Crossroads News
Thu, Jun. 15, 2017 - [Baseball]

       

HUNTINGTON, Ind. - It's a dream come true for Huntington University recent graduate Dalton Combs as the Adams Central standout learned earlier today that he was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 35th round.

Combs was the 1,056th overall pick and is just the ninth Forester in program history to get a chance in the big leagues. The southpaw led the Foresters in hitting in each of the last two seasons with his biggest numbers coming this past spring when he cranked out 72 hits, 28 for extra bases, and posted a .402 batting average.

"I am very blessed to be given this opportunity," said Combs. "I know I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the coaches at Huntington University.

"They have taken me in from day one when I stepped on campus and I can't thank them enough! I am so excited to be able to keep doing something I love to do!"

The Monroe (Ind.) native earned the reputation as one of the most dangerous hitters in the Crossroads League this year and for his efforts received his second straight All-Conference badge.

Combs led the league in on base percentage (.516) in addition to finishing in the top three in six other offensive categories including 2nd in batting average (.402), 3rd in slugging percentage (.654), 2nd in runs scored per game (1.08), 2nd in hits per game (1.50), 3rd in doubles per game (.40) and 3rd in total bases per game (2.44).
 

HU baseball coach Mike Frame couldn't be more excited for Combs but isn't surprised that his right fielder is getting a shot to play pro ball. "I am very happy for Dalton and his family. He deserves this opportunity."