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Impressive start for Dugan in preseason scrimmage

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File photo – Nick Dugan

Future Stanford pitcher Nick Dugan was in sensational form on Tuesday evening in a preseason baseball scrimmage against defending Big 5 champion McKinleyville.

Dugan, a St. Bernard’s sophomore who has already verbally committed to pitch for the Cardinal after graduation, struck out all nine batters he faced in three innings work.

“He was really impressive,” St. Bernard’s head coach Matt Tomlin said.

Dugan had a strong freshman campaign for the Crusaders last spring, but really saw his game elevate during the summer months when he played American Legion ball and attracted the attention of multiple Division-I college teams.

He wasn’t the only young player to impress on Tuesday for a Crusaders team that was playing without several starters, who are still involved in the NorCal basketball tournament this week.

“We’re hoping we don’t see those guys back for another two weeks,” Tomlin said.

In their absence, a few of the team’s younger players have impressed.

In addition to Dugan, sophomore pitcher Brody Tomlin struck out four batters in three innings, while Marshall Harper had a good day at the plate with a pair of hits.

Defensively, Brayden Luna and Tyler Demmick also impressed, combining on a double play.

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