Aug 20, 2009 | Dan Thompson | 395 views
Dailey Lands Scholarship
Without a doubt Brandon Dailey has played more games (90 to date), in more provinces, states and countries (Ontario, Florida, Dominican Republic, North Carolina, Cuba, Ohio, Tennessee, Saskatchewan + PEI) on more teams (4), than any other amateur baseball player in the country.
The Terriers shortstop is also a member of Canada's Junior National Team. Further, this past month, Brandon played at shortstop in every game for Ontario at the 17u Canada Cup National Championship held in Kindersley Saskatchewan. He was named Top Defensive Player at the event which hosts provincial teams from coast to coast.
Brandon's long year began indoors last January, preparing for the Terriers March Break trip to Florida. While in Boca Raton he played 9 games, assisted on 35 defensive put outs, hit .375 with 11 singles, 2 doubles and had 7 RBIs. He stole 5 bases and crossed home plate 11 times. His on base average for the trip versus the college competition was .550!
The spring brought the 30 game PBLO schedule, where Brandon was a fixture at shortstop for the Terriers march to the league championship.
Mid way through the spring, Brandon also traveled to the Dominican Republic with Team Canada. Tack on ten more games! After returning home to complete the school year and round out the PBLO slate, Brandon headed out on an extended summer road trip with the Junior National Team that took him to Durham NC and then Cuba. In the five game series versus Team USA, he led the JR Nats at the plate with a .331 average.
While in Cuba, during one of the six games in that series, Brandon played all 14 innings at shortstop in 37 degree heat, assisting on 9 put outs in a gut wrenching 1-0 Canadian loss.
Brandon rejoined the Terriers in Ohio in mid July, and then ventured to Nashville with them for the Sandlott Baseball 18u World Series. His remarkable defense for eight consecutive games in Music City helped lead the Terriers to the championship final game.
Believe it or not, even with that type of travel schedule, somehow Brandon and his parents found time to visit several US University campuses, all of which were recruiting him for their respective baseball programs. After considerable thought, the Ohio University Bobcats (NCAA D1) came out at the top of his list. They play in the very competitive Mid America Conference (MAC). The picturesque campus is nestled on 1800 acres in Athens Ohio. It is home to 20,000 students and boasts several famous alumni including Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt, Fox News President Roger Ailes, NBC's Matt Lauer, the voice of the Arizona Diamondbacks Thom Brennaman, actor Richard Dean Anderson and talk show host Arsenio Hall, to name a few. Brandon will be studying Business/Accounting at Ohio University.
Back to baseball... and Brandon's summer is not done yet! He will close out August in Prince Edward Island at the Canada Summer Games, patrolling the infield at shortstop for Ontario. The Summer Games only comes once every four years and includes a variety of summer sports such as swimming, basketball, volleyball, track, diving, wrestling and rowing. Yet another tremendous accomplishment for Brandon (17), who is giving away two years to his team mates and opponents, at this 19u once in a life time event.
Following the Canada Games, Brandon has twenty-eight fall games with the Terriers, plus a trip to Orlando with the Junior National Team. That will finally round out his 120 game season!
It is a testament to how personally accountable, responsible and dedicated Brandon is to himself, his parents and all of his team mates to successfully go through that type of year and consistently compete at the highest level.
Congratulations to Brandon and his family on all of these great accomplishments and continued success ahead.
The Dailey File:
* 2005 - Intercounty Baseball Player of the Year.
* 2006- Pepsi Pitch, Hit and Run National Champion.
* 2008- Terriers 16u MVP.
* 2008- Attended Baseball Canada Mizuno Camp at Rogers Center.
* 2007- Broke provincial High School midget boys javelin record.
* 2007- High School Junior Athlete of the Year (Pauline Johnson CVS- Brantford).
* 2007, 2008, 2009- High School Honor Roll, 90+ avg.