Around the Horn Baseball Blog #5: Angelo Songco
Sophomore outfielder Angelo Songco blogs from Southern California.
Aug. 9, 2007
The fifth entry in our 2007 Around the Horn Baseball Blog comes from sophomore outfielder Angelo Songco. Songco has spent his summer locally, playing ball with the California Oaks of the California Collegiate League and working as a counselor at the LMU summer youth baseball camps.
As a rookie for the Lions in 2007, Songco was named West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year. He earned Freshman All-American honors by two publications after hitting .321 with a team-best .528 slugging percentage. Songco also led LMU in RBI (33) and doubles (22).
Songco's .392 average in league play ranked seventh among all WCC players, and he finished conference play leading the league in extra base hits as the Lions' everyday right fielder. The Granada Hills, Calif. native also finished top in the WCC in doubles (10), second in slugging percentage (.635), and sixth in on-base percentage (.464) in league action.
In addition to his WCC Freshman of the Year and All-American honors, Songco was an All-WCC selection and a WCC All-Freshman team pick. He was one of just 13 players in the conference to be a unanimous All-WCC selection from all WCC coaches.
Songco writes: Playing summer ball with the California Oaks in the California Collegiate League was a lot of fun. I had teammates who played at San Diego, Pepperdine, and UC Santa Barbara. The Santa Barbara guys all told me that the LMU green hats we wore on St. Patrick's Day were a big hit last season when we played at UCSB.
This summer, I only played on weekends with the Oaks because I was taking summer classes at LMU during the week. The Oaks coaches were cool with me showing up on weekends only, so that worked out well. Our first trip this summer was to Fresno. The three-hour bus ride brought back memories of the bus rides during the LMU season.
Swinging the wood bat this summer has felt different from aluminum, but the sound of the crack of bat was music to my ears.
My Mondays and Wednesdays started with a wake-up call at 6:45 a.m. from Michael Glomb. Michael and I lifted in the mornings before working the summer baseball camps at LMU. Working with kids aged six to 12 was both fun and stressful. Let's just say that kids don't always listen to their counselors! But it was fun; they called me Coach Hollywood because of my white sunglasses and puka shells. I was looking fly, baby!
Now that summer ball and camps are finished, I'll spend the rest of the summer lifting weights to get ready for the 2008 Lions baseball season.