Ironwood Ridge senior Derek Daly signed to play baseball with the Colorado School of Mines Monday night. Daly batted .329 last year with eight doubles, four triples and three home runs to go along with 22 RBIs.
“We are very proud of Derek’s achievement. He has worked extremely hard in the classroom and on the baseball field,” his mother Weiwen said.
“USA TODAY recently ranked Colorado School of Mines the No. 1 engineering school in the country. We are excited that Derek will able to get high quality education from a prestigious engineering school and be able to play baseball at the same time.”
Daly was one of five Nighthawks to play in all 28 games last year.
NOTE: Daly competed in the National Pitch Hit & Run Finals at the MLB All-Star Game in Yankee Stadium when he was 10 years old.
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