The St. Bernard’s Crusaders took full advantage of two big pitching performances to win two games at the Wolves Classic in Arizona on Friday.
The SB boys beat Winslow out of Arizona 6-3 in the morning, and they followed that later in the day with an 11-3 victory over Estrella Foothills, the tournament hosts.
Seniors Aidan Dorsch and Nick Dugan got the wins on the mound with two impressive performances.
Dorsch threw a complete-game seven innings and allowed just one earned run on four hits and a walk, while also striking out 13.
“Dorsch was outstanding,” head coach Matt Tomlin said. “He was just in complete command, and we played really well.”
Dugan was equally impressive in game two, tossing 5.1 innings and giving up four hits and three walks, while striking out eight.
And the game two win was as complete a team performance as Tomlin can recall in all his years at St. Bernard’s, with everyone on the team contributing against the tournament hosts.
“Everybody had a piece in our success,” Tomlin said. “And that was a very good team we beat. It was just a great team win.”
Against Winslow, the Crusaders opened up a three-run lead after three innings and added three more runs in the fifth for a 6-1 advantage.
And that was plenty for Dorsch and his defense.
Dugan and Cayden Lee both continued to make some noise at the plate and had two hits each, including a pair of doubles by Lee.
Carl Nunes, a transfer from Ferndale this year, has hit the ground running in his first week playing for the Crusaders and has been a consistent presence the past couple of days.
Nunes added a double in the morning win, as did Dorsch, while Jeran Ford and Tyler Dimmick each also had a hit.
In game two, the Crusaders led 7-0 after three innings.
Seven different St. Bernard’s players had a hit in the win, including a double by Dugan and a single by Nunes, each of whom also drove in two runs.
Dorsch, Lee, Dimmick, Braeden Zimmerman and Perry Bailey each also had a hit, while Lee pitched 1.2 innings in relief, allowing just one hit and no runs.
The Crusaders, who are now 10-2, will continue tournament play on Saturday at 9 a.m., with Dimmick getting the start on the mound.
If they win, they will advance to the afternoon championship game, with Lee scheduled to get the start.