Del Norte falls 15-1 to Arcata
The Del Norte baseball team had a rough start to Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 league play on Wednesday. The Warriors hosted Arcata at Three Amigos Field and the Tigers jumped on top early and never looked back with a 15-1 victory over Del Norte in a mercy-rule shortened five inning game.
Arcata struck fast for four runs in the top of the first inning. After Del Norte got one run back in the bottom half of the inning the Tigers ripped off three straight three run innings to grow their lead to 13-1.
“We had no intensity,” said Del Norte head coach Travis Johnson. “You can’t come out flat for a game against a good team.”
Johnson said that Del Norte has had some troubles here and there with playing with energy throughout nonconference play, but Wednesday’s game reached new levels.
“I have seen that before this year for parts of a game, but never for a whole game,” Johnson said. “I was proud of my underclassmen. My freshmen and some of my sophomores played a heck of a game and tried hard. We just need to all come together and play that way.”
With the loss, Del Norte drops to 3-7 overall and 0-1 in the H-DN Big 5. The Warriors will try to turn things around on Friday when they travel to Arcata for a rematch. Del Norte will play a doubleheader against the Tigers starting at 3 p.m.
Before the Warriors make the trip, however, Johnson said they need to make sure they are mentally ready to go.
“We need to correct our intensity level and our willingness to practice hard and play hard,” Johnson said. “We need to get back to that because right now we are flat.”
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