Season Preview: Dana Hills Dolphins

Devon Rodriguez
California Area Scout

With the 2019 high school baseball season just around the corner in California, we have begun rolling out team previews from around the state. Today we focus on the Dana Hills Dolphins from CIF-SS Division 1.

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Team: Dana Hills

Nickname: Dolphins

Section: Southern Section, Division 1

League: South Coast

Head Coach/Years at school: Tom Faris (16th season)

Team Twitter Handle: @DanaBaseball

2018 Overall Record: 17-14 (8-4, 2nd Place in League)

2018 Postseason Finish: 1st Round

Number of Returning Starters: 6

Number of Returning Pitchers: 5

Top Returning Players:

'19 SS Zach Waters, '19 C Logan Gallina, '20 2B Ethan Ezor, '20 OF Thomas Buckanavage, '20 LHP/OF Dante Jackson, '21 P/1B CJ Zwahlen

Other Players to Know:

'19 UTL Beau Johnson, '20 OF/P Ryan Lewis, '21 C Rocco DiFrancesco

College Commitments: N/A

2019 Outlook:

Coming off a strong 2018 season, Coach Faris and the Dolphins are looking to build on their success from last year in one of the toughest divisions in the country. Coach Faris has a young and exciting team after having a lot of young guys play in 2018 and that experience should help to make this Dana Hills team one of the more experienced teams in their league and division. This team is loaded with potential college prospects all over the diamond and they look to have the pieces to make a deep run in the playoffs this year. '19 SS Zach Waters and '20 2B Ethan Ezor are going to lock down the middle of the diamond with young "veterans" in '20 OF Thomas Buckanavage, '20 LHP/OF Dante Jackson, and '21 P/1B CJ Zwahlen all adding depth to the lineup and ready to eat up innings on the mound. 

If Coach Faris’ team runs into any issues it will be at the back end of games. Without a reliable closer to call on, the Dolphins will have to mix and match pieces to secure the final outs in games. They will need someone to step up and fill this role early in the season, removing one of the few weakness that the team may have. With a young, experienced team ready to battle it out in one of California's toughest conferences look for this Dana Hills team to be a contender again come playoff time.


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