By Ray Hamill — A young St. Bernard’s team exceeded expectations this season on the way to a second straight North Coast Section championship, and the Crusaders did so in large part because of influential senior Tyler Dimmick, who has been named the Little 4 MVP.
Dimmick, who was also named all-league in football, did a little bit of everything for the Crusaders this spring.
He led the team at the plate with a .380 average, 24 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .531.
“Dimmick has been special this year,” head coach Matt Tomlin said recently of the senior standout. “He’s just so consistent. He throws strikes over and over.”
Four of Dimmick’s teammates also received all-league first-team honors — seniors Tyson Meyer and Brayden Luna, sophomore Tyler Maples and freshman Michael Manzi.
In addition to winning 20 games this season, including a perfect 12-0 run through league, the Crusaders successfully defended their section championship and made a second straight trip to the NorCal state playoffs.
The Ferndale Wildcats, meanwhile, had three all-league first-team selections after finishing second in league and also making it all the way to the NorCal state playoffs.
The Cats did not have any seniors on this year’s roster and a young team should only continue to get better.
Levi Dixon, Parker Prior and Trent Titus all made the all-league team.
South Fork had two all-league selections after placing third in league, with Broc Contreras and John Harding included on the prestigious 11-player roster.
And rounding out the all-league team is Hoopa’s Darvin Davis IV.
St. Bernard’s — Jason Meyer, Isaiah Wolfe, Tyler Hinrichs
Ferndale Wildcats — Jonah Anderson, Jarret Smith
South Fork — Jonah Wansick
Hoopa — Lyle McKinnon, Brandon Romero