By Steve Breazeale
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Dolphins Baseball Leave No Doubt in Championship Win
The Dana Hills baseball team made their presence in the Sea View League known back on March 21.
In their league opener, the Dolphins jumped on Aliso Niguel standout pitcher Kyle Molnar to the tune of nine hits and seven runs. It was a sign of things to come for the Dolphins, who kept on winning en route to a 10-2 overall record in league play and the league title.
The Dolphins (23-6, 10-2) sealed the league championship with a 4-2 win over San Clemente on May 9. It was the program’s first league title since 2002, when the Dolphins won the South Coast League.
Dana Hills proved to be a well-rounded team on the mound and at the plate all season long.
The team’s combined batting average currently stands at .305 and batters are reaching base at a .372 clip. The pitching staff touts a stingy 2.11 ERA.
The top of the Dolphins batting order has been particularly effective, led by juniors Luke Williams (.341 batting average, four home runs), Jay Schuyler (.309) and sophomore Zach Wolf (.337). The team has eight seniors on the roster, but only a handful get considerable playing time. Most of the production has come from underclassmen.
Seniors Kayman Koen (.329) and Louis Raymond (.353) have provided the veteran leadership.
Raymond also leads the Dolphins pitching efforts, and has been the staff ace all season long. Raymond compiled a 9-2 record in 15 appearances this season, tossing a team-high 69 1/3 innings, and boasts a sparkling 1.82 ERA.
Junior pitcher Marrick Crouse helped solidify the pitching rotation, going 6-2. At times, Crouse showed off a repertoire that had opposing batters baffled. On April 22, in an 8-3 win over Laguna Hills that solidified their first-place standing in league, Crouse threw a complete game four-hitter. There was a stretch in that game where he retired ten batters in a row. Crouse held hitters to a paltry .177 batting average over 58 2/3 innings this season.
As of May 15, the Dolphins were ranked No. 2 in the CIF-SS Division 2 coaches poll, which bodes well for a high CIF-SS Championship seeding. The playoff brackets will be released at 9 a.m. on May 19.
Feagler Bests the Field at CIF Golf Regional
It was a tough day for scoring at Skylinks Golf Course in Long Beach on May 12, the site of the CIF-SS Southern Individual Regional tournament. The wind was gusting and Dana Hills sophomore Clay Feagler had to deal with tough pin placements and a competitive field made up of the best high school golfers in the area.
But Feagler was able to showcase the variety in his game, firing off five birdies and three bogeys to card a 70 (-2) and claim the outright first-place title. Feagler was the only golfer in the field that broke par.
Feagler’s scrambling and putting ability was on full display at the tournament. He hit only 10 of 18 greens in regulation, but needed only 29 putts to get through the round, indicating that when Feagler got on the green with a chance to make a putt and salvage a score, he did.
“The conditions were tough and there were difficult pin placements. The wind was gusting too. But I only had 29 putts and I’m excited that I got the win,” Feagler said.
Feagler will compete in the next stage of sectional qualifying and will be a part of the Dolphins team that heads to the CIF-SS Team Regionals on May 19 at Talega Golf Club in San Clemente.
Dolphins Boys Swim Wins League Title, Girls Place Third
The Dana Hills boys swim team captured the Sea View League championship at El Toro High School on May 9. The girls team finished in third place.
Several Dolphins swimmers had meet wins, including: Trent Pelini (100-yard breaststroke), Mitchell Heimbach (50 freestyle), Michael Smith (100 butterfly) and Shane Forker (500 freestyle).
Pelini (200 individual medley), Smith (100 backstroke) and Keyan Boniadi (500 freestyle) also had runner-up finishes in other events.
The boys Dolphins relay teams won the 200 medley relay and finished second in the 400 freestyle relay.
Dolphins Get Past Chargers in First Round of Volleyball Playoffs
The Dana Hills boys volleyball team hosted Edison in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1 Championships and came away with a 23-25, 25-17, 27-25, 25-22 four-set victory.
The Dolphins finished second in the Sea View League and have reached the second round of the playoffs for a second consecutive year.
Dana Hills was set to host Newbury Park, the first-place team out of the Marmonte League, in the second round. Results were not available at press time.
Dolphins Track and Field Teams Sweep League Finals
Both the Dana Hills boys and girls track and field teams captured the South Coast League title at San Clemente High School on May 6.
The boys team won the event by scoring 108 points, 16.5 points clear of second-place Mission Viejo. The girls team ran away with the league hardware, scoring 117 points. Mission Viejo finished in a distant second with 78 points.
The girls team was led by the likes of meet winners Michaela King (300-meter hurdles) and Claire Kao (pole vault). The Dolphins 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams finished in first place.
Nick Van Vilet amassed points for the boys team by winning the 200-yard dash and the 400. Teammate Justin Hunter won the 100.
Sophomore distance runner Jake Ogden won both the 1,600 and the 3,200.
The Dolphins boys 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams finished first.
The boys and girls track and field teams will send representatives to the CIF-SS Prelims on May 17.
Dolphins Softball Finishes Second in League
The only blemish on the Dana Hills softball team’s South Coast League schedule came in the form of top-ranked Mission Viejo.
The Dolphins squared off against the Diablos twice this season, most recently on May 6, and lost both games by a 13-4 margin.
Outside of the Diablos, the Dolphins had their way with the remaining league opponents, finishing league play with a 6-2 record, good enough for second place. Dana Hills ended their run through league with a 3-1 win over visiting Tesoro on May 14.
The second-place finish guarantees the Dolphins a spot in the CIF-SS Division 2 Championships. Playoff brackets will be announced at 2 p.m. on May 17.