Titles Galore

Evan Anderson is accustomed to winning. In Oklahoma, if you play on a talented high school baseball team, the opportunity comes around often.

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In that particular state, if your school doesn't play football, there are two baseball seasons – fall and spring. Anderson's Dale High School team has pretty much set the standard for excellence among those schools.

In the fall of 2012, the Ole Miss baseball signee's team won its third state title – in a year and a half. Led by the 6-foot-5, 205-pound left-handed pitcher, the school is a Sooner state baseball powerhouse, winning state titles in the falls of 2011 and 2012 and in the spring of 2012.

During the three state championship seasons, he's been impressive on the mound. In the fall of 2011, he pitched 50 innings with a .66 ERA, a 10-0 record, 95 strikeouts, and one save. In the spring of 2012, he was 5-2 with a 1.13 ERA in 43 innings with 69 strikeouts and a save. In the fall of 2012, he was 8-1 in 47 innings with a 1.52 ERA and 99 strikeouts.

Anderson is also quite a hitter. During those three state title runs, he's batted .484 with 13 home runs and 54 RBI (fall 2011); .511 with 12 home runs and 50 RBI (spring 2012); and .427 with eight home runs and 27 RBI (fall 2012). In the fall of 2012, he also walked 42 times and stole 17 bases.

In 2011 Anderson was named Little All City by the Daily Oklahoman as well as second-team All-State. In 2012 he was named Little All City again by the Daily Oklahoman as well as Player of the Year, in addition to being named first-team All-State.

He attributes another sport and also showcase tournament events as helping with his continued strength and conditioning.

"Usually I lift three or four times a week," said Anderson, who also plays outfield and first base. "Playing basketball helps out. Banging around on the basketball court will make you stronger. Physically I'm bigger and stronger now. Playing in those (out of season baseball) tournaments where the competition is top level just makes you an overall better player. That's a good learning experience."

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He's averaging 18 points and eight rebounds as a center/power forward for the Dale High basketball team this season.

Anderson ended the fall at Perfect Games in Jupiter, Fla., and his fast ball topped at 89 and had been clocked at 91-92. In addition to his fast ball, he has a changeup and a curve ball he can use. He used to have more.

"I dropped my splitter and cut, because I was talking to our pitching coach and he was like ‘How many pitchers do you know that can command four or five pitches really well?' So I'm just going with the basic three," Anderson said, who mentioned control is what he feels he needs to improve the most as he heads toward his final season of high school baseball and into college.

Anderson, who turns 18 on Jan. 25, was recently notified he is a recipient of a Ferguson Jenkins Award, one of five in Oklahoma which recognizes top student athletes in that state. The presentation will be made at the Warren Spahn Gala in Oklahoma City.

Anderson said signing with Ole Miss in the fall, while being committed for months, was good to get behind him.

"It's a pretty big deal and a big relief to get that over with," he said.

Anderson said he doesn't believe the June draft – and he will be drafted - will affect him.

"I doubt that I'll get anything close," he said of what he wants. "I'm pretty set on going to Ole Miss. I'm definitely excited."

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