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Ramona scoring runs in bunches

05/08/2014, 10:57pm PDT
By John Maffei

Hitting and deep pitching figure to make Bulldogs a force in the playoffs

Ramona starting pitcher CJ Broussard pitched six shutout innings in the Bulldogs’ 10-0 triumph over host Del Norte. No. 7-ranked Ramona remains undefeated in the Valley League.

The offense had come to life.

In a six-game span, the Ramona High baseball team had scored 91 runs to just five for its opponents.

Add 10 more runs to that total as the No. 7-ranked Bulldogs beat host Del Norte 10-0 Thursday in a key Valley League game.

“We’ve been pounding the ball, and it’s great to see,” said Ramona coach Dean Welch, whose team swept two games from Del Norte (13-10, 7-3) this week. “We’re playing with a lot of confidence. The hitters are locked in, getting great at-bats.”

The Bulldogs (20-4, 10-0) wasted no time, scoring five times in the first inning on three hits, including a bases-loaded, three-RBI double by Jonathan Doulgeropoulos, two walks and an error.

“Those guys really swing it,” Del Norte coach Rielly Embrey said of a Ramona team that is hitting .373. “They get ’em on, get ’em over and get ’em in. Plus we didn’t make plays on defense. There’s a reason they’re rankled so high.”

One of those reasons is pitching.

Senior CJ Broussard went six shutout innings Thursday to improve to 7-0 and lower his ERA to 1.47. Blake Workman tossed a shutout inning and is 3-2 with a 0.70 ERA. Kyle Wilson is 7-0 with a 0.60 ERA.

“We have three pitchers who could be No. 1 in a rotation,” said Broussard, whose fastball sits around 88-89 mph.

“I work off my fastball, and my change-up was working really well. I really like the feel of that pitch.”

Broussard allowed five hits, working out of a bases-loaded jam in the third. He left a runner at third in the fifth. Broussard walked one and struck out six.

“This is one of our best pitching staffs,” said Welch. “Really, we do a lot of things well. We swing it, we have good team speed, and we have a senior-loaded team that is fearless. This was a big week for us.”

Next week is also a big one for Ramona as the Bulldogs play a three-game series with second-place Oceanside (14-10), 8-2). The Bulldogs then finish with Del Norte and Valley Center.

“We’re a Division I team and if we keep playing well, I think we can be a top-four seed and get a home game in the playoffs,” Welch said. “Really, though, we’re a ways away from thinking about the playoffs.”

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