One year ago, Justin Hirschberg was the ace of the Palisades High baseball team’s pitching staff. Now, he is a freshman at Occidental College in Eagle Rock and the crafty left-hander made his season debut Feb. 19, striking out four batters and allowing three hits in four innings in the Tigers’ 6-5 triumph over Bates College. He has pitched 5.1 innings in two appearances with a 3.38 earned run average and six strikeouts.
Last spring, Hirschberg made the Western League first-team for the second time, earned All-City second team honors and retired all three batters he faced (with one strikeout) in the City vs. Southern Section All-Star Classic in Lake Balboa. He verbally committed to Occidental in October 2016.