Legals repeat as Caryville champs

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By The Staff

After winning the Caryville Dixie Youth Baseball 9-10 division title in ’07, the Dave Dunaway Legals have now won back-to-back league championships in the 11-12 year old division.

In 2009, the Legals posted a league best 7-2 regular season mark, including 3-1 in the Caryville Division, to make their overall three-peat record 33-3.

Jim Lane, head coach of the Legals, relied on six returning veterans, all members of the ’08 All-Star team, to lead the way. Bryson Phillips led the charge by hitting a league best .824, matching the mark set the previous year by Hunter McIntosh. Phillips also matched McIntosh’s record for most hits with 14.

Phillips set the record for the Legals’ 11-12 year old tenure for most doubles with eight in a season. Striking was the fact Phillips did not strike out the entire season, tying once again with McIntosh for the same feat. Phillips also led his team with 11 RBI.

Andrew Blake Evans assisted Phillips, hitting .467 with seven RBI and fielded 1.000. Brandon James swiped seven bases, hit .268, and established the Legals’ 11-12 year old fielding records with 52 chances, 40 putouts and 10 assists in one year.

James Andrew Evans hit .294 with six RBI while leading the team with 25 chances without an error at first base. Trevor Duncan contributed with a double and four RBI. Shortstop Austin Goodman anchored the infield and shared the team lead in walks with six, stole seven bases and had one triple.

Lane also made good use of six new players. Tyler Loveday batted .412, scored eight runs, stole nine bases and made two putouts and one assist in centerfield. Ethan Jeffers led the team with 11 runs scored, a pair of triples, and 10 steals while hitting .375 and also making no errors in 19 chances. Mack Broyles played second base and contributed two doubles and five runs scored while hitting .231. Logan Ivy added five runs, two hits, five walks and a team best two hit-by-pitches.

Kyle McCarty offered two sacrifice hits and played errorless ball. Derek Harmon brought a big bat with a .500 average, seven RBI, and shared the team lead with walks with six.

Good pitching nearly always marks good teams, and the Legals were stacked three-deep. Jeffers, a rookie, made two starts, threw a no-hitter, held hitters to a .121 average, averaged 20.3 pitches per inning and was 2-0 with a team best 2.25 ERA.

Phillips led the team and set Legals 11-12 year old records for a season with seven games, 18.2 innings, two saves and 40 strikeouts. Phillips averaged 18.44 pitches per inning and posted three wins and a 2.56 ERA. Andrew Blake Evans led the team with five starts, struck out 10 batters in one game, struck out 35 in 16.1 innings and had one win.

Career records and noteworthy accomplishments for the last two years include:

•Pitching—Phillips topped all pitchers with 12 games, 32.2 innings, 17.25 pitches per inning, 1.65 ERA, 62 strikeouts, six wins, three saves. Andrew Blake Evans followed with 10 games, 25.1 innings, 18.54 pitches per inning, 52 strikeouts, three wins, and one save.

•Hitting—Phillips posted top marks in batting average (.611), hits (22), doubles (10) and shares the top mark in total bases (36) with Andrew Blake Evans.

Evans also holds records with 18 runs, 22 RBI, three triples and three home runs. Evans was second in average (.559) and hits (19). James was third in average (.455), hits (15) and runs (15). Duncan was second in doubles (6), third in RBI (16), and fourth in average (.379). James Andrew Evans was tied with Jacob Monday for second in home runs (2). Monday, in just one season, is third in total bases (23). Goodman led all players with 14 walks.

•Fielding—James Andrew Evans holds the best fielding percentage (1.000 with 0 errors in 35 chances). James fielded the most chances (79), putouts (65) and assists (12). PPhillips was second in put-outs (38) and tied with Andrew Blake Evans for second most assists (9). James Andrew Evans, Phillips, McIntosh and Goodman participated in a double play.

Lane and his fellow Legals’ coaches, Jeff Evans and Steve Loveday, would like to thank all the parents, family and friends that supported the team.


Dave Dunaway Legals Season Summary


April 16       Defeated Eagle Tire, 19-5

May 1          Defeated Eagle Tire, 7-6

May 14        Lost to Eagle Tire, 7-2

May 15        Defeated Lake City by forfeit

May 21        Defeated Eagle Tire, 9-8

May 21        Defeated Lake City, 3-1

May 29        Defeated Lake City, 7-1

June 5          Defeated Lake City, 12-3

June 6          Lost to Lake City, 9-6