Family, teammates and friends filled Maclay’s baseball field on Friday, Mar. 27 at 1 p.m. to support senior Dylan Vielhauer’s commitment to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for baseball.

“He’s a very solid baseball player and knows the game well,” senior catcher Brody Poppell said. “He is a good teammate and will definitely excel at the next level.”

Vielhauer plays for the varsity Maclay baseball team and has been playing at the varsity level and competing in high levels of baseball since he was a freshman. This season, the varsity baseball team currently has eight wins and three losses. Vielhauer has been at bat 21 times and has a .286 batting average. He has also hit one triple and has had four home runs. Vielhauer plays mainly 3rd base for Maclay. 

“Dylan has certainly gotten better each year,” varsity baseball coach Drew Sherrod said. “He works extremely hard in the weightroom and on his skills in his own time. He has a high baseball IQ from playing Travel Ball in the fall and summer.” 

Outside of Maclay, Vielhauer played for the LA Dodgers Scout team over the summer and fall. According to Perfect Game, Vielhauer’s 60 yard dash is 7.85 seconds and has improved 0.07 seconds since 2017. The class average is 7.37 seconds, putting Vielhauer above his peers. His 10 yard split, which is the time it takes to reach ten yards in a 40 or 60 yard dash, is 1.72 seconds. Vielhauer is unique in that he is also a left handed batter. This year his exit velocity, which is the speed of the ball after contact with the bat, is 79 mph, which is 11 mph faster than his record in 2018. 

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University was founded in 1926. It is a private university located in Daytona Beach that plays Division II sports and is known for its focus on aerospace and aviation programs. It has a 76% acceptance rate, but has a 36% graduation rate for a four year student. The Embry-Riddle Eagles baseball team finished 16-7 in the 2020 season, playing teams like Valdosta State, Florida Southern and Flagler. 

“I’m doing aeronautical science and aeronautical engineering,” Vielhauer said. “That school is number one in the world for both of those programs, so academically, first off, it was just a great fit there. Then baseball-wise it is close to home but it’s not too far away from home. It’s right in the middle, and they have a lot of historic success.” 


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