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~ Thursday, Aug. 21,2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-1 Kings practice for fall page B-4 Teams play in draft tournament page B-3 AIMING FOR THE BiG LEAGUES Submitted by Colorado Mesa University Tyler Dunnington throws a pitch for Colorado Mesa University last spring. Dunnington, a 2010 Shelton High School graduate, was drafted in June by the St. Louis Cardinals and as of Monday had appeared in 15 games for the Gulf Coast League Cardinals, the organization's rookie baseball team. She~ton pitcher takes first step toward Major League Baseball career By EMILY HANSON gree in kinesiology. One major adjustment for him has been emily@masoncoun com . the weather. Colorado was a dry heat, while Starting fresh West Palm Beach, Florida, is humid. The Tyler Dunnington wasn't expecting to be Dunnington's limited time on the mound team plays in Jupiter, Florida. ........ drafted, has helped him with the Cardinals' more rig- "It's the hottest place I've ever been be- But that's what happened in June when orous playing schedule, cause of the humidity," he said. "It took me the St..Louis Cardinals called him. "My arm's actually doing really well," he some time to get used to it." Dunnington, a 2010 Shelton High School said. "I was fresh when I got here." Dunnington said his only day off is Su_n- graduate, took the first step toward playing He said he throws about every other day day. Major League Baseball when the pitcher signed for the Cardinals. His goal is to move up "It's usually a beach day," he added. "I def- with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals -- the through the system, initely have to take advantage of it. It's time Cardinals' rookie baseball team -- on June 11. "I would have to throw a few more innings to relax and recuperate. Playing six games in in one game and they'd have to decide they a row is tough." A slow college career want to see me as a starter for me to move He said living in Florida is extremely nice. Dunnington, 22, in a phone interview with up from relief," Dunnington said. "I'm not fo- "It's been fun getting to know a different the Mason County Journal, said getting the cused on being a starter or a reliever. I just part of the country," Dunnington said. "I've call from St. Louis in the 28th round of the want to make it." enjoyed it." MLB draft was crazy and unexpected. In college, the team played Friday through Dunnington pitched two years for Colorado Sunday, but Dunnington quickly had to ad- Plans for the future Mesa University after playing infield and out- just to a new schedule. With his foot in the MLB door, Dunning- field for Olympic College Bremerton. "It's a 60-game season with games Mon- ton said he plans to work his way up in the "Looking back, I was always known (at day through Saturday," he said. Cardinals organization. SHS) as a position player and being able to As of Monday, Dunnington had pitched 24 Six minor league teams are between Dun- hit," Dunnington said. "(At OC) I wasn't as 1/3 innings, with a 2-2 record and a 3.33 ERA nington and the major league squad. successful hitting as I was in high school, so in 15 games. He has 22 strikeouts and has Should baseball not work out in the long I decided to take a leap and pitch." yielded seven walks. Dunnington has not run, Dunnington has thought about continu- In Colorado, Dunnington was the relief given up any home runs for the rookie team, ing his education. pitcher. For his senior season, he said he which was leading the league's East Division "I'm thinking about possibly pursuing threw about 14 innings, with a 29-21 record, graduate school when I'm done playing base- "I hadn't been playing a whole lot in Col- "It's definitely not the same as playing ball," he said. "It's a possibility now." orado, but when I did, I played well," Dun- in college," he said. "We start at 6 a.m. with nington said. practice and then play an afternoon game. He graduated in May with a bachelor's de- It's a grind." see BASEBALL, page B-4