Delmarva Aces continuous college baseball pipeline with 150th commitment

When Dave Whigham was developing the idea for a travel baseball and training program that would serve local youth baseball athletes, it was with the intention to give these players an environment that he was not afforded when he was coming through the ranks.

With training that helps prepare them for high school baseball, compete in the travel baseball circuit and assist in building the necessary connections on the next level, Whigham’s Delmarva Aces program would help develop baseball players in Maryland and Delaware, and give them a shot at competing at the college level, and possibly professionally some day down the line.

Now, six years since their first showcase team in 2016, the Delmarva Aces have sent 150 local high school baseball players to college programs, creating a clearer path or pipeline to the next level of competition for local baseball players than what existed before.

In this file photo, former Stephen Decatur baseball player David Whigham pitches in an Australian baseball league game in 2010 after suffering major injury when a line drive struck him in the head in 2009. Five years after the accident, Whigham has started the Delmarva Aces travel baseball and softball organization.

“When I came through years ago, the opportunity for training wasn’t the same, and more importantly the networking wasn’t the same,” said Whigham, who founded the Aces.

“For me, I’m always a big believer in the best fits for the kids to be able to go and play, and if you look across our commitments over the years you see, Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA, Junior college, we’ve even put kids into post-secondary prep schools. I just wanted to provide an opportunity to give these kids a chance to play.”

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