hit .383 in his two years at Chesapeake, including .387 during a freshman season in which he was named to the NJCAA Division II All-American third team. He drove in 96 runs and hit 16 homers during his Chesapeake College career.

Delawter also compiled a 4-6 pitching record for the Skipjacks, who went to the 2005 NJCAA Division II World Series and posted a 70-33-1 record during his stay at Chesapeake.

Delawter said his fondest memory of his Chesapeake College experience "obviously was going to the World Series."

"The camaraderie we had as a team was just unmatched. Going to battle with those guys and making some long-lasting friendships were things that I´ll always remember," said Delawter. "I also can´t thank Coach Szymanski enough for everything he´s done for me."

Szymanski said he expects Delawter to be just as successful at the next level.

"Will worked extremely hard, academically and athletically, and his work ethic will help him succeed at UMBC," said Szymanski. "He´s a great player, especially in clutch situations. It was a pleasure to coach him the past two years."

UMBC plays in the American East Conference. The Retrievers finished last in the seven-team baseball league in 2006, posting a 5-17 conference record and an 18-34 overall mark.

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