Tiger baseball team wears EL crown one year after fielding no team

Steve Gerace
One year after being unable to field a team because of a shortage of players, the Dunsmuir High School baseball team returned to the top of the Evergreen League standings with an undefeated season.

Just one year removed from being unable to field a baseball team because of a shortage of players, the Dunsmuir Tigers capped an undefeated Evergreen League season with a sweep of Butte Valley last Wednesday in Dunsmuir.

The Tigers finished 8-0 in league and are 10-3 overall as they await the May 9 seeding for the Northern Section Division VI?playoffs.

Head coach Greg Spruill said he expects, in a worst case scenario, that the Tigers would be the No. 3 seed.

“The thing I?like most about our team this year is the improvement the players have made,” Spruill said. “Most of the guys had not played baseball in years, and it really showed at the beginning of the year. But they made remarkable improvement up and down the roster. Seeing the distance they’ve come is very gratifying... We push them pretty hard, and they’ve responded well.”

Brandon Allen pitched a one-hit shutout in a 20-0 victory in game one, and Erin Kirch followed with a one-hit shutout for a 10-0 win.

Both games were shortened by the Mercy rule.

Allen had a 0.0 ERA in league games. For the season opposing hitters had a .040 batting average against him, as he posted a 5-0 record, striking out 41 and walking just 1.

At the plate, Kirch singled, walked three times, scored 4 runs and drove in 3; Allen was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI; Colton Sordahl was 3-for-4 with a double and 4 RBI; Cito DeLos Santos singled and drove in a run; Barry Norton singled and drove in 5; and LT Hisey doubled and drove in a run.

In game two, Hisey was 2-for-3 with a double, two steals and an RBI; Kirch tripled and drove in a run; Allen singled; Sordahl was 2-for-3 with an RBI; Norton was 2-for-3 with 3 RBI; and Daniel Ballard doubled.