FungoBlog - Testimonial: Brendan Dougherty, Coastal Carolina University

Posted on 05/21/2010 at 10:43 PM

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FungoBlog - Testimonial: Brian Hightower, East Rowan High School

Posted on 05/21/2010 at 10:41 PM

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FungoBlog - Dallas Angels Finish Successful Season

Posted on 05/21/2010 at 09:26 PM

The HSAA Dallas Angels finished the 2010 season with a team record of 23-9-2. For the year, the Angels placed:

* 3rd in the Southwest Shootout (late February)
* qualified for the Championship game in the Prestonwood Christian Academy Tournament (championship game snowed out - 1st home school team to make it to the championship game)
* 2nd in the Home School World Series Tournament in Auburndale, FL(field of 23 teams from around the country)
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The HSAA Dallas Angels finished the 2010 season with a team record of 23-9-2. For the year, the Angels placed:

* 3rd in the Southwest Shootout (late February)
* qualified for the Championship game in the Prestonwood Christian Academy Tournament (championship game snowed out - 1st home school team to make it to the championship game)
* 2nd in the Home School World Series Tournament in Auburndale, FL(field of 23 teams from around the country)

The Dallas Angels began this year rebuilding a team that took 2nd in the World Series last year. With only 5 returning players, and just two returning starters, the Angels had their work cut out for them. On top of that, the Dallas area experienced record rainfalls last fall and this spring keeping the team from getting the outdoor work needed for such a young team. That showed in the Angels’ record during the first 3rd of the season, where they went 5-6-1. By mid-March, the team finally overcame these obstacles and really jelled as they went undefeated in the Prestonwood tournament to qualify for the championship game - a first for a home school team. The Angels never looked back, completing the second 2/3rds of the season with an 18-3-1 record. A couple of other notable accomplishments were:

* After years of 1-run losses to Dallas Christian, the Angels beat a tough Dallas Christian team this year for the 1st time since 2005.
* The Angels posted 5 shutout wins this year, including 1 in the World Series.

With a new format for the World Series (no qualifying Regional, just a 23 team, weeklong tournament in Florida), the Angels advanced with 5 wins and no losses to the championship game, including a huge win over the heavily favored Augusta Crusaders in the semifinals. The Augusta team had been the talk of the tournament, absolutely crushing every team they played (outscoring opponents 50 to 6) until they met the Angels who handed them a 7-3 loss. Finally, the Angels met up with the 7-time World Series Champion Atlanta Barons in the championship game - one of the most exciting baseball games you could hope for in a National championship game. In a nutshell, the Angels got down 5-1 at the end of 6 innings. Down to their last 3 outs in the top of the 7th, the Angels put together an incredible 5-run rally to take the lead. Atlanta tied it up in the bottom of the 7th, and both teams fought it out for 2 more innings. In the bottom of the 9th, the Barons scratched out a run for a 7-6 win.

For the season, the Angels outscored opponents 267 to 130 and out-hit opponents 0.309 to 0.254 (0.314 to 0.206 in the World Series). Our pitchers recorded 230 Ks, with 62 Ks by Michael Fusselman and 61 Ks by Ryan Woodall. Angels pitchers allowed only 92 walks for the season. The Angels had 280 hits, including 72 extra base hits. Team leaders included Michael Fusselman with 43 total hits and Jordan Goode with 14 extra base hits. The team had 205 RBIs with five players having 20 or more RBIs. Six players scored 20 or more runs.

Individual accomplishments included:

* Prestonwood All-Tournament Team (selected by Prestonwood coaching staff): Ryan Woodall, Michael Fusselman, and Jordan Goode
* Dallas Morning News Player of the Week - Honorable Mention: Ryan Woodall
* World Series All-American Team (as voted by teams and coaches): Ryan Woodall, Michael Fusselman, Jordan Goode, and Caleb Rogers

Individual honors at the end of the season included:

* MVP - Ryan Woodall
* Offensive Player of the Year - Michael Fusselman
* Defensive Player of the Year - Jordan Goode
* Pitcher of the Year - Ryan Woodall and Michael Fusselman (a pair of aces)
* Leadership - Brooks Wood
* Base Runner of the Year - Caleb Rogers
* Rookie of the Year - Hayden McIntyre
* Reliever of the Year - Roby Wade
* Most Improved Player - Kyle Preston

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