Kirk Sipila enters his sixth season as one of the most relied upon ball players for the Dallas Spirits Baseball Club. A back-to-back team MVP (2014, 2015), Sipila can literally play in any position and can be expected to score or generate runs at any time. He brings a natural leadership to his teams and the club as a whole. Kirk continues with his leadership role heading into 2018 as the Spirits (40+) Team Manager alongside his role as a top player on the Spirits (35+) squad.
Kirk was a 3 year Varsity starter at Oliver Wendall Holmes High School in San Antonio, TX before transitioning to the college level. He left OWH with a number of achievements including, 1987 All District Second Team and All City Honorable Mention (1B), as well as 1988, 1989 All District and All City Honors. Sipila attended Ranger College in 1990 where he batted .358, with 7 HR, 29 R, 32 RBI, and 31 SB. He continued with receiving honors which included North Texas JC All Conference (CF) and North Texas JC Freshman of the Year awards. His 1991 stats included a batting average of .349, 11 HR, 31R, 47 RBI, and 27 SB while reaching North Texas JC All Conference and Midwest JC All Region Tournament Team honors. From 1992-1993, Kirk played with the Nuevo Laredo Tecolotes in the Mexican Independent League.
Kirk was voted “Big Spirit” by his fellow teammates on the Spirits (45+) team in 2017. The Big Spirit award represents a player who goes above and beyond the call both on and off the field, and Sipila is always in the running for this particular title on any team he plays for. Sipila was the Spirits (35+) squad back-to-back batting champ (2014, 2015) finishing 2014 at .647 and 2015 at .417 and showed consistency in his hitting finishing the Spirits (45+) season at .415 in 2017. Additionally in 2017, Sipila tied for the team lead in extra base hits with 5, led the team with 19 runs scored, and also led the team with 17 RBI. Kirk was tied for second with 22 hits, third in bases on balls, and he struck out only once in 2017.
In 2018, Kirk put the club on notice. He was once again voted to both the Spirits (35+) and (45+) All-Star teams and he went on to capture the batting title and MVP title on both squads. Kirk’s play was simply, lights-out. On the (45+) squad, he finished with a team-leading .608 average while leading the team with 31 hits. He finished second in runs scored at 22 and third in runs batted in, with 18. His patience at the plate is second to no one and on top of his numbers, he finished third on the team with 11 walks. For the Spirits (35+) squad, Sip finished with a .462 average, leading his teammates with 24 hits, a team-leading 10 free passes to first and a team-leading 16 runs batted in. Kirk finished second in runs scored, with 16.
Sipila can be expected to lead his team in several categories and has the constant attention of any opponent. He’s a solid defender at any position and is also relied upon for his submarine style of pitching whether it be a complete-game starter or closer in tight situations.
Sipila also served our country as a United States Air Force Active Duty and Veteran (1993-2000) and the Spirits are extremely proud of his time served. He is married to his beautiful wife and soulmate, Michelle, and the couple and their 4 children (sons, Joshua and Noah; daughters, Olivia and Sofia) in Prosper, TX.
Nickname: “Sip,” “Count Sipila,” “Kirk,” “Sucio”