The Major League Baseball scouts started arriving approximately two hours before the first pitch of Redondo’s Bay League baseball game against Palos Verdes on Wednesday.
The reason: It was Drew Dalquist’s night to pitch and the senior right-hander didn’t disappoint.
Dalquist, who is signed with Arizona but catching all eyes when it comes to the June MLB Draft, pitched a three-hit shutout, struck out nine, hit a triple and a two-run home run as the third-ranked Sea Hawks (16-6, 5-0) prevailed 5-0.
“He’s really good,” Redondo coach Andy Diver said of Dalquist. “He was the best player on the field tonight, he’s really good and he’s a special talent on the mound.
“Palos Verdes is a good team. They had a good plan against him, obviously the scouting report is this guy is going to throw 90-plus, 93-94, get ready to hit a fastball and they were, they put some good swings on the ball tonight, but you have to be really good for seven innings to have a chance.”
PV (11-10, 2-3) got runners on in the first inning as Ambrose Russo led off the game with a single and eventually got to third base. Dalquist struck out Tyler Imbach in a first-and-third situation to end the inning.
He set down PV in order in the second and third innings and worked around a lead-off single by Ben Davidson to keep the game scoreless. He got Brian King to ground out to short with a runner on third to end the inning. Christian Dicochea’s throw just narrowly edged King.
Redondo, who had been kept in check by several PV pitchers, broke the scoreless tie in the fifth inning.
Brett McCauley brought in the first run on a sacrifice fly. Christian Dicochea tripled drove in a run and he was driven home by Conner Corlette for a 3-0 lead. Dalquist then put the finishing touches on the inning with his two-run home run to left for the 5-0 lead.
In the sixth and seventh, Dalquist recorded four strikeouts.
“I had a feeling they were going to key on fastballs, I did that through the first time (in the order) and tried to mix it a little more the second and third time through the order,” Dalquist said.
The home run was his fourth of the season.
The teams met March 12 in an El Segundo Tournament game and the Sea Kings prevailed 17-16 in eight innings. they will meet again, Friday at Palos Verdes (3:15 p.m.)