LITTLE 4 ROUNDUP — Crusaders continue to roll; Warriors get first L4 win

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Freshman Michael Manzi finished 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs in Thursday’s win.

It was a busy day in the Little 4 on Thursday, with South Fork and Hoopa playing a doubleheader in Miranda and St. Bernard’s hosting Ferndale in a single game moved forward from Friday at the last minute.

South Fork took game one 7-0, but Hoopa battled back to take game two 7-2 for the Warriors first league win.

The impressive Crusaders kept rolling with an 11-0 win in five innings, with senior Tyler Dimmick dominating on the mound again and four starting freshmen combining for nine RBIs.

Dimmick allowed just three hits and struck out nine for the victory.

For the year, he is now 9-1 with 90 strikeouts and remarkably has walked just four batters all season long.

Freshman Michael Manzi also continued to impress in his first high school season, finishing 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and two stolen bases.

And he wasn’t the only freshman to have a good day.

Isaiah Wolfe was 1-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs; Tyler Hinrichs was 1-for-2 with two RBIs; and Luke Brunton was 1-for-2 with two RBIs.

Dimmick also made some noise at the plate and was 2-for-3, while fellow senior Tyson Meyer was 1-for-2 and had three stolen bases on his way to scoring three runs.

No stats were immediately available for Ferndale.

The Wildcats, however, clinched second in league after South Fork’s loss to Hoopa.

SB and Ferndale will play the second game of their league-concluding doubleheader at the Bear River sports complex on Friday at 5:15 p.m.

South Fork 7, Hoopa 0

Hoopa 7, South Fork 2

It was a tale of two games in Miranda.

South Fork’s Jonah Wansick pitched a complete-game shutout in the opener as he continues to impress down the stretch of the season.

Wansick threw just 70 pitches for the win, allowing just two hits and striking out five, while also finishing 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, four RBIs and two runs.

Broc Contreras also had a good game for the Cubs and was 2-for-4 with a double, a stolen base and two runs, while Lucas Genolio was 1-for-3 with an RBI. 

“I’m extremely proud of how Jonah pitched and hit at the plate,” head coach Chris Contreras said of the senior who was playing his final home game. “Especially on Senior Day.”

Game two, however, was dominated by Hoopa’s Lyle McKinnon, who pitched a complete-game two-hitter and struck out 11.

Justin Freitas got the start on the mound for the home team and started well with four strikeouts in the first six batters he faced.

But the Cubs began to falter defensively after that and the visitors took full advantage.

Genolio also pitched well in relief and was 1-for-3 at the plate with a double, while Freitas was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

“Hats off to Hoopa for getting their first league win,” Chris Contreras said. “Coach Curtis Kane has them Hoopa playing well.”

No other stats were available for Hoopa.

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