By BRIAN REED-BAIOTTO, Sports Editor It’s just a month or so into the 2018 prep baseball season and there’s pretty much no debating that Dawson Netz thus far is the Pasadena area’s most dominant pitcher. One week after throwing a no-hitter at Whittier Christian, Netz shut out the defending Olympic League champs. The junior right […]
By BRIAN REED-BAIOTTO, Sports Editor
It’s just a month or so into the 2018 prep baseball season and there’s pretty much no debating that Dawson Netz thus far is the Pasadena area’s most dominant pitcher.
One week after throwing a no-hitter at Whittier Christian, Netz shut out the defending Olympic League champs.
The junior right hander scattered four hits, walked one and struck out 10 to lead Maranatha to a 3-0 victory over Village Christian on Thursday night at Brookside Park.
Netz got out of an early jam with the help of a double play by his defense and his catcher, Jacob Moreno, also tossed out a would-be base stealer.
In his past two outings, he’s allowed just four hits, walked one and struck out 23 batters.
Netz improved to 3-0 and his 0.23 ERA is based off his allowing just one run in 25 innings pitched thus far.
Netz has an area-best 40 strikeouts to just 5 walks.
Maranatha, thanks to Thursday’s victory, already holds a two-game lead over the defending champs.
Max Blessinger gave Netz all the support he’d need with his two-run base hit in the third inning.
Marco Martinez singled to add an insurance run in the fifth.
Blessinger finished 2 for 3 with a run scored and the two RBIs.
Casey Popham and Brock Vradenburg had one hit apiece for the Minutemen.
Eric Oseguera had two of Village Christian’s four hits.
Tobias Plotkin was saddled with the loss, going 2 1/3 innings and allowing two runs on three hits.
Plotkin walked two and struck out a pair of Maranatha batters.
Oseguera was solid on the mound for the Crusaders over the final 3 2/3 innings.
He allowed one run on two hits, walked one and struck out six MHS batters.
Maranatha now heads to Florida for the prestigious IMG National Classic in Miami.
The Minutemen are set to play at least four games, including Tuesday’s 1 p.m. (eastern time) showdown with Monsignor Pace (5-4) of Miami.
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Village Christian: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-(0)
Win: Dawson Netz (3-0)
Loss: Tobias Plotkin (3-1)
2B: Tobias Plotkin (VC), Ricky Perez (VC)
Olympic League Standings:
Maranatha (6-2 overall, 3-0 in league)
Heritage Christian (7-4, 2-1)
Village Christian (7-3, 2-2)
Whittier Christian (5-9-1, 1-2)
Valley Christian (5-6, 0-3)