MSSD Baseball and Softball Teams Finish Third at Hoy Classic
Traveling to California to play the top deaf high school baseball and softball teams in the nation as part of the Hoy Classic on April 24 and 25 was adventure enough for over 30 MSSD students. Finishing third overall in both baseball and softball made the trip doubly rewarding.
After getting through the preliminary rounds, both teams advanced to the third place match. If they had each won one more game, they would have advanced to the championship game. In the third place game, MSSD's baseball team beat California School for the Deaf-Riverside 11-5. MSSD's softball team beat Texas School for the Deaf 13-9 to capture third place. It was a challenge, as the MSSD girls fell behind early, but they scored seven runs in the game's final two innings to come from behind and win the game.
In recognition of their hard work and outstanding performance, two players from each of MSSD baseball and softball teams were also named to the All-Tournament Team. Albert Blake and Sean Harden were named to the All-Tournament baseball team and Johanna Arrigo and Renee Glanville were named to the All-Tournament softball team.
MSSD baseball head coach Darrin Brecheen was pleased with his team's performance, and was also glad his team had the opportunity to test their skills against the top deaf baseball teams in the nation. Coach Brecheen said, "We did much better than last year when we finished in fifth place. Our team has improved over the last year. We are also a very young team, and have a lot of young players who will continue to get better every year."
Brecheen also mentioned that his players were thrilled to beat their rivals from Maryland School for the Deaf at the tournament. "The highlight of the tournament was beating Maryland School for the Deaf because they are always a tough and worthy opponent."
Both teams have played very well this year, despite a large number of cancelled games due to rain. The softball team is currently 9-7 and the baseball team is 8-9. Both teams have second round conference playoff games next week. The baseball team needs to win one more game to advance to their conference championship game.
Indiana School for the Deaf defeated California School for the Deaf-Fremont to win the Hoy Classic baseball championship and California School for the Deaf-Fremont won the Hoy Classic softball championship over Maryland School for the Deaf. Both teams defeated MSSD in the tournament.