By Ray Hamill — If they do manage to get in a season this year, there’s every reason to believe the Arcata Tigers will be the team to beat in the Big 5.
Last year’s North Coast Section Division-IV champions return the majority of their players this season, including pitcher Merek Sears.
Sears was sensational a year ago and has already signed a letter of intent to play at Washington State after graduation.
Behind him, this year’s Tigers will feature plenty of depth on the mound, and what is shaping up to be a pretty good defense.
The Tigers have yet to play any games, but head coach Troy Ghisetti liked a lot of what he saw in a pair of preseason scrimmages.
“Defensively, I thought we played very well,” Ghisetti said. “And we swung the bat okay.”
In addition to Sears, big things are expected out of senior pitcher Asher Meadows once again this year, while players like Xavier Finegan, Nick Parker and Vincent Agliolo are all expected to see plenty of time on the mound.
The latter is one of a handful of talented sophomores who played a big role on last year’s NCS championship team, along with catcher Alex Gorge, giving the Tigers a lot of experienced youth at key positions.
“We’ve got a lot of young pitchers than can throw the ball,” Ghisetti said. “We’ll be pretty good if we can get things going.”
The Tigers will have to wait at least two weeks and probably longer, with all local high school sports temporarily shut down on Sunday amid concerns over COVID-19.