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Dana Hills senior Blake Taylor pitched in the second game of the week between the Dolphins and San Juan Hills baseball teams. Photo by Steve Breazeale
Dana Hills senior Blake Taylor pitched in the second game of the week between the Dolphins and San Juan Hills baseball teams. Photo by Steve Breazeale

By Steve Breazeale

Dolphins Baseball Loses Close One to Stallions, Splits Series

With runners at second and third and one out in the bottom of the sixth inning, San Juan Hills senior shortstop Colby Schultz laced a two RBI single down the right field line, scoring what would be the go ahead run in an important 2-1 Stallions victory over Sea View League opponent Dana Hills on April 23.

The Stallions (13-10, 4-3 league) entered the game in a three-way tie for second place in the Sea View League and broke that tie with the win. Laguna Hills (4-4) and Aliso Niguel (3-3), both sitting idle on the day, now trail San Juan Hills in the standings.

Both teams were forced to scrape together whatever runs they could in what was a clinical pitcher’s duel between San Juan Hills’ Evanne Wilkes and the Dolphins’ Grant Dyer. Both pitchers went the distance. Wilkes scattered two hits and two walks over seven innings of work while punching out six. Dyer matched his counterpart by dealing out five hits, two strikeouts and no walks in six innings.

Dyer faced the minimum amount of batters (15) before the decisive sixth inning, which started with a leadoff single by San Juan Hills senior David Brawner. Freshman Jack McCarthy would follow with an infield hit.

Both runners would advance on a wild pitch, setting the stage for Schultz’s timely hit.

The Dolphins won the rubber game of the series 1-0 on April 24. Senior Blake Taylor was the winning pitcher.

Next Game: 5/1 vs. San Clemente, 3:30 p.m.

Dolphins Tennis Falls to Tritons on the Road

The Dana Hills boys tennis team suffered back to back losses to Woodbridge and San Clemente on April 17 and April 18, respectively.

The Dolphins (8-7, 4-3) traveled to play Woodbridge in a non-league match and lost 18-3. Dana Hills then played against first-place San Clemente and lost 12-6.

The team’s final league match was set for April 23 against El Toro. Results were not available at press time.

Dana Hills Golf Finishes Second in League

The Dana Hills boys golf team fired off four straight wins to end their season and finish 14-6 overall and 8-3 in the South Coast League. The Dolphins finished the year in sole possession of second place.

Dolphins Track and Field Cleans Up at OC Championships

The Dana Hills boys and girls track and field teams had successful days at the OC Championships at Mission Viejo High on April 20.

The girls team was led by several top finishers in a variety of events and finished in second place overall with 62 points.

Senior Brenna Barker nearly swept her three major field events by placing first in the triple jump (36-7), second in the high jump (5-4) and first in the long jump (17-5).

Michaela King placed in both hurdling events, finishing second in the 300 hurdles (44.21 seconds) and third in the 100 hurdles (14.89).

Emily Harper placed second in the 1600, posting a time of 5:18.59.

The Dolphins also got a boost from their pole vaulters Claire Kao and Sierra Hansen, who both cleared the 11 feet, 4 inches mark and tied for fourth place.

The boys track and field team placed fourth overall, tallying 61 points.

The relay teams were strong for the Dolphins, especially the 4×400-meter relay squad, which placed first with a time of 3:20.62. The 4×100 relay team placed second (42.93).

Alec Cranford came in second in the discus (162 feet, 1 inch) and third in the 400 (49.85).

Jake Ogden finished second in the 3200 (9:24.12).

The Dolphins went on to lose to Mission Viejo in dual meet action 81-55 on April 24.

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