Seahawks’ Dooley Suffers Dislocated Finger, Timetable for Return Unknown

April 16 - South Lakes junior shortstop Ryan Dooley, a Virginia Military Institute recruit, suffered a dislocated finger while sliding headfirst into second base in the Seahawks’ opening game yesterday at the Hanahan Invitational Tournament in Charleston, S.C.

Dooley, who is hitting .444 and has drawn 11 walks this season, suffered the injury while stealing second after he led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a single in a 7-1 loss to Fort Dorchester (S.C.). South Lakes initially feared his finger was broken and that their two-time all-district infielder could be lost for up to two months, but with a lesser diagnosis could potentially get him back in a limited role later this week.

Dooley did not play in today’s 10-5 win over A.C. Reynolds (N.C.). Jack Thompson struck out eight in a complete-game outing, Clayton Long hit a grand slam and freshman Jamie Quinn-Irons added a solo homer as the Seahawks (6-5) snapped a five-game losing streak.

In Sunday’s H.I.T. Home Run Derby, Dooley clubbed five homers but did not advance past the first round. Berkeley (S.C.) junior Jeffrey Zeigler won the event, beating Hanahan’s Jonathan Barham in the finals.

Photo of Ryan Dooley by Cyril Samonte