Roundup: Cape Henlopen’s Gelof, UD’s Hinton and Patten selected in MLB Draft

Win a state championship on Monday, graduate high school on Tuesday, get drafted on Wednesday.

What a week it has been for Zack Gelof of Cape Henlopen High.

Gelof was drafted in the 38th round of the MLB draft by the Cleveland Indians on the third and final day of the draft. The shortstop was pick No. 1,153 in the 40-round draft.

Gelof, the state’s Player of the Year, has signed to play for the University of Virginia next season.

He is the first Henlopen Conference player to be selected straight out of high school in the MLB draft since Delmar High’s K.J. Trader was picked in the 39th round of the 2013 draft by the Boston Red Sox.

The University of Delaware also had a pair of players drafted on Wednesday. Pitcher Kyle Hinton (Salesiamum) was selected in the 16th round by the Kansas City Royals while first baseman Nick Patten went in the 28th round to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Hinton becomes the fourth former Blue Hen pitcher currently active in professional. He joins Chad Martin (New York Yankees/High-A), Ron Marinaccio (New York Yankees/GCL) and Chad Kuhl (Pirates).

Hinton had an ERA of 2.78 this season with 94 strikeouts in 90.2 innings. He struck out 167 batters in 165.1 career innings with an ERA of 4.46.

“Today was an unforgettable moment and feeling for me,” said Hinton. “I’m humbled by all of the messages I have received. Again, without coach Sherm, coach Troy, coach Hammer and coach Grimes, as well as my teammates, I wouldn’t be in this position.

“Now I’m excited to take the next step and see what the future in professional baseball looks like for me.”

Patten is the first Blue Hens position player to be drafted since Jimmy Yezzo (7th round/Washington Nationals) and Nick Ferdinand (35th round/Philadelphia Phillies) in 2013.

“Today was a dream come true,” Patten said. “It makes it even more special that I was drafted by my hometown team, the Pittsburgh Pirates.:

The power-hitting first baseman hit 35 home runs for the Hens in three seasons, driving in 130 career runs. The former IMG Academy product hit .279 as a Blue Hen connecting on 166 hits and scoring 137 runs.

Blue Hens RHP Billy Sullivan IV Earns Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America Status

Hens’ Sullivan honored: Delaware right-handed pitcher Billy Sullivan was named a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American the publication announced Wednesday.

Sullivan (St. Mark’s), who completed one of the most prolific freshman campaigns in school history, struck out 95 batters in 72.2 innings. He had a 7-3 record with an ERA of 2.97, setting a freshman program record for strikeouts.

His 95 strikeouts were also the second most by a freshman in the country, trailing just Drey Jameson of Ball State, who recorded 97 strikeouts. The rookie’s 11.77 strikeouts per nine innings was the 30th best mark nationally.

In addition to Wednesday’s distinction, Sullivan earned CAA Co-Rookie of the Year and was selected to the CAA All-Tournament team.

American Legion

Middletown Post-25 8, Smyrna Post-14 3: Middletown outhit Smyrna, 12-2, in picking up the victory on Tuesday night.

Middletown took the lead for good with three runs in the third inning. Smyrna cut Middletown’s advantage to 5-3 with a pair of runs in the fifth but couldn’t get any closer.

Nanticoke-Harrington game suspended: The Nanticoke Post 6 Patriots were leading Harrington Post 7 by a score of 10-2 when the contest was suspended on Tuesday night.

The Patriots were ahead only 5-2 before scoring five runs in the fifth.


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