Efficient day for Dimmick as Crusaders inch closer to title

File photo – Tyler Dimmick got a win and a save in a doubleheader on Saturday.

Tyler Dimmick had a good day at the ball park on Saturday, as the St. Bernard’s Crusaders took a big step towards a Little 4 championship in baseball.

Dimmick threw eight innings over two games at South Fork, getting a win and a save and doing it all on just 95 pitches.

The Crusaders won game one 4-2 and took game two 3-0.

Impressive freshman Michael Manzi was “outstanding,” according to head coach Matt Tomlin, on his way to victory on the mound in the opener, striking out 11 in six innings.

Dimmick took over in relief and quickly got the save on just nine pitches.

He carried that momentum into game two with a “complete-game masterpiece,” Tomlin said, giving up just three singles and striking out 12.

“Hats off to both SB pitchers, they were both pounding the zone,” South Fork head coach Chris Contreras said. 

The sweep lifts the Crusaders to 8-0 in league play with four games remaining.

South Fork dropped to 3-5 in league play, while Ferndale is 5-3 after taking two games from Hoopa on Saturday.

Mateo Gutierrez led the Crusaders at the plate in game one and was 2-for-3 with a run, while Manzi helped his own cause by going 1-for-4 with two stolen bases and two runs, and Tyson Meyer was 1-for-3 with two stolen bases and an RBI.

Meyer added another base hit in game two, as well as a stolen base and a run, with Manzi, Luke Brunton, Tyler Maples and Jason Meyer rounding out a five-hit team performance.

John Harding got the start onto mound for the Cubs in game one and kept his team in the game against the league leaders, allowing just five hits and striking out 10.

Unfortunately for South Fork, too many errors proved costly.

“If we tighten things defensively, it definitely would be a different game,” Contreras said.

South Fork’s Justin Freitas singled to start a late rally in game one and would score a few moments later on a Wesley Way base hit.

Harding finished the second game 2-for-3, while Jonah Wansick pitched well and also did his best to keep his team in the game.

Once again, however, errors proved costly, and the Cubs, according to Contreras, “just didn’t execute fielding routine balls.”

Contreras also paid tribute to experienced umpires Russ Killingsworth and Don Hofacker for the games they called.

“They both called great games and work really well together,” the South Fork coach said. “Stoked to have a ton of knowledge umpiring our games.”

The Crusaders are now 13-7 overall, while the Cubs are 3-8.

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