The St. Bernard’s Crusaders officially clinched the Little 4 championship in baseball over the weekend after sweeping a doubleheader at Ferndale, 17-3 and 5-1.
The two wins lift the Crusaders to 10-0 in league play with two games remaining in what has been a thoroughly dominating campaign for the senior-heavy and deep squad.
In their 10 league games, the SB boys have outscored their opponents 157-14.
In game one on Saturday, Aidan Dorsch finished 3-for-3 with two doubles, three runs and two RBIs, while Jeran Ford was 3-for-5 with two doubles and four RBIs.
Braeden Zimmerman also had two hits, three runs and two RBIs, while Cayden Lee and Perry Bailey each hit a home run and Tyson Meyer had a hit.
Tyler Dimmick pitched three strong scoreless innings for the win, allowing one hit and striking out seven.
Trent Titus continued to impress for Ferndale and finished 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run, while Parker Prior added a base hit and also had an RBI and scored a run.
Mattias Alejandre and Levi Dixon each also had a base hit in the loss,.
Austin Michael took the loss on the mound, but contained a very dangerous Crusaders lineup before the visitors pulled away late, allowing four earned urns in three innings and striking out two.
Game two was much closer.
Seth Brunton finished 2-for-4 in the win with a pair of doubles, while Carl Nunes was 2-for-5 and Drew Vizenor added a double.
Deshaun Bailey, Grady Griffin, Nick Dugan, Dimmick and Zimmerman each also had a hit for St. Bernard’s, which improved to 18-3 on the season.
Dorsch, Lee, Ford and Jason Meyer combined on the mound to throw a five-hitter, with Lee getting the win.
Prior, Alejandre, Dixon, Michael and Kannon Christiansen each had a hit for the Cats, with Prior scoring their only run on a Dixon RBI.
Prior also pitched three innings, allowing four earned runs on seven hits and striking out three, with Titus throwing four innings in relief and allowing three hits and four walks and striking out one.
“Both of those guys in the second game threw well,” Ferndale head coach Justin Andersen said. “I kind of told them to go out and have fun, and they did. We just didn’t do much offensively.”
The Cats are now 5-5 in league play and 6-9 overall.