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Baseball Season is Back

Baseball season is back!

In their latest game, the Dolphins were handed a tough loss by the Aliso Niguel Wolverines. Senior pitcher Dante Jackson threw another great game, but the offense could not back him up. The 1-0 loss is a tough pill to swallow, but once the team starts consistently hitting, they will find much success.

A much needed win was had against the Lakewood Lancers by the Dolphins on Feb. 29. The 2-1 victory can be credited to a trinity of pitchers in junior CJ Zwahlen, junior AJ Newcomb and senior Ryan Lewis as well as some clutch at-bats that were able to push a couple runs across. Junior Rocco DiFrancesco led offensive efforts with two RBIs.

On Feb. 27, Pacifica was able to prevail over the Dolphins. Jackson had a very good start on the mound, striking out seven through four innings. Junior Ian May gave up the only run of the game in the fifth. The offense is what was lacking throughout the game. There were only three hits by the Dolphins the entire game, and two of them were by DiFrancesco.

The Dolphins took the loss when playing Marina on Feb. 25. Newcomb threw very well throughout his 4.1 innings pitched. The offense struggled throughout the game and was held to only three hits, but was able to push two runs across. The Dolphins led Marina until the bottom of the seventh where the Vikings scored three runs. Junior Sam Lund came in to try and control the damage, but once he got in, it was too late. The Vikings had a walk off single to end the game, and the final score was 2-3. Millikan was no match for the boys in blue on Feb. 24. Zwahlen had a great start on the hill, going five innings with four strikeouts and giving up no runs. May and junior Aedan Anderson each threw one inning to maintain the shutout. Anderson also scored a couple runs along with an RBI to put the dolphins in the lead. The final score was 3-0 Dana Hills.

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Another shutout was had by the Dolphins against Cypress on Feb. 21. Seniors Jackson Fleming and Trevor Gartlan each had two hits and one RBI, which resulted in a four run first and eased the pressure off of the pitching staff. Jackson took advantage of this comfortable lead and tossed an absolute gem, going six innings with six strikeouts and giving up no runs. Lewis closed out the game in the seventh to secure the victory.

A tough loss was handed to the team at San Juan Hills on Feb. 18. They got off to a hot start offensively, scoring six runs in the first, but the bats could not keep the hits coming later in the game. Zwahlem started out strong pitching but when the fourth inning came around things started to go downhill. After giving up four runs, senior Evan McMillen came out of the bullpen to try and limit the damage. A few inopportune errors kept the inning alive long after it should have ended which did not help the pitching staff. The momentum was on the Stallions side after a six run fourth, and when the moment came in the sixth inning to give them a one run lead, they succeeded. The final score was 7-6 San Juan Hills.

The Dolphins started the season against the Gahr Gladiators on Feb. 15. Jackson had a great start on the mound, going four innings and only giving up one hit. Senior Zack Saavedra and Newcomb came in and had some quality relief work to secure the shutout. At the plate, Anderson had himself a day with two hits, but the two RBIs came from Gartlan and Lund.

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