Little All-City baseball player of the year: Broken foot didn't stop Dale's Evan Anderson
Evan Anderson broke his foot early in the basketball season, but he returned to the baseball team in time to put up strong numbers and help lead Dale to another title.
Coming off a fall state baseball title, Dale's Evan Anderson had one focus going into the offseason — winning back-to-back titles.
But things didn't go smoothly.
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Anderson was hurt early in the basketball season, breaking a foot for seemingly no good reason, then the road was bumpy for the Pirates in the middle of the season when the junior returned.
But Anderson put up outstanding numbers, and Dale came through by winning the Class 2A state title.
Now, Anderson is The Oklahoman's Little All-City Player of the Year.
“It was a little bit rougher than it was in the fall but it doesn't matter now since we won,” he said. “There was a little bit of drama in the middle of the season and we had some closer games getting to the state tournament but we did it.”
Anderson, who played first base, outfield and pitched, hit .511 with 12 home runs and 50 RBIs.
On the mound, he was 5-2 with a 1.13 ERA averaging more than 1.5 strikeouts per inning.
He was especially important on the mound during the state tournament, winning two games and saving the other during the championship run.
Celebrating that win was a long way from wearing a boot during the offseason, lifting weights instead of playing basketball and practicing baseball.
He was running on the court when his foot just snapped.
“It's a freak deal,” Anderson's dad, Dan Anderson, said. “He didn't step on something, didn't twist it, nothing. I think at some point he's fouled a ball off an it created a small fracture and it just happened.”
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