It had been 56 years since Dorsey High last celebrated a City Section baseball championship, so it was understandable on Saturday afternoon at Dodger Stadium that the players had a hard time figuring out what to do after the final out of a 9-6 victory over Van Nuys in the Division II championship game.
There was no dog pile, but players hugged, celebrated and showed off lots of beaming smiles. An eight-run fifth inning helped wipe out a 4-0 deficit and send the Dons to their first title since 1958.
The Dons (22-4) took advantage of 11 walks and five wild pitches while getting four hits off four Van Nuys pitchers. Xavier Storey had a two-run single during the eight-run fifth inning that saw 12 players come to the plate and five reach base on walks. Dorsey made five errors, but pitcher David Lamas was solid after entering the game with one out in the fourth.
"I don't care how we won as long as we got that W," pitcher-catcher Noah Whitney said.
Southern Section finals
It was the battle of Torrance on Saturday in Riverside for the Southern Section Division 4 baseball championship, and Kyle Smith made sure his team came out on top.
Smith struck out 12, walked none and threw a two-hitter in Torrance's 11-0 victory over South Torrance.
In Division 5, sophomore Zachary Torra struck out six, walked none and threw a five-hitter to help Santa Ynez defeat Village Christian, 2-0.
In the Division 6 final, A.J. Discenzo threw a no-hitter to lead Capistrano Valley Christian to a 5-0 win over Chatsworth Sierra Canyon.