Early in the collegiate softball season, sophomore Hailey Dolcini is fast emerging as the ace of the Fresno State staff.
Dolcini, a former Fortuna High standout, has been impressive since joining the team this year, after transferring from UC Riverside, where she played as a freshman.
Through 14 games, Dolcini leads the team in wins, ERA and innings pitched, as well as starting a team-high six games.
The four-time Big 5 MVP is 4-1 with an ERA of 1.56, posting exactly half of the Bulldogs’ wins.
She also has a team-best three complete games.
After struggling in a loss to California Baptist two weeks ago, Dolcini responded last week with one of her best performances of the year, striking out a season-high 11 in a 4-1 win over Loyola Marymount.
The Bulldogs (8-6) had a couple of games rained out last weekend, but are scheduled to host the Bulldog Classic this week, with the action getting under way on Thursday.
Ray Hamill writes at humboldtsports.com, where you can read lots more about sports in Humboldt County.