Chryz Gelacio Commits to Western Tech in Wisconsin

by Jim Stewart

Chryz Gelacio became the eighth Titans ballplayer to commit to his post-secondary destination in November.  The likeable 18U outfielder signed his letter of intent on Sunday afternoon and confirmed that he be attending Western Tech Community College in La Crosse, Wisconsin in Fall 2021.  Gelacio’s signing completed a flurry of activity over the last two weeks for the Titans Baseball Club college placement team as members of the 2021 graduating class continued to secure promising opportunities both in the United States and Canada.

The resident of Toronto offered many reasons for his choice to go to school and play baseball in Wisconsin:  “I chose to begin my post-secondary education and continue my baseball career at Western Tech CC because I felt like this is the best opportunity for me to show my talent at the next level.  This is also the best opportunity for me to develop my skills and knowledge as a student-athlete. After talking to the coaches, it gave me a better overview about their program and I feel like this is a great fit to all my interests socially, as well.”  

Gelacio will be studying Criminal Law at Western Tech when not on the field for the Cavaliers and offered some highlights about his recently-completed Fall Season with the Titans:  “Playing for the Titans Baseball this year was a great experience. I am very thankful to the coaches. Even though there were so many government restrictions, they still made it possible to play baseball and have fun amid the pandemic. The best highlight for me this season would be playing with my teammates and coaches, hitting line drives to score runs, and throwing from the outfield to make an out.”  He also thanked the Titans Organization for helping him “achieve my goals of playing post-secondary baseball by giving me more knowledge about baseball recruiting. Also thanks to the coaching staff by preparing me through this process, by pushing me every practice to improve and to get better, and to be the best player I can be.  I also appreciate the help of Coach Vera and Coach Bailey for supporting me to find the best placement where I can show my talent and develop my skills as a player. Without this organization and amazing coaching staff, I wouldn’t be able to achieve this kind of success.”

The student of William Lyon Mackenzie CI in Toronto and future member of the NJCAA Cavaliers also added that he is “looking forward to meeting new amazing people, feeling a different environment, competing with other schools, and, more importantly, improving every day as a student and athlete.” When asked about what words of wisdom he would offer to our newest Titans in the organization, his advice was succinct: “The advice that I would say to younger Titans is to work hard, try to improve every day, always have goals with you, show your coaches and other people that you are determined and passionate about playing baseball. Also don’t forget that the word Fail means that there are more opportunities and room for you to improve on.”

Titans Director of Baseball Operations Lawrence Vera was pleased with the College Placement team’s success this month, but even more impressed with Chryz’s initiative in contacting the Cavaliers’ coach to set in motion the important recruiting meeting this weekend:  “We are extremely excited for Chryz.  He is a pleasure to coach and a fantastic teammate to be around.  I’m excited to see him become a Cavalier and represent our organization in Wisconsin.  He made some significant steps in the recruitment process.” Head Coach Jeremy Uylenbroek was effusive in his praise for his veteran outfielder during the 18U Zoom call on Saturday:  “Chryz has an infectious positive attitude that makes him such a great teammate.  This kind of interaction will come in handy when he settles in with his new team at Western Tech.  The Cavaliers are getting a great team-first guy.”

Congratulations on signing your letter of intent to play for the Western Tech CC Cavaliers, Chryz! Well done!