Softball championship is just second in DHS history

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
The Evergreen League champion 2009 Dunsmuir High School softball team.

The Dunsmuir Lady Tigers swept the Butte Valley Bulldogs in a doubleheader last Wednesday, 17-7 and 14-8, to win only the second league softball championship in school history.

Dunsmuir finished the season with a 6-4 Evergreen League record and 6-6 overall mark. They were ranked sixth in NSCIF Division VI?playoff points at week’s end. Playoff seeding is scheduled for May 9.

“It has been an absolute pleasure working with these fine young ladies,”?coach Ray Kellar said in an e-mail. “Their dedication to hard work and improving their play on the field has been exemplary. I commend each and every one of them for sticking with the game, even though it started off roughly with lopsided losses, practice in the gym and tremendous struggle for a very inexperienced team. My hat is off to the Evergreen League Champion Softball team for 2009.  Thank you for letting me be on the ride!”

Butte Valley led Wednesday’s opener 6-5 going into the bottom of the third inning, then Dunsmuir took control by scoring seven runs in the bottom half of the inning.

Regina Rodarmel took a lead off walk and Theresa Kessler was hit by a pitch. With one out, Rose Spagnolo singled in Rodarmel and Kessler moved to third base. Taylor Fesler drove in Kessler and advanced Spagnolo to second with a base hit. Jamie Kirch drove in Spagnolo and Fesler with a single. Kirch moved to second on a ground out and to third on an error. Krystal Palmer reached on an error and Brianna Wallace was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Palmer scored on an error, and Wallace came home when Kessler was hit by a pitch, extending Dunsmuir’s lead to 12-6.

Kirch led the Tigers’ attack with one hit, 3 runs scored, 3 runs batted in and a walk.

Fesler scored 4 runs, drove in 2 and stole a pair of bases.

Jenifer Hope went 1 for 3, with 2 runs, an RBI and a walk.

Spagnolo was 1 for 2, with 2 runs, an RBI, and a pair of walks.

Palmer went the distance on the mound, recording the win.

The Lady Tigers jumped to an early 8-0 lead in game-two, scoring a run in the first, and seven runs in the second inning. The Bulldogs came back with five runs in the top of the third, but Dunsmuir answered with four runs in the bottom half, making it a 12-5 game.

Palmer drove in four runs and scored a pair, while going 2 for 2 with two doubles. She also picked up her second pitching win of the day.

Fesler was 2 for 2 with 4 runs, a walk, a double and two steals.

Hope singled, scored twice, drove in 2, walked and had a steal.

Rodarmel was singled, scored a run, drove in 2 and walked.

Palmer picked up her second win of the day.