This summer it appeared as though Dalton Lynn’s baseball career was over and after improving his batting average by 277 points- to .360 in his senior season with the Toombs County Bulldogs- that would have been a shame.
“Coming out of my last regular season game at Toombs County, I never thought I would play the game again,” Lynn said. “This summer was kind of a downer for me. I just want to thank the man above and all the e-mails from coach Larsen at Brewton-Parker College. He offered me a scholarship and there was no doubt in my mind that I was going to accept the scholarship.”
Dalton joins former Dawgs Nick Curtis, Cole Graham and Bryce Deloach at BPC. “It is a dream come true with all four seniors (Graham, Deloach and Brock Harrison) from Toombs County getting to play at the next level. All of us are great friends and getting to play against Brock Harrison down at Thomas University- it is going to be a fun year.”
Dalton opened up the 2019 season going 6-for-10 and stroking at least one hit in 10 of his first 12 games. His first six-game hitting streak lifted his average to .378 after a 2-for-3 game at Bacon County on a Friday night. After going 4-for-7 in two games combined against Bryan County, Dalton went through his only slump of the season. However, it only lasted three games- an 0-for-9- against Metter’s tough pitching staff. Lynn rebounded against state champion Jeff Davis going 3-for-9 including 2-for-3 with a RBI in TCHS’s home win over the Yellow jackets.
Lynn finished the regular season as the hottest Bulldog hitter. He had one base hit in all three Vidalia games which was included in his second six-game hitting streak. In two games at Swainsboro he went 3-for-4 with 4 RBI and 3-for-3 with a double and a walk.
Dalton went 31-for-86 at the plate which was quite an improvement from 3-for-36 the season before. He hit four doubles and drove in 19 runs, scored 18 with 13 walks and 10 strikeouts. His on base percentage was .443. In region games He was 20-for-55 for a .364 batting average.
He also contributed to the team on the mound. Dalton pitched 12 innings in relief in eight games and had a 1-2 record with a save and a 1.17 ERA. His longest appearance was at home against Appling County in which he worked four innings and allowed four hits and no runs with two strikeouts and one walk. He was the winning pitcher in a home victory over Bacon County and he earned a save in a road game against Bacon.
“Coming into my freshman to junior year, I played behind D.R. Meadows (Columbus State) most of the time and he was an outstanding ballplayer. So, I didn’t get much playing time on the varsity level. I went through a slump my junior year. My senior year I worked out. I was at the field pretty much everyday grinding hard. It just turned out great. My batting average improved, my pitching statistics improved and on base and all that just skyrocketed.”