Eagle River High baseball loaded with returners


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Eagle River shortstop Chris Parker throws to first base during a conference game against Dimond on May 3 at Mulcahy Stadium. The Lynx won the game 11-5.

MIKE NESPER

The camaraderie shared between this year’s Eagle River High baseball team is unlike anything head coach Gregg Frost has seen.

“This is the tightest group of kids I’ve ever coached,” he said. “There is not one divisive issue.”

The Wolves’ support for their fellow teammates is unparalleled, Frost said.

“They just flat have each others backs,” he said. “It’s just amazing to watch.”

Eagle River only graduated one senior, Zach Weller, from its 2011 team. A majority of the team is made up of returning sophomores and juniors that have played together for several years, Frost said.

Everyone with varsity experience is key, he said.

The Wolves have also benefited from an influx of young blood, Frost said.

“We have a good group of freshmen that came in this year that are just phenomenal,” he said.

R.J. Dirscherl proved that against East. The freshman racked up 4 RBIs and hit a home run to help Eagle River beat the T-Birds 11-10 and improve to 2-1 on May 5 at Mulcahy Stadium.

Dirscherl’s three-run homer helped put Eagle River up by five after one inning. East chipped away at the lead and scored four runs in the top of the sixth to tie the game at 10.

Then, Dirscherl came up huge again.

In the bottom of the sixth with two on, his bunt single scored Colby LeBlanc for the game-winning run.

Dimond defeated Eagle River 11-5 on May 3 at Mulcahy. Kyle Frost went 4-for-4 to lead the Wolves.

Senior Ricky Ayala went 2-for-2 and scored four runs, including an inside the park home run, to lead the Wolves past West 10-0 on Tuesday, May 8 at Kosinski No. 4. Eagle River improved to 3-1.

The Wolves play Service on Friday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m., Chugiak on Saturday, May 12 at 7 p.m. and South on Monday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. All games are at Mulcahy Stadium.

Coach Frost said Eagle River has a strong bench to complement its starting nine.

“Anybody that we lose, we’ve got somebody to plug in for them,” he said.

After finishing above .500 last season, Eagle River now has the confidence to improve on that record, coach Frost said.

“These kids know what they can do now,” he said. “They’re playing with a lot of confidence, and they’re working extremely hard.”

 

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or mike.nesper@alaskastar.com

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