Athlete of the Week: Dalton Mattson

Princeton High School’s baseball team earned its second win of the season last Friday, April 20.

Down 3-0, the Tigers came back with five consecutive runs to take the 5-3 win from Mora.

But just as important as those runs might be, it was the relief pitching of Dalton Mattson that helped hold the Mustangs scoreless during the comeback.

Dalton has been consistent all season, said coach Jesse Zimmer. As a starter, Mattson has been on the losing end of a pair of 2-1 losses. Last Saturday at Chisago Lakes the Tigers may have lost 2-1, but their pitchers barely touched Mattson, Zimmer said. Last Tuesday at Milaca, Mattson hit a ball off the outfield fence.

“He’s had quality at bats and has been stinging the ball,” Zimmer said.

Mattson loves baseball and lights up at the mere mention of the game.

“I love it all,” Dalton said. “The guys are great, practice is great and the games are awesome.”

He got his start in baseball at an early age.

“My dad was a good pitcher in the day so we always talked baseball and would throw the ball around in the yard a lot,” Dalton said.

He took to playing the game as early as he could, playing T-ball and sandlot ball in Princeton.

Dalton played middle school ball, too. By the time he was a freshman in high school he was playing in some junior varsity games. Last year, as a sophomore, he made the cut on the varsity team. One of the highlights of his season was pitching in the sectional playoff game against Forest Lake in 2011. He is starting this year as a junior.

This year Dalton would like to see the Tigers get back to the section playoffs and make a deeper run into those playoffs.

“We have a lot of potential and play hard to get better,” Dalton said.