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June 30, 2014

Dunn working to return as leader for Broncos

Legacy Baseball The shortstop-to-be hopes to continue the torrid hitting that helped his team make a deep playoff run last season.

Dalton Dunn really started to turn things on offensively for the Legacy baseball team in the postseason this past year, and it paid off for the Broncos in a big way.

Legacy advanced five rounds in the playoffs in 2014, and coach David Walden said it was due in no small part to the production at the plate from Dunn.

“He is going to be our shortstop next year,” Walden said. “In the playoffs this past season, we played 12 games, and he had nearly 20 hits. He got smoking hot. He's a great, great defensive player, and it looks like his offense is really coming together for us. He is also a real leader kind of kid, and I just think he is going to have a really great year.”

During the off-season, Walden said there is no one single area in which he wants Dunn to work.

“We want him to continue to work on improving all the different phases of his game,” Walden said.

Dunn said he he embraces the leadership role for Legacy and said that he tries to bring a couple of other things to the team, as well.

“I try to help our pitchers out by hitting the ball well,” Dunn said. “We had an excellent season. At the beginning, we did not do as well, but during district we started winning and had a great playoff run. I think we can definitely do it again.”

Dunn said that during the off-season, he plans to work on improving his physical strength and hitting, and said he has a definite goal for next season.

“I want to go out and win a state championship,” Dunn said. “We're just going to have to have a good off-season and lean on each other next year.”

Walden said that Dunn is on pace to have a strong senior year and said that is important because he will be very important to the Broncos success next year.

“He will be extremely vital,” Walden said. “He will have to have a good year in order for us to have a good year.”

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