The Dorsey Dons baseball team has found their rhythm as the regular season draws close to an end. Skillful defense and a powerful offense caused Dorsey to defeat the Fremont Pathfinders last Thursday 10-0.
For junior Julian Williams, having trust in his teammates and focus on the game was key to the Don’s victory.
“Communication on field, it really helps when you talk loud,” Williams said. “It really helps tremendously.”
Williams pitched a no-hitter during a game against the Wilson Mules on April 12. Dorsey ultimately beat Wilson 3-1.
The Dons are second to Locke High School in the Coliseum League; Dorsey tied with Fremont 0-0 in their previous meeting on March 21.
Their minimal errors and constant awareness of Fremont’s base runners prohibited the Pathfinders from scoring.
“We started off the year kind of shaky, so we’re practicing a lot on in-field defense,” said Dorsey senior Tyler Moguel.
Dorsey caught three consecutive hits in the top of the first and Fremont was unable to reach first base. Pathfinders pitcher Isiah Vasquez struck out Kyle LaFlora, who was the first at bat for the Dons.
After a single and two walks, the bases were loaded; Braydon Williams hit a single and scored one RBI. Another runner reached home when David Leon was at bat.
By the end of the first inning, Dorsey had four runs.
When Fremont returned infield, Jason Campos earned a single and stole second base only to be put out in an attempt to steal third. Renee Castellano would get the third out while running to first base.
Ulises Estrada hit a double for Dorsey, a bunt from Moguel would advance him to third base. However, Dorsey earned their third out before scoring another run.
Neither teams scored a run in the third inning; Moguel struck two Fremont hitters out. The Pathfinders put out two runners despite allowing two hitters to walk.
At the top of the fourth, Vasquez earned a walk; Campos and Kevin Ortega scored a single each. Two runners were tagged out at home plate.
Moguel and Leon earned two RBI’s when Dorsey was at bat. In the fifth inning, Moguel struck out two batters, but allowed Jorge Gonzalez a walk. At the bottom of the fifth, LaFlora hit a double with a runner on second base, scoring another run for Dorsey.
Leon also hit a double, scoring two RBI’s. The Dons had nine runs. Fremont brought in freshmen Jordan Ayala to pitch, who struck out two hitters.
Dorsey also switched pitchers to Williams, the pathfinders only reached second base before earning three outs.
Estrada scored Dorsey’s final RBI of the game by hitting a single with a runner on third and second.
The Dons will have their final home game before the playoffs when they battle the port of Los Angeles Polar Bears on May 4 at 3pm.