Simply the best, Crusaders shut out Credo for NCS-leading 14th title

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Nick Dugan delivers a pitch on Friday night.

By Ray Hamill — The most successful baseball program in North Coast Section history lived up to the billing on Friday night, as St. Bernard’s rolled to a 7-0 win over Credo in the Division-6 championship game at Bomber Field in Eureka.

Pitchers Nick Dugan and Aidan Dorsch combined to no-hit the Gryphons, leading the Crusaders to their 14th all-time section championship, which broke a tie with De La Salle after the Spartans defeated Foothill in the Division-I decider for their 13th all-time title earlier in the evening.

“Pitching and defense wins,” head coach Matt Tomlin said. “And what can I say? Nick Dugan and Aidan Dorsch are two high school pitchers as good as any I’ve seen in 20 years, and they showed it tonight.”

Dugan got the start and quickly settled into the game after getting out of a bases-loaded jam with one out in the top of the first.

The Stanford-bound senior pitched six hitless innings and struck out 13, while allowing just four walks.

Dorsch struck out the side in the seventh inning to seal the win and give the Crusaders their first NCS championship since 2015.

“Nick never dropped below 92 with his fast ball and his breaking ball was electric,” Tomlin said. “And Dorsch was electric in the seventh.

“I just feel so good about those two guys and their future.”

Another senior, Cayden Lee, also has enjoyed an outstanding season at the plate and that continued on Friday.

Aidan Dorsch

Lee finished 3-for-4 with a triple, a double and two runs scored.

Dugan also had a big night at the plate and finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs, while Drew Vizenor was 2-for-3 with two runs.

The NCS medal was the second for Vizenor, who also won with the Arcata Tigers as a freshman in 2019.

Braeden Zimmerman and Perry Bailey each also had a base hit in the win.

The NCS championship was the sixth for Tomlin, but his first in baseball.

The legendary SB coach has also won two in football and three in girls basketball, and Friday’s championship gives him a remarkable triple crown of section titles.

“I have an amazing coaching staff,” he said, paying particular tribute to longtime pitching coach Greg Shanahan.

In three playoff games, the Crusaders did not allow a single run.

The Crusaders are not done yet and will now advance to next week’s NorCal Regional tournament.

They will find out their seed and opponent on Sunday, with tournament games scheduled for Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

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  1. I respect SB and I’m glad that they won, but the fact that they have 14 NCS titles and are still in Division-6 is utter bullshit. I’d be extremely upset if I was a fellow Division-6 school. I mean they’ve literally demonstrated 14 times that they belong in a higher division. I do not understand why NCS hasn’t moved them up years ago.

  2. Divisions were established in 2009
    St. Bernard’s baseball has been in division 6 seven of those years and division 5 seven years
    The last county representative in d-6 championship game was South Fork in 2019

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