The Del Norte Grizzlies made quite the statement in the team’s first game of the American Legion District 1 baseball tournament on Wednesday.
The Grizzlies laid down a 27-1 beat down in seven innings against Northern Humboldt at the Giants home field at McKinleyville High School.
“It took us a couple of innings to get going,” head coach Eric Enos said. “Once we got going we didn’t stop.”
The Grizzlies and Giants went scoreless after two innings.
In the third inning Del Norte scored two runs thanks to a home run by Cody Hoffman.
|The team won three straight games at the district tournament in Fortuna which began last weekend and made it all the way to the semifinals. Front Row: Devon Earheart, Matthew Coopman, Zack Horner, Kyle Cleveland; Middle Row: Cameron Jones, Jacob Johnson, Steven Maredy, Austin Healy, Jonnie Calderon; Back Row: Coach Jon Horner, Kenny Carson, Manager Mike Horner, Jared McCasland, Coach John Maredy.
Members of the Del Norte Little League baseball all–star team pose for a photo on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Mitch Jones
Start District 1 tourney
So, the season has come to this.
Kevin Walsworth, left, of the Del Norte Grizzlies American Legion baseball team is congratulated by his teammates during a home game against Eureka on June 27. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
After compiling an impressive 18-6 record the Del Norte Grizzlies American Legion baseball team is seeking the squad’s first ever District 1 title beginning July 9.
If the Grizzlies win the district title they will go on to a regional tournament next week. If not, the season is finished.
Del Norte, the No. 2 seed, faces Northern Humboldt at the Giants home field at McKinlyville High School at 5 p.m. The Grizzlies have defeated the Giants in all four meetings this season. Also in the field are the top seeded Eureka Falcons and the Southern Humboldt Sixers.
Eureka and Del Norte are 3-3 against each other this year. The Falcons earned the top seed by downing the Grizzlies three times in league play. Two of the wins for Del Norte were at a tournament and did not count toward league play.
After losing their first game at the district tournament the Del Norte Little League 11–12-year-old baseball all-star team won three straight games and made it all the way to the semifinals.
On Wednesday, Del Norte fell one game short of making it to the championship match, falling to the Redwood Empire team out of Eureka 7-5 in Fortuna. The tournament began on Saturday.
Del Norte head coach John Horner gave his team kudos for bouncing back from a loss in the first game and making it all the way to the semifinals of the double elimination tournament. He commended his squad for their dedication and the sportsmanship they displayed throughout the event.
“It was a valiant effort,” he said about his team’s performance on Wednesday.
|Tennis professional Tim Howell, far right front, from Eureka, conducted tennis workshops, including drills and doubles strategy, to local tennis players at the indoor tennis court located at the Del Norte County Fairground recently. This included a men’s doubles clinic, a women’s doubles clinic and a two-hour clinic for the Del Norte High School boys and girls tennis teams.
The Del Norte Grizzlies American Legion baseball team won three of five games at a tournament in Spokane, Wash., Thursday through Saturday.
Competing in the 24-team Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Wooden Bat Classic, the Grizzlies lost their Thursday opener 7-2 to the British Columbia Trail Jays.
Del Norte came back to win its second game Thursday 8-0 over Graham Kapowsin of Tacoma, Wash.
On Friday, the Grizzlies’ Logan Lesina pitched “an awesome game,” said his coach, Eric Enos. Lesina’s 3-hit complete game resulted in a 3-1 victory over Chugiak, Alaska, the defending Alaska state champion.
After a three-hour break, the Grizzlies suffered several defensive lapses and lost to the Spokane Bandits, 9-1. Only one of the Spokane runs was earned, Enos said.
On Saturday, Del Norte defeated the Idaho Falls Russets behind the strong hitting of Kyle Van Dyke and the complete-game pitching of Joey Yeoman.
The Grizzlies, 18-6 on the season, will play in the four-team American Legion District 1 tournament later this week.
|The Del Norte Little League Junior All-Stars won District 26 Junior All-Star Tournament at the Del Norte High School softball field Sunday.
Members of the Del Norte Little League Junior All-Stars include, back row from left, Coach Tom Moore and Manager Rick White; middle row from left, Amber Babbitt, Chandler Davis, Zena Welch, Brittany Maready, Cloyne Welch, Falyn Bruhy and Heather Duffy; and front row from left, Sacha Broom, Alacia Natt, Brooke King, Camryn Ridgley and Samantha Bausch. Photo courtesy of Brooke Davis
The local team of 13- and 14-year-olds defeated Redwood Empire in the championship game of the two-day tournament, 11-0.
Camryn Ridgley pitched well in the final game, striking out nine batters.
Amber Babbitt led off with a single in the 5th inning that started a 6-run rally. Samantha Bausch hit a double that brought in 2 runs. Chandler Davis went 4 for 4, scoring 3 runs in the decisive victory.
The girls now move on to Section play in Chico on July 18.
|The Del Norte Grizzlies had a tough weekend against a familiar opponent, splitting a home double-header Saturday and dropping both games Sunday at Eureka.
The Grizzlies’ Travis Stacey takes a throw as a Eureka runner tries to get back to first base on Saturday in Crescent City. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Saturday’s games both went extra innings, with Eureka winning the opener 5-3 in 9 innings, and Del Norte taking the second game 2-1 in 8 innings.
On Sunday, Eureka won 10-0 and 6-2.
Grizzlies pitcher Nickey O’Reilley delivers a pitch during the first game Saturday in Crescent City. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
The Grizzlies are now 15-4 for the season, and they won three of six against Eureka. Today the Del Norte American Legion team departs for Spokane, Wash., where it will compete in a 24-team wooden bat tournament starting Thursday.
“We’re looking forward to getting out of town and playing somebody other than Eureka,” Coach Eric Enos said Monday, adding the Grizzlies “didn’t play inspired baseball” over the weekend.
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|Facing strong pitching from the Brookings-Harbor Bruins, the Del Norte Grizzlies American Legion baseball team (13-1) managed to win 5-4 Wednesday night at Del Norte High School baseball field.
Kyler Davis leads off first base. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Manager Eric Enos commended Kevin Walsworth, Logan Lesina and Travis Stacey for their hitting and Kyle Van Dyke and Walsworth for their pitching. The team next plays a doubleheader Saturday against Eureka.
Kyle Van Dyke fields a bunt. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
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