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Crusaders power their way to doubleheader sweep

File photo – Drew Vizenor hit a two-run home run for St. Bernard’s at South Fork on Saturday, one of four on the day for the Crusaders.

Nick Dugan is known for what he can do on the mound, but on Saturday his offense was every bit as impressive.

The St. Bernard’s junior, who is one of the top pitching prospects in the nation and has verbally committed to play at Stanford after graduation, hit a pair of home runs, including a grand slam, to lead the Crusaders to a doubleheader sweep at South Fork.

St. Bernard’s won 21-0 and 11-1, both in five innings, and improved to 5-1 on the season and 5-0 against Little 4 opposition.

In game one, Dugan finished 4-for-4 with the the two home runs and six RBIs.

He also combined with Aidan Dorsch on the mound to hold the South Fork bats hitless over the five innings, striking out nine batters in three innings work.

Dorsch struck out four in two innings.

The Crusaders’ bats had 12 hits in the win, with Cayden Lee finishing 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.

Bode Joyner, Seth Brunton and Drew Vinzenor each also had a double in the win.

Joyner capped a big day with four solid innings on the mound for the win in game two, allowing just one hit.

Dorsch and Vizenor each also had a home run in the nightcap.

The Crusaders will turn their attention back to Big 5 opposition next week, as they prepare to play at Fortuna on Tuesday night, with Dugan expected to start on the mound.

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