BISMARCK, N.D. - Dalton Feeney's senior year at Century was about a good as it gets. He quarterbacked the Patriots to the state football championship.
He was a finalist for the Mr. Basketball award and he threw two perfect games in the spring as Century won the WDA baseball title.
Feeney did all of this with a partial tear in the Tommy John ligament in his throwing elbow. It was just a matter of time before the ulnar collateral ligament let lose. It did while he was pitching for North Carolina State.
"The partial tear was kind of always in the back of my mind and that kind of was the time when it said it was going to go and I never really thought about it when I got on the mound but that day I just had that feeling in my elbow and that pitch I threw skipped to home plate and I thought that might be it and walked off the mound and kind of knew it was done," said Feeney.
After the surgery was done, the rehab started. It's a process that takes a long time but it's also a process that has been fine tuned to the point where guys like Dalton know that they will be pitching again.
"Every day there is something new to do. The first couple of months is getting that range of motion back and then when you get deeper, the seventh month and eight month, which I'm on right now is when you start moving back to 150 to 200 feet and pulling down and getting used to the new elbow so I'm at the throwing phase right now and lifting phase so it feels really good," said Feeney.
Feeney is back in Bismarck for a couple of weeks over the holiday which also allows him the chance to watch his brother Cade play for the Governors.
"I think it's awesome," said Feeney. "I have a couple weeks off to come back to Bismarck and I'm so grateful I have the opportunity to come here and see my brother play and I was there in his shoes and I like to give him as much as I can when he's on the mound some of the things I've learned from my days of high school and it's just good to see him and see him grow as a player."
Dalton says he will continue his throwing program in the fall and he expects to be pitching again the N.C. State when the games begin next spring.