Making Things Happen

Dalton Dulin continues to make a name for himself in the baseball world. The Ole Miss commitment, a rising senior at Memphis University School, was named third-team high school All-American by Baseball America this week.

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Some other familiar names to Ole Miss fans were also on the squad. Ty Hensley made second-team, and Gavin Cecchini made third-team.

Dulin, who committed to Ole Miss two years ago and will sign with the Rebels in November, is literally all over the map this summer playing some baseball.

"I worked out one morning in Jupiter, Fla.," he said. "Then I went to the Perfect Game National Showcase in Minneapolis. Then it was back to Memphis, then to Cary, N.C., for the Tournament of Stars. I'll be there two and a half weeks staying with a host family."

Later in the summer it's more baseball.

"I'll be in Syracuse, New York, for the East Coast Pro Showcase," he said. "Then Los Angeles for the Area Code games."

In the meantime there are traveling team opportunities with Dulin's Dodgers teams that his father, Tim, runs. For the Dulin family, it's always been about baseball.

For Dalton, it's all about being the best player he can be. He's had opportunities to be around the game constantly, be around players now in the pro ranks and even the major leagues, and also get the best instruction around.

And he continues to be an aggressive, heady player when it comes to the games themselves. In Minneapolis, he tripled and then stole home.

"I was just trying to make things happen," Dulin said.

He always plays that way. He played shortstop all season for the Owls and this summer is playing both shortstop and second base. For MUS, which finished second in its class in the state tournament this spring to Battle Ground Academy, it was a good year for Dulin.

"I played pretty good," said the 5-foot-9, 165-pounder, who batted .438 this season with 42 runs scored and 26 RBI, along with 10 doubles and four triples. "I went 40-for-40 in stolen bases. I'm still trying to get my speed up. My arm strength got a lot better. I've been working hard both at second and short."

Dalton Dulin
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His stolen base percentage, obviously perfect in 2012, isn't by chance. He has speed and he uses it.

"It's always my goal to never get thrown out in a season," Dulin said.

That's but one goal. Others immediately are "to continue to improve all areas, including my arm strength," he said.

And to lift his MUS team to that state championship next season, vaulting him into his college career with the Rebels.

"We're looking forward to having another good team next year and this time finishing it with a state title," he said. "I'm excited to be coming to Ole Miss after that."

And it's been that way for a while, since he committed prior to his sophomore season of high school.

Johnny Beard, the MUS head coach, said Dulin gives it his all every time he's out there.

"He's what I call a baller," Beard said. "He's a dirtbag and plays every play hard. When he gets through playing a game, he's dirty and got elbows scarred and knees scarred up. He's real intense and he knows the game. He's a leader on the field. And with his speed, when he gets on base, he drives the other team crazy."

Just like Dalton Dulin wants it. He has the tools. And he puts in the time and effort to lift his game as high as possible.

"You just have to find a way to separate yourself from the pack," he said. "I'm looking forward to big things."

And, as always, trying to make good things happen for his team.

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