Athlete of the Week: Nick Dugan

EUREKA, CA (KIEM) – Nick Dugan just finished his freshman year with St. Bernard’s Baseball, and now he’s back on the mound pitching summer ball for the Humboldt Eagles. He had 17 strikeouts on Sunday in a win at Mendocino.

Nick Dugan is a 15-year-old high school student who just loves the game of baseball. Sunday, he dominated the Mendo Dirtbags. He struck out 17 batters and only three hitters reached base.

“I hit someone in the third batter I faced in the changeup that I was trying out. I walked one kid, and then one kid got a hit,” said Nick Dugan Athlete of the Week.   

This wasn’t the first time Dugan has reached double digits in strikeouts. The right-hander had 19 k’s in little league.

“It’s the same thing. Just striking people out and getting outs. I had a couple quick outs there too. And I was like 79 pitches going into like the 7th inning or 69 pitches. I was doing pretty good,” said Dugan.

The Eagles’ coaching staff is not surprised with Dugan’s performance.

“I foresee him progressing even farther. I mean he’s not done growing. He’s a relatively good size kid at 15 right now. I think he’s going to get bigger and stronger,” said Dan Joyner the Humboldt Eagles Head Coach.

Like most ballplayers, Dugan started playing the sport at a young age. His father inspired him to take to the mound. His goal is to pitch faster than his dad did in high school.

“Its just fun. Just being able to blow people away,” said Dugan.

Dugan shows lots of promise in his future baseball career. He throws in the mid-’80s at 15 years old.

“I’m pretty sure he wants to be a Division 1 Pitcher, and he’s moving himself in that direction. Unless something tragic happened, I don’t see anything stopping the kid because his mind is set,” said Joyner.

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