Crusaders sweep league-opening doubleheader

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Tyler Dimmick in action at Crusader Field on Friday afternoon.

A young St. Bernard’s team got the new baseball season off to a winning start on Friday, sweeping a Little 4 doubleheader against Hoopa at Crusader Field.

The home team won 12-0 and 16-0, with both games ending after five innings.

Senior pitchers Jason Meyer and Tyler Dimmick got the wins on the mound, with freshmen Tyler Hinrichs and Michael Manzi both impressing in relief.

“I thought we did a good job,” St. Bernard’s head coach Matt Tomlin said. “Our pitchers threw strikes, our defense played well, our young kids played well and I thought our seniors played well. It was a good outing.”

Meyer set the tone early in game one, striking out five in three innings, with Manzi also striking out five in two innings of relief work.

At the plate, Tyler Maples was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while Brayden Luna was 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs and Tyson Meyer was 2-for-2 with an RBI.

In game two, Dimmick picked up just where he left off a year ago and struck out nine batters in three innings.

Hinrichs threw two innings in relief and struck out three.

Another freshman impressed at the plate, with Luke Brunton finishing 1-for-2 with a double and a pair of RBIs.

Hinrichs capped an impressive all-around game with a base hit and two RBIs, while senior Seth Brunton was 1-for-2 with two RBIs.

“I was very happy with our pitching and I think we have three varsity catchers that are all high level catchers,” Tomlin said of Hinrichs, Manzi and TC Rinker.

Tyson Meyer will also be a strong option behind the plate when he fully recovers from an injury sustained during the wrestling season.

Humboldt Sports reached out to the Warriors but no stats were immediately available.

The Hoopa players, however, earned the respect of the St. Bernard’s coaches.

“I thought those guys played hard all day and had a great attitude out on the field,” Tomlin said.

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