Recent Smith Cotton graduate and current Sedalia Travelers player Dalton Christian has been playing baseball as long as he can remember.
A two-sport athlete at Smith Cotton, he excelled at both baseball and basketball, but prefers baseball when given the choice. His junior year, he was selected to 2nd team All Conference team. His senior year he was selected to 1st Team All Conference, as well as All District.
And what is it about America’s past time that he loves so much? “I love pitching,” said Christian. “It’s one of my favorite things to do. I spent a lot of time growing up learning how to pitch, trying to learn the game.”
When asked about playing for the Travelers, Christian said “It’s awesome. It’s cool to play with new people and gain new friends. It’s cool to build a team over the summer.”
Regarding the highlight of his athletic career, Christian pointed to a win over Jefferson City on S-C’s Senior night. “It was cool as seniors to go out on top, beating a really good Jeff City team.” He also mentioned the Travelers recent first-place showing in the Sedalia-Warrensburg tournament as a high point. “There were a few pretty good teams in that tournament. Like last season, we started out kind of slow and got better at playing as a team. Everything kind of came together during that tournament. We learn more about each others’ strengths and weaknesses and learn how to come together and use each others’ strengths to win,” he said.
Christian plans to attend Coffeyville Community College to continue playing baseball and major in physical therapy. “I just like being around sports so much. I’m not 100 percent sure, but it just feels right to be around sports,” he said.
Sports run in the Christian family, as his father Darrin is a former boys basketball coach, and his mother, Susan, is a former girls volleyball coach. “Sports are really big in my family,” he said.