Crusaders remain unbeaten against Little 4 opponents


File photo – Nick Dugan

Nick Dugan continued to cause problems at the plate on Saturday, and the St. Bernard’s Crusaders continued to roll over their Little 4 opponents in baseball.

Despite a far better performance at the plate from the Cubs in South Fork, the Crusaders took both ends of a doubleheader, winning 9-3 and 14-6.

With the sweep, St. Bernard’s improved to 7-2 on the season, including a 7-0 mark against L4 teams.

Dugan, who hit two home runs last week against South Fork, had four more hits on Saturday, including two doubles in game two.

He also drove in three runs in the opener.

Cayden Lee also had a big day at the plate, finishing 3-for-4 in the nightcap with a double after also getting a hit in the opener.

Braeden Zimmerman also was 2-for-2 with a double in game two, while Brayden Luna had a triple and Peyton Smith a double.

Sophomore Jason Meyer got the win on the mound in game one, allowing one hit and two walks in three innings, while striking out two.

Meyer got plenty of help from his offense, which scored five runs in the bottom of the first to give him an early cushion.

Bode Joyner pitched four innings in relief.

Lee got the win in the nightcap, allowing three hits and seven walks in four innings, while striking out six.

Brody Tomlin threw three hitless innings in relief, while striking out four and walking just one.

Drew Vizenor had a hit in each game, as did Smith, while Meyer, Joyner, Micah Duncan and Aidan Dorsch each also had a hit.

The Cubs, meanwhile, have struggled to hit the ball through the early season, but fared much better at the plate on Saturday, and led early in game two before the Crusaders scored six times in the fourth to pull away.

“We left 12 runners on base (in game one), which isn’t going to win you ball games, but the boys competed well,” South Fork head coach Chris Contreras said. “We hit the ball a lot better this weekend than we have been. We’re still getting a ton of strikeouts, but at least we’re getting hits.”

Crue Contreras had three hits for the Cubs on the day, while Broc Contreras, Shevy Bero-Van Meter and Zech Wilkes each had two.

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