CalHiSports names Dugan Small Schools Player of the Year

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By Ray Hamill — The accolades continue to pile up for Nick Dugan, who has been named CalHiSports Small Schools Baseball State Player of the Year.

One of five finalists for the CalHiSports Mr. Baseball State Player of the Year award, the website described Dugan as “one of the best players to ever come out of the far reaches of the CIFNCS.”

Local fans won’t be surprised at the award, not after witnessing Dugan play the way he has the past few years for both St. Bernard’s and the Humboldt Eagles.

Dugan arguably saved his best for last this spring, when he led the Crusaders to a CIF Division-3 NorCal championship after they were moved up three full divisions from the NCS.

Dugan won all three NorCal games on the mound, two over schools with enrollments in the thousands and a stunning championship win over Alpha Charter that saw the senior standout strike out all 13 batters he faced in relief.

It was a performance for the ages and one fans in attendance will talk about for years.

“With his selection Dugan becomes the first player from Behind the Redwood Curtain to win the award and the first from the CIF NCS since 2018 when Alex Williams of San Lorenzo Redwood Christian was honored,” CalHiSports’ Mark Tennis wrote in his story.

You can access the full CalHiSports story here.

The Stanford-bound Dugan finished the spring 12-0 with a 0.82 ERA and struck out 137 batters in 60 innings, while giving up just 18 hits.

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