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By Kevin Dahlgren
The Dana Hills baseball squad continued their journey through the CIF-SS playoffs Tuesday afternoon with a 3-0 victory over the Century League champion Buena Hills in the second round.
Dolphin’s starting pitcher Marrick Crouse continued to miss bats against the Bulldogs, striking out 12 batters in a complete-game shutout.
The outstanding performance was Crouse’s sixth complete-game and third shutout of the year. Crouse, who increased his strikeout total to 74 punch-outs on the season, also contributed on offense going 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Dolphins took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a single by Crouse, scoring Kayman Koen, who doubled with two outs to keep the inning alive. Sophomore second baseman Shawn Kany extended the lead with an RBI single in the seventh that allowed Reid Lundeen to score from second to make it 2-0. The final run for the Dolphins came on a single from Chase Lyford bringing Crouse around from second to score.
The bottom half of the lineup carried the weight on offense, producing eight of the team’s nine hits, three RBIs and three runs.
All of the Dolphins runs came with two outs in the second, fourth and sixth innings.
Clutch hitting was the key to the victory, according to head coach Tom Faris.
“We’ve gotten two-out hits before but it was nice to see us string together a few and get some runs, which we haven’t really done this year,” Faris said.
The win advances the Dolphins to the quarterfinals where they will face off against Temecula Valley. The Golden Bears, who currently hold a 21-8 record, are ranked the 11th best high school team in the state of California as well as No. 62 in the National Rankings according to www.MaxPreps.com. The Dolphins will be on the road for the game, which is set for May 30.