By Steve Ramirez
There was a time when South Hills’ Dakota Behr was described as a football player/wrestler who sometimes played baseball. Thursday he showed that he is definitely a baseball player who also plays football and competes for the wrestling team. Behr pitched a four-hit shut out and struck out 10 as the Huskies remained in control of the San Antonio League race with a 7-0 victory at Nogales. South Hills also got two hits and three RBIs from Dominick Martinez and two doubles from Cameron Saylor, improved to 14-3 overall and 6-0 in league. Nogales slipped to 12-8 and 2-3.
“Dakota is a bulldog and I’ve been blessed to have him,” South Hills coach Kevin Smith said. “He really came into his own in the playoffs last year and stepped up.
“The thing about him is that he competes. He competes every day, and he competed today. I was a little worried that he threw an inning and a third the other day, but I couldn’t be more pleased with him. He just battled today.”
The Nobles’ Rene Felix kept South Hills in check through the first three innings, but the Huskies made an adjustment and took control with three runs in the fourth and two in the fifth.
South Hills, which had 11 hits, took a 3-0 lead in the the fourth on RBI singles by Christian Ibarra, Richard Rollice and Martinez. Martinez then doubled in two runs for a 5-0 lead in the fifth.
“They are just a good team,” Nogales coach John Romano said. “They have five Division I players and they are tough. If there’s a better team in the Valley, I haven’t seen it.”
Behr did the rest in giving up just one hit and striking out eight during the first four innings. He gave up two hits in the fifth and a double in the seventh before getting Eric Gonzales and Alejandro Lopez to earn the shutout.
“That’s a good team (Nogales),” Smith said. “They came to play. Fortunately, we did to.”