High school baseball: Dale's Evan Anderson hasn't rested much before state tournament

The pitcher/first baseman played for Team Oklahoma last weekend in the Oakley All-American Battle of the Borders in Grand Prairie, Texas.
by Ryan Aber Published: October 3, 2012

photo - Winning Dale pitcher Evan Anderson during action in the Class 2A state high school baseball championship game  at Shawnee High School's Memorial Park. on Saturday,,  May 12, 2012.  Dale shut out the Silo Rebels, 11-0 after 6 innings.       Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Winning Dale pitcher Evan Anderson during action in the Class 2A state high school baseball championship game at Shawnee High School's Memorial Park. on Saturday,, May 12, 2012. Dale shut out the Silo Rebels, 11-0 after 6 innings. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

After his team earned a berth in the Class A fall state baseball tournament, Evan Anderson had more work to do.

Instead of relaxing last weekend, Anderson joined Team Oklahoma in Grand Prairie, Texas, for the Oakley All-American Battle of the Borders.

Anderson helped Oklahoma win the tournament on Sunday with a win over Louisiana.

Just as important, though, was the preparation the Oakley tournament provided for this week's state meet.

The state tournament begins Thursday with No. 1-ranked Dale facing No. 12 Wister at 1:30 p.m. at Edmond Santa Fe High School.

“Seeing the pitching down there will definitely help,” Anderson said. “The guys down there were throwing quite a bit better than what we're going to see this weekend.”

While in Texas for the Oakley tournament, one of Anderson's teammates was Drew Ward of Leedey. Ward will play in the Class B state tournament this weekend, starting 4 p.m. Thursday against Olustee at Edmond Memorial.

Anderson didn't pitch during the Battle of the Borders Tournament. He played first base instead, resting an arm that helped Dale reach the state tournament. But Anderson will be a critical piece on the mound if Dale is to win its third consecutive state tournament.

Anderson is 6-1 with 89 strikeouts in 40 innings pitched this fall. He's allowed just 12 hits.

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by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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Kason Krob, Colbert

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Cullen Mack, Rattan

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Dylan Fazekas, Red Oak

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Dillion Lawrence, Stuart

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Drew Ward, Leedey

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