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Fallbrook High grad Sandoval achieves dream by becoming pro ballplayer


Last updated 7/10/2017 at Noon

Brandon Sandoval, batting for the Orem Owlz of the Pioneer League, drilled a base hit in his first at bat as a professional baseball player.

Brandon Sandoval, a 2013 graduate of Fallbrook High School, was hiking Monserate Mountain June 14 when he received a phone call that suddenly made him feel as if he was on top of the world.

A star outfielder on baseball teams at both Fallbrook High and Vanguard University, Sandoval answered a call from Ben Diggins, a professional baseball scout who informed him that he had just been drafted by the Los Angeles Angels.

Sandoval and his mother, Shelley Sandoval, had been staring at the draft ticker on the Major League Baseball website,, for nearly two hours that morning before Brando...

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