Bulldog baseball ‘heading in the right direction,’ says coach
By Bill Tamburrino
Coach Dean Welch’s Bulldogs are playing exciting baseball. The Dawgs took two games to extra innings and rallied three times in extra innings to score runs.
“Right now we are in the pre-season and are finding identity and learning how to win,” said Welch. “Helix is a top 10 team and is defending CIF champions. We gave them all that they could handle. I like where we are at this point of the season. We are not hitting on all cylinders yet, but we are heading in the right direction. We want to improve and peak at the right time,” said Welch.
The Bulldogs lost to Serra and Helix and beat Monte Vista in the Aztec-Foothiller Tournament. They are 2-2 on the year, will finish the Aztec-Foothiller this week, and will compete in the North County Tournament next week. So far this season the Dawgs have played two defending CIF champions (La Jolla Country Day and Helix) with Rancho Bernardo on the schedule.
The Bulldogs fell behind to Serra 3-0 in the fourth and rallied in the sixth and seventh innings but fell short in a 3-2 loss to the Conquistadors.
Harrison McGhee got the start and pitched five innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits. He fanned 10 and only allowed one base on balls. Jordan Farhat pitched the final two frames and did not give up a run. Farhat gave up one hit, fanned one, and walked one.
Beau Sulser and Gage Canning led the Bulldogs offensively. Sulser went 2 for 4 with a double, an RBI, and a stolen base. Canning, a freshman centerfielder, collected a double and a single in four trips to the plate. Hunter McHargue, Jackson Willeford, and Christian Drews each contributed one hit to the offense. McHargue’s hit was a double.
On the road the Bulldogs went into extra innings to beat the Monte Vista Monarchs 6-4.
Rhett Williams got the start and went five innings and gave up four runs on four hits. He fanned two and gave up five walks.
As relief, Hunter McHargue picked up the win by pitching three hitless innings. He struck out two and issued one base on balls. Sulser pitched the final frame and picked up the save by tossing a hitless inning with one strikeout.
Willeford, the team’s Arizona bound senior, got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard with a third inning home run, and he also stroked a single. Willeford scored three runs, and Canning had two hits in four trips.
McHargue, Brandon Fitzpatrick, Farhat and Taylor Burger also contributed hits. Fitzpatrick, Farhat and Kevin Hagan drove in runs for the Dawgs.
The Ramona Helix game brought out the best of the Bulldogs even in defeat. The Dawgs rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to send the game into extra innings. Helix scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning to apparently win the game. The Dawgs again rallied for four runs to send the game to the 10th inning. The Highlanders scored two runs in the 10th and the Dawgs could not answer after two strong rallies.
Sulser got the start and was victimized by unearned runs. The senior hurler gave up one earned run on seven hits in five innings and struck out two.
Harrison McHargue came in and tossed two scoreless frames. Two sophomores finished the game for the Dawgs. Jordan Farhat threw three innings, and Taylor Burger finished on the mound for the Dawgs.
Sulser made the most of his two line drive hits as he drove in four runs in the game. Hagan and Canning contributed two hits apiece. Canning, Willeford and Farhat stroked doubles. McHargue, Williams and Grason Lanz also hit in the marathon game.
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