The Crusaders will travel to play in a highly competitive tournament in Arizona next weekend, but for now they continue to cruise through the Little 4, comfortably sweeping another two games at home to Ferndale on Saturday.
The St. Bernard’s boys won 12-1 and 14-0, both in five innings and improved to 4-0 in conference.
Seniors Aidan Dorsch and Cayden Lee combined to pitch a no-hitter in game two with just one walk, after senior Brody Tomlin and junior Tyler Dimmick combined to throw a one-hitter in the opener.
Through their opening four league games, the St. Bernard’s pitchers have allowed just two base hits.
And the SB dominance didn’t end on the mound, with the offense blasting three home runs in game two, including Nick Dugan’s fourth of the season.
Fellow senior Perry Bailey is also enjoying an outstanding season in his first year playing high school baseball and finished 2-for-3 in game two with a home run,
“He’s hitting the heck out of the ball this year,” head coach Matt Tomlin said.
Teammate Jeran Ford, who transferred to St. Bernard’s this year and had to sit out the first month of the season, capped his first week with the team by hitting a monster home run that landed on the roof of a house on the far side of Henderson Street.
Dorsch, Lee and Tyson Meyer each also doubled in the win.
Meyer, who splits time with Ford behind the plate, had a big day and finished with three hits over the two games, including two doubles.
In game one, Drew Vizenor finished 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, while Lee was 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI.
A young Wildcats team dropped to 2-2 in the Little 4 and 2-6 overall and had some bright spots, most notably the play of the Prior brothers, Paden and Parker.
Paden switched to third base as head coach Justin Andersen moved some players around, and he didn’t disappoint, turning in a strong outing that caught the attention of the opposing coach.
“The Prior brothers are two very good baseball players,” Matt Tomlin said.
Austin Michael also transitioned to first base, while Trent Titus pitched well in game one in his first varsity outing on the mound.
“He pitched himself out of a couple of jams against a top-notch opponent,” Andersen said of Titus.
The Cats had three freshmen and two sophomores on the mound against the senior-heavy Crusaders.
“They all competed,” Andersen said.
The Crusaders will now take a break from league play to compete in the Wolves Classic in Arizona next weekend, a competitive tournament that features 12 teams from across the nation.
St. Bernard’s opens tourney play on Thursday.
The Wildcats, meanwhile, will play a doubleheader at Potter Valley on Tuesday.
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