Warriors reach consolation championship, fall 3-1 to Grindley
The Del Norte baseball team rebounded from an opening round loss with two straight wins on Thursday, but the Warriors fell 3-1 to Gridley in the consolation championship in Redding on Friday.
“We just couldn’t get anything going. I think the kids were trying too hard and they were tired. It just didn’t work out for us,” said Del Norte head coach Travis Johnson after the final game. “The effort was there, we just couldn’t do it.”
Calderon picked up the loss for Del Norte. He pitched a complete game, allowing three runs, one earned on four hits, a walk and five strikeouts.
“Johnny threw really well today too, we just couldn’t get any hits to support him,” Johnson said. “It’s like we used them all up (Thursday).”
The Warriors defense, generally a strong-point for the team, committed four errors against Gridley, allowing two unearned runs.
“I don’t think we were mentally there today,” Johnson said. “Being out in the heat for so many days, I think we were just drained.”
On Thursday, Del Norte was humming. Del Norte topped Union Prep 16-1 behind perfect 4-for-4 hitting performances from Nathan Porter and Jonathan Calderon. Josiah Johnson was also perfect, going 3-for-3. Johnson and Porter both scored three runs apiece. Porter also knocked in 4 RBIs and Calderon added 5.
In the second game of the day, Del Norte beat Anderson 7-2. The Warriors recorded 13 hits in the game, including a 2-for-2 game from Porter, 2-for-3 from Steven Maready and 3-for-4 from Dylan Pease.
Cody Nelson was 2-for-4 in both games on Thursday.
“They played great yesterday,” Johnson said. “They were hitting the ball all over the field and my pitchers did great. They struck out a lot of hitters.”
Chris Bray got the start against Union Prep, pitching all six innings. He allowed one run on four hits, issued one walk and struck out three hitters.
Against Anderson, Austin Healy got the start. He went 6 1/3 innings, allowing just two hits, two runs and seven walks, striking out six hitters.
Del Norte will be back in action on Monday, playing Hoopa at 7 p.m. in Arcata in the first round of the Arcata Tournament that was postponed in March.