BOONE — Former Starmount standout Dillon Dobson is doing just fine at the next level.
Dobson, who just completed his sophomore year at Appalachian State University, made All-Southern Conference as a shortstop, hitting .299 while leading the team in home runs with and RBI with 39.
ASU Head Coach Billy Jones said, “Dillon’s awesome. He’s a special athlete.”
Jones, who just completed his second season at ASU, said when Dobson arrived, “he was kind of raw.”
Dobson, of Hamptonville, spent much of his freshman year at first base. In 2014, he took over at shortstop. “It’s been a fun process,” Jones said. “As a true freshman, he had his ups and downs.
“I thought his maturity level at the plate was night and day better,” Jones said of Dobson’s sophomore campaign. “When he first got here, he was looking to survive.
“Now, he can hit with power; he can bunt; he can hit with two strikes.
“The overall process has been fun to watch.”
Jones said Dobson went to Alaska last summer and to Santa Barbara, California, this summer to work on his game. In Santa Barbara, Dobson is playing for Bill Pintard.
Pintard, Jones said, works with players with All-American and professional potential. Under Pintard, Jones said, the players realize that potential more often than not.
“He’s right on the cusp of doing something special,” Jones said. “He’s got a great situation.”
Jones said he has hit Dobson in the two and three hole, but said he really likes him “in the four-five range.”
The Mountaineers, who went 21-34 this season overall and 12-14 in the Southern Conference, move to the Sun Belt Conference next season.
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