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Long hours lead Dublin’s Long to Cal State San Marcos

Nolan Long practices at Dublin on March 22, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Nolan Long practices at Dublin on March 22, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

A rigorous work ethic was always something Dublin senior left-handed pitcher Nolan Long had.

Long’s parents constantly pushed him to be the best, telling him that a strong dedication to one’s craft will pay long-term dividends. That’s why Long’s days consistently begin with weightlifting in San Ramon from 6-8 a.m., followed by school, baseball and homework.

He simply wants it, and the long hours Long has put in paid off in immense ways, securing a commitment to continue his baseball career at Cal State San Marcos.

“It means the world to me to have it know it’s extended another four years,” Long said. “I’ve played this all of my life and it’s my love and my passion, and I’m just glad to have more years to play.”

San Marcos was the perfect fit for Long, who chose the school over interest from Cal State East Bay and San Francisco State. 

There, he will team up with fellow Dublin senior Elijah Lee, who is another Cal State San Marcos commit. 

“I’ve just been going to a lot of showcases and they also recruited my fellow teammate, so we just happened to be at the right place at the right time,” Long said.

At Dublin, Long continually displays why he’s set to become a collegiate student-athlete in a few months.

Last season, Long pitched 11.2 scoreless innings in his first varsity campaign, which was shortened because of the pandemic. He allowed just seven hits while striking out 19 batters and walking seven.

This year, Long boasts a 3.00 ERA in 14 innings, tallying 18 strikeouts and six walks. That includes five scoreless innings and 10 strikeouts in his first outing against Livermore. 

And Long is providing quality at-bats, going 7-for-14 with two doubles and an RBI.

“I think what’s made me successful is my dedication to the sport and my work ethic,” Long said.

With Dublin boasting a 2-4 overall record in a daunting East Bay Athletic League, Long strives for Gaels to become the best team in one of the country’s top leagues. 

“Our goal is to compete, be the best team in EBAL,” Long said.

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