He connected and the game was over. His Southridge High School team had won.
"It was a fast ball down the pipe and my eyes lit up when I saw it coming," Dominguez told The Times. "As soon as I hit it, I knew it was gone."
Dominguez went on from Southridge to play for the University of Miami and to turn pro. His pro career lasted four seasons. He never made AAA.
Dominguez' pro career began in 1988, taken by the Angels in the 28th round of the draft. He'd been taken by the Expos four years earlier out of Southridge in the 12th round.
At Miami, Dominguez his a three-run home run as a freshman in an April 1985 game, according to The Associated Press.
"The wind really helped," Dominguez told The AP after that game. "But they'd been pitching me outside, and I thought they'd do it again. I just guessed right."
He hit a game-winning home run in a March 1988 game. He knocked in a run on a single in a May game.
With the Angels, Dominguez started at single-A Palm Springs. He hit .233 in 29 games. The catcher moved to single-A Reno in 1989, hitting .259 in 96 games. He also hit six home runs.
He played 1990 back at Palm Springs. He got into 56 games and hit .251. Dominguez played his final season in 1991, mostly at Palm Springs. He also got five games at AA Midland. Overall, he hit.212 that year, ending his career.
- Miami News, May 5, 1984: Southridge overcomes its jinx
- St. Petersburg Times, Associated Press, April 6, 1985: Hurricanes kick up, trip Southern Cal 11-1
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