"It was a tournament like no other," Dalton-Hill said by phone from Atlanta after earlier traveling from Caracas to Miami. "It was quite an adventure with plenty of thrills, chills and suspense.
"We were able to get a medal. I've got some bumps and bruises and had to sit out a couple of the games. It's a team that gelled together and we had a fun group."
Fourth-seeded United States saw Dalton-Hill come through with a two-run single in the bottom of the first-inning to highlight a four-run outburst. Dalton-Hill's hit to left made it 3-0. The United States led throughout the contest, which was called after the sixth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule. Dalton-Hill, who now resides in Lexington, Ky., also scored a run in the first on an error.
The United States finished with 20 hits en route to winning its second bronze in a row. Dalton Hill, who graduated from Glendale in 1992 and hit a then-CIF record 28 career home runs, recorded seven putouts while playing first base.
The United States scored at least one run in each inning against the host country.
Dalton-Hill, who helped the Nitros win a pair of Pacific League championships and led Arizona to three NCAA titles between 1993-96, had a single in the second inning. In five tournament games, Dalton-Hill batted .400 (six for 15) with four runs batted in and 40 putouts.
The United States began the tournament Aug. 12 with a 5-1 pool-play loss to Japan. It then posted a 21-0 win against South Korea on Aug. 15 before then earning a 5-0 win against Cuba the same day.
Dalton-Hill and the United States then picked up a 9-0 win against Puerto Rico on Aug. 16 and came back with a 10-1 victory against Canada on Wednesday. Venezuela rallied for a 7-6 win against the United States on Thursday and the United States suffered a 19-6 loss to Australia.
On Saturday, Japan handed the United States a 6-1 loss in a semifinal game.
In the championship game Sunday, Japan beat Australia, 13-3.