If they were Bears you’d say, well, they’ve been hibernating because of the lousy weather. But they’re young Tigers, and they’ve just been feeling caged and antsy.

Back on the diamond last week, Dunsmuir High School’s baseball team swept a doubleheader at Redding Christian, 6-4 and 16-2, improving their record to 4-2.

That’s right, it’s getting close to the end of April and they’ve only played six games. With no Evergreen League to be part of this spring, the Tigers originally had 15 games on their regular season schedule. Now they’re hoping to play 10.

Not the kind of season first year head coach Rich Belzer had in mind, but he said the Tigers can still qualify for the postseason if they finish strong in a pair of doubleheaders against Happy Camp – this Friday at Happy Camp and the following Friday in Dunsmuir.

Belzer, a Tiger during the mid-1990s glory years under Greg Spruill, the coach he replaced this season, said this year’s team is mostly young, but they’re “a bunch of guys who want to complete.”

Senior Blake Hisey pitched a complete game in the Tigers’ 6-4 win in the opener at Redding Christian, and he was supported by “excellent team defense,” Belzer said, praising Mason Mekeel among others.

Hisey was 2 for 3 at the plate with a double, home run and two runs batted in; Cody Buckley was 1 for 1 with two walks; Kalii Correa was 1 for 2 with a double and a walk; and Cody Rooney was 1 for 2 with a walk and 2 stolen bases.

Rooney, a sophomore, pitched a complete game in the nightcap.

At the plate, Justin DeClusin was 2 for 3 with a walk and scored 3 runs, Colton Sordahl was 2 for 4 with 3 runs scored, Hisey was 3 for 3 with 3 RBI, and Mason Mekeel was 1 for 2 and scored 3 runs.

Belzer said Zach Bartoo “played great defense” at third base and scored a run.

The new coach described this year’s team as “very young,”?noting that “fifty percent of our starters are playing for the first time.”

One returning starter from last year, Jake Mekeel, isn’t playing at all because of an injury he suffered at a track and field meet.