Derrick May Jr. would still like to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, but he wants to take a longer road.
The recent Tatnall graduate was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 37th round of the major league draft last week. But May has already signed with Villanova, and on Thursday he said that will likely be his next stop.
“I’m leaning toward college,” May said. “College gives me more time to develop and get stronger. Plus, I’ll have the best of both worlds – getting my education and playing baseball at a higher level.”
May’s father, Derrick May Sr., played 10 years in the big leagues after being a first-round pick of the Chicago Cubs out of Newark High in 1986. He now serves as the Cardinals’ minor league hitting coordinator. May’s grandfather, New Castle native Dave May, played 12 seasons in the majors.
Both of the elder Mays went into the minor leagues right out of high school, but Derrick May Jr. plans to major in biology at Villanova. If he enrolls, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound outfielder won’t be eligible for the draft again until after his junior season.
Even after winning at the prestigious Penn Relays, Appoquinimink pole vaulter Michael Jensen and the Tatnall girls distance medley relay team said they were really working to peak for the New Balance Outdoor Nationals.
The time has arrived, as the national high school meet began Thursday in Greensboro, N.C. The action really cranks up today and Saturday at North Carolina A&T University, and a few Delawareans have a chance to bring home national titles.
Tatnall has a contender in both two-mile runs, to be held today, with Haley Pierce and Sam Parsons. Jensen should be a threat in the boys pole vault on Saturday, after clearing 16 feet, 4.75 inches to win at Penn. The Tatnall girls 4 x mile relay team of Reagan Anderson, Pierce, Julie Williams and Rebecca Salter should also be one of the favorites Saturday.
Tatnall, competing as the Adrenaline Track Club because rules bar athletes from competing under high school names after the high school season, has the most national entrants of any Delaware team. Charter of Wilmington, Milford, Wilmington Friends, Howard, Hodgson, Salesianum, Delcastle, Caravel and William Penn also have athletes entered.
Rounding it up
* Kim Smith of Sussex Tech has been named the Gatorade Delaware Softball Player of the Year.
* Newark kicker Mike Powers has signed with Shippensburg.
* A.I. du Pont will induct its second Hall of Fame class at the Tigers’ homecoming football game on Oct. 26. Candidates may be nominated in athletic, academic or school/community categories. To make a nomination, email athletic director Mark Alley at Mark.Alley@redclay.k12.de.us by Aug. 1.