Tigers are No. 1 seed, host semifinal Friday

Steve Gerace
Erin Kirch, who led the Tigers in hitting at .552 and was the team’s number-two pitcher, earned honors this spring as the Evergreen League baseball co-MVP and Siskiyou County’s high school male athlete of the year.

The Dunsmuir High School baseball team didn’t play as often as usual this spring, but a 10-3 overall record and Evergreen League championship was enough to earn them the No. 1 seed in the Northern Section Division 6 playoffs.

Led by co-EL?most valuable players Brandon Allen and Erin Kirch, the Tigers will follow a first round bye with a home semifinal game Friday at 4 p.m. at Dunsmuir City Park. They’ll open against either No. 4 Greenville or No. 5 Big Valley, neither of which has a winning record this season.

Friday’s winner will play for the title next Tuesday, May 19, at the home of the higher seed. Either No. 2 Princeton (14-8-1) or No. 3 Redding Christian (14-11) will make it to the championship game. Both have first round byes.

“I think if we play the way we should play, we have a really good chance,” said Dunsmuir head coach Greg Spruill. “We have as good a chance as anybody.”

The Tigers started slowly this season, but improved and “came together well,”?Spruill said.

“To a man all the kids have showed remarkable improvement,”?he said.

Though they missed last season because of a player shortage, the Tigers do have some postseason experience. Allen and Kirch were sophomores on the Tiger team that lost in the playoffs at Princeton two years ago. LT Hisey was a freshman on that team but was unable to play against Princeton because of an illness.

This season, Allen and Kirch dominated the league as both pitchers and hitters.

They were joined on the All-Evergreen League team by teammates LT Hisey, Colton Sordahl and Jake Mekeel. Barry Norton and Daniel Ballard were both honorable mention picks.

Of a possible championship game matchup, Spruill said Princeton and Redding Christian “both have outstanding teams and very good pitching. So do we. If we get there, it’s going to be decided by which team can hit and field and which team makes the fewest mistakes.

Senior Brandon Allen was the Evergreen League co-most valuable player this spring after yielding no earned runs during the league season.