By Ray Hamill — St. Bernard’s senior Nick Dugan closed out his high school career in style on Monday, leading the Crusaders to a 7-6 come-from-behind win in the CIF NorCal Division-3 championship game.
Dugan took the mound in relief of starter Aidan Dorsch in the top of the third inning and dominated the rest of the way.
The senior standout struck out all 13 batters he faced for his third NorCal playoff win in just eight days.
“The legend of Nick Dugan continues to grow,” head coach Matt Tomlin said. “That was really special.”
Indeed, it was one of Dugan’s best games ever in what has been a stellar career playing high school and American Legion baseball the past few years.
Tomlin has long believed that a shutout Dugan threw as a 14-year-old against Napa in the American Legion state playoffs was his best game ever, but the longtime coach admits he’s reconsidering that evaluation after Monday’s outing against a team loaded with Division-I college commits.
“I’ve always said that Napa game was his best performance, but today was right up there,” the head coach said. “For Nick to shut down that many Division-I players was outstanding. The legend of Nick Dugan continues to grow.”