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August 20, 2010 > Bill Mancebo's Player Spotlight

Bill Mancebo's Player Spotlight

This week the player spotlight finds local grand slammer Dalton Bowling.

Baseball being Bowling's biggest sport shows in many ways. He tried soccer but found that it did not quite stir his competitive spirit. Baseball became a hit for Dalton when he discovered T-ball many years ago.

He's played for three teams this season, mainly as a catcher and covering a little first base. In the spring it was for the Fremont Baseball Inc. Mustang Reds and the Cal Ripken Braves which led him to the Travel Ball 11-U Fremont Reds. With his mom managing the books, his sister keeping score and a father as manager; playing for the Travel Ball Fremont Reds is a family affair for Bowling.

Outside of regular baseball practice, keeping in top shape is close to home for Dalton. He works out on the family's gym equipment in the garage mainly using exercise bands and then spends hours swinging in his own personal batting cage that's conveniently placed right in the backyard.

All of that batting practice pays off well for Bowling. He really loves to eat and his folks will take him to In-N-Out where he receives a patty in his burger for each base earned. That's where the grand slams turned into payola twice this season. He not only bonused his team with two grand slam homeruns but also earned himself two four-decker hamburgers at In-N-Out.

This soon-to-be fourth grader looks forward to visits with his grandmother where he enjoys swimming and likes to play 2009 Little League World Series on his Wii. Now nine and soon heading back to Sunol Glen School, Dalton looks forward to getting reacquainted to a favorite subject of math. For a career choice he hopes of someday playing for the mighty Boston Red Sox as a catcher.

Dalton favors another delectable dinner outside of those burgers and that's his mom's Sloppy Joes. For desert strawberry ice cream sits at the top of his favorite sweets list.

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