The Dublin High School Softball and Baseball teams both secured critical victories this week over Dougherty Valley to keep their hopes of making the North Coast Section playoffs alive. Both victories came at home on Senior Day, as the Softball team prevailed over the Wildcats 4-1 on Thursday while the Baseball team won 12-1 on Friday.
In Thursday’s softball action, the Gaels trailed 1-0 until Tanaya Barrett hit a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 3rd inning to put Dublin on top 2-1. The Gaels were clinging to their 1-run lead until the bottom of the 6th when London Abrew have a pinch hit double to knock in two runs and provide the final margin of victory. After giving up 2 hits in the first inning, freshman pitcher Sarah Bull settled down to scatter a mere two hits the rest of the way. Bull also induced two double plays, including one to end the contest. Dublin is currently ranked #16 by Maxpreps, and the team will wait to see if they are selected into the 16-team NCS Division 1 tournament when the committee meets on May 15th.
One team that appeared to definitively punch their ticket into NCS was the Baseball team. Dublin got on the board early when KJ Sweeney hit a double to knock in Brendan Moddelmog giving the Gaels an early 1-0 advantage. The score remained 1-0 until the Gaels exploded for 9 runs in the 4th inning. Sweeney was again the catalyst by hitting another double to start the rally in which all nine players would get on base. Cole Gaynor pitched a complete game to earn the win. The Gaels finished 7-6 in league action and will be traveling to face California in an EBAL playoff game on Tuesday, May 10th at 4:00 p.m. Dublin is now 15-8-1 overall, giving the team its most wins since 2006 when they won NCS.
Another team having their best season in program history since winning NCS 21 years ago in 2001 is the Boys Volleyball team. After sweeping BVAL champion Liberty in the first round, they traveled to face top-seeded College Park in the Quarterfinals. Dublin played their best match of the season, taking the first set 25-21 and nearly taking the 2nd before falling 25-23. The Gaels eventually dropped the final 2 sets 25-18 each, but it was a valiant effort against a team that is projected to compete for a CIF NorCal title. Considering that virtually the entire team is returning next season combined with the fact that this year’s Junior Varsity squad posted a 19-1 overall record, the program is poised for future success and another run towards an NCS Championship in the future.