By Bethany Doman
Dalton Britt, our current third baseman from Liberty University, has earned Morehead City's Big Rock Big Performer of the Week for the games played July 7-July 13. At Liberty this past season, Britt started in all 59 games where he hit a .299, recording 66 hits, scoring 26 runs, and posting a .348 on-base percentage for the Flames. Britt had played shortstop for the Marlins during the 2013 season and also started at short in the 2013 CPL All-Star Game. He started this summer with the Hyannis Harbor Hawks in the Cape Cod League in Massachusetts before coming back here due to his temporary contract expiring in the Cape. This past week for the Marlins, he went 12-for-26 (.461) with eight runs scored, six runs batted in, a double, a walk, and three stolen bases.
The Greenville, N.C. native started off the week a little slow before he lit up the scorebook in the latter games. On July 7th at home against Wilson, Britt went 0-for-2 with two runs scored and a hit by pitch in the Marlins' 8-1 win. The following day at Peninsula, the rising junior had one hit in five at-bats, while knocking in a run.
At Wilson on July 9th, Britt was exceptional and went 4-for-5 with two runs scored. The following day at home in game one of the double header against Wilmington, the Liberty infielder went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI, and 2 runs scored. In game two against the Sharks, he did not get a hit in three at-bats, but drew a walk and scored a run in the bottom of the 7th. In the 3-1 win against the Wilson Tobs on July 11th, the North Carolina native tallied one hit in four at-bats, while recording two RBIs and swiping second once. Britt followed up that game with a 2-for-4 performance at Wilmington, scoring one run and knocking in two on the night. He also drew one walk and stole one base, and at the hot corner, he made some phenomenal plays to tally six assists for the game.
Britt is currently fourth on the team in batting average with .370 (10-for-27) in seven games played. In those games, he has tallied eight runs, knocked in six, drew two walks, recorded a .452 on-base percentage, and has successfully stolen two bases in two attempts. The rising junior has seven putouts and 14 assists in the five spot to total a .955 fielding percentage.
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