Capistrano Valley High baseball player Matthew Dobson hit a walk-off, three-run home run in a 4-3 victory against Villa Park on Saturday, March 20, just two days after the funeral for his mother, Mary. (Photo courtesy of Capistrano Valley baseball)
PUBLISHED: March 20, 2021 at 4:41 p.m. | UPDATED: March 20, 2021 at 6:35 p.m.
The grieving process for Capistrano Valley High baseball player Matthew Dobson received a lift with one mighty swing of the bat.
The senior launched a walk-off, three-run home run in the eighth inning to lead the Cougars to a season-opening 4-3 victory against visiting Villa Park on Saturday, March 20, just two days after the funeral of his mother, Mary, who died from an aneurysm.
Capistrano Valley coach Adam Sorgi said tears rolled down Dobson’s face as he raced around the bases, was swarmed by leaping teammates at home plate and tried to comprehend the moment in the dugout.
“I still have the chills,” Sorgi said. “It wasn’t just a walk-off home run but an unbelievable moment for him. Absolutely incredible. Welcome back to sports.”
The third baseman was 0 for 3 entering the at-bat but belted the first pitch he saw in the eighth over the fence in left.
Sorgi said Dobson’s support at the game included his father, Terry, and his teammates, who retrieved the home run ball and gave it to him.
The coach also said he was sure Dobson’s proud mother was there, too, watching over him.
“It’s the ultimate support system,” Sorgi said of high school sports. “(A) moment he’ll remember the rest of his life.”
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An image from a video shows Mattew Dobson hitting his game-winning home run on Saturday, March 20. (Image courtesy of Capistrano High baseball)