MANSFIELD - Having sat out all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow, Mansfield High senior Nolan Doussa was determined this season to develop the touch that he possessed as a sophomore for the Hornets on the mound.
On Monday, Doussa might have had his best outing of the spring thus far, scattering four hits and not issuing a walk as the Hornets routed King Philip 9-0 in a Hockomock League game.
Doussa retired four Warriors on strikes and set down the King Philip side in order in the first, third, fifth and sixth innings.
The only two KP leadoff batters to reach base were Chris Wing in the fourth inning with a single and Will Weir in the seventh inning with a base hit. When KP did threaten to score in the fourth inning, Mansfield senior shortstop Max Boen initiated a frame-ending double play.
Doussa had to also tip his cap to Hornet junior center fielder Kevin Dow, who caught five flyouts, including a spectacular diving catch in the sixth inning.
"He was phenomenal," Mansfield coach Joe Breen said of Doussa, who notched his second mound win of the season (his only loss a 2-0 verdict against Canton). "For a kid who did not play at all last year, he's been our workhorse. He goes deep into every game."
"He wasn't overpowering, but he pitched well," added KP coach Patrick Weir of Doussa. "He mixed it up well."
Mansfield (5-3) pushed across five runs in the first inning while junior Zach Peterson and sophomore Kyle Moran were both on base three times, each with two hits and a walk.
The Hornets' early uprising in the their first at-bat came off four hits with two outs while Moran singled and Peterson drew a walk.
"Our early offense took them out of their small-ball game," said Breen.
Cullen Anastasia and Dow poked RBI singles and Anthony DeGirolamo drove a stake into KP's upset hopes with a two-run double.
Mansfield tacked on another run in the third inning when Peterson doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly. The Hornets made it 7-0 in the fifth when Matt Farragher singled, stole second base and scored on a Peterson base hit.
Mansfield returns to action Wednesday at Oliver Ames while King Philip (5-3) travels to Franklin Tuesday.