Fitka, Chapman accomplish big things in WAC for Alaska

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Mar 21, 2018

They pitch for different teams in the Western Athletic Conference, but Joe Fitka of Chicago State and Dalton Chapman of Grand Canyon are both from Anchorage.


And together both 6-foot-5 right-handers have accomplished big things for the state of Alaska at college baseball’s top level.


Fitka leads Chicago State with three saves and is believed to be the first Alaska pitcher to earn a save in a NCAA D1 game since 2015 when Anchorage’s Corey Madden did it with Saint Mary’s.


Meanwhile, Chapman has a 2.73 ERA over his last four appearances and earned the win against Kansas to make him the first Alaskan to do that in a D1 game since 2016 when Max Karnos of Anchorage did it with Sacramento State.


Grand Canyon will host Chicago State in a three-game series starting Friday in Phoenix, Arizona.


Fitka, of Dimond Legion Post 21 fame, has emerged as the Chicago State closer and is 3-for-4 in save opportunities. His last appearances came against nationally ranked Central Florida.


Two of his saves were of the six-out variety.


Fitka [0-1] has struck out 17 batters in just 12.2 innings.


Chapman, of West Legion Post 1 fame, threw a season-high 3.2 innings against Kansas and continued a strong surge after a rough start to the season.


The beginning was brutal for Chapman, who allowed nine runs and five extra-base hits in his first three appearances stretching just 4.2 innings.


Since then, though, he’s been lights out and allowed just one extra-base hit over the last 6.2 innings.


Last year, Chapman carved up the NWAC with a 1.91 ERA in 14 starts.