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Mon. July 26, 2010 | Eduardo A. Encina

Former Alonso left-hander pitcher Thomas Dorminy III, the 2009 Times Suncoast Pitcher of the Year after helping lead the Ravens to a Class 6A state championship, will not go to USF and instead has enrolled to attend and pitch at Hillsborough Community College, his father said Monday morning.

Dorminy committed to USF before his breakthrough junior season, and he signed a letter of intent this past year, but his father, Thomas Dorminy Jr., said recent departures of USF pitching coach Lazer Collazo and hitting coach Bryant Ward from the Bulls staff made Dorminy reconsider his future.

"He decided to give JUCO a shot," Thomas Dorminy Jr. said in a text message.

Going the junior college route means that Dorminy will be draft eligible following his first season. If he went to a Division I school, he wouldn't be eligible until after being on campus for three years.

Dorminy was considered one of the area's top 2010 draft prospects following a junior year in which he was 12-0 with a 1.04 ERA with 121 strikeouts in 74 1/3 innings and had a spectacular postseason. That season, he earned the win in the region quarters at former national No. 2 Lakeland. He then threw a no-hitter against Melbourne in the region finals and ended his season with a three-hit, complete-game shutout against defending 6A champ Lake Brantley to get the Ravens into the state title game.

As a senior, Dorminy was 7-4 with a 2.33 ERA with 72 strikeouts and 52 walks in 57 innnings. Despite helping the Ravens get back to the state tournament, he wasn't drafted in June.

Ward left USF to become hitting coach at Loyola Marymount last week. Collazo resigned abrupty in late June.  

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