Portsmouth West High's Daulton Kenyon poses with coaches and his parents after signing to play baseball at Rio Grande
Fri, Aug. 3, 2012 - [Baseball]
Rio Grande Sports Information
RIO GRANDE, Ohio - University of Rio Grande head baseball coach Brad Warnimont's latest signee won't have far to travel for the start of his collegiate career.
Daulton Kenyon, who helped Portsmouth West High School reach the Division III Southeast District title game this season, signed a letter-of-intent to play for the RedStorm in a brief ceremony at the school on Thursday.
Kenyon, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound second baseman, batted .409 for head coach Chris Rapp's club, which finished 19-6 after a loss to Frankfort Adena in the district championship tilt.
"It feels amazing," Kenyon said of his decision. "Rio Grande is a great school and I'm excited to be a part of the program."
Kenyon was a second team All-Southern Ohio Conference II selection for the Senators. He was also the recipient of the Rocky Nelson Award, in addition to earning Golden Glove and Sportsmanship awards.
"Ever since I was a little kid I dreamed about playing college baseball," said Kenyon, who was also a member of West's district finalist team as a freshman. "That dream has come true."
Kenyon is also an accomplished golfer and was named All-SOC in the sport during each of his four high school seasons. He also reached the district tournament in golf all four years.
"Daulton is a great fit for us," said Warnimont. "He's a solid defender and a very good situational hitter, which plays into his strengths as a player. He expects to win and it's important to us to recruit from winning programs such as the one at Portsmouth West."
Kenyon, who plans to major in radiology, chose Rio Grande after also receiving interest from hometown Shawnee State University - the RedStorm's long-time rival.
"Coach Warnimont gave me a great tour of the campus and showed me everything they had to offer," he said. "It just seemed like a good fit for me."
Kenyon is champing at the bit to get his Rio career underway.
"I'm a team player and I talk on the field all the time, but I need to get bigger and stronger in the weight room," he said. "I just want to work hard, become a better baseball player, listen to my coaches and bring home a championship."
Kenyon is the son of Gary and Shelia Kenyon of Portsmouth.