The Del Norte baseball team got a little bit wet in their rain-soaked doubleheader on Thursday in Eureka, but the Warriors were able to split with the Loggers, winning the first game 9-5 before falling 10-4 in game two.
Del Norte got off to a strong start in both games. In the first game, Del Norte jumped ahead 1-0 in the first inning after starting the game off with three straight hits. The Warriors added five insurance runs in the fourth inning to grab a commanding lead.
The Warriors stretched the lead to 9-0 with three more runs in the sixth inning before Eureka finally got on the board.
“In the first game, the kids came right out of the gate,” said Del Norte head coach Travis Johnson. “We were able to shut them down. Eureka didn’t even score until the end of the game. The kids came to play. They played a great defensive game, hit the ball well and pitched well.”
Junior Steven Maready pitched a complete game, allowing six hits and five runs, two earned, in seven innings. He also struck out four batters and walked one.
Offensively, Austin Healy went 4-for-2 with a run scored and two RBI. Maready helped himself, going 4-for-2 with a run scored and three RBI.
In the second game, Del Norte once again got out to a strong start. The Warriors scored a run in the second and third inning each, and added two more in the top of the fourth to take a 4-0 lead.
Up to that point, the Loggers were held hitless by Healy, who pitched a complete game. Eureka was able to get a run back in the bottom of the fourth inning and went wild with a nine-run fifth inning to take a commanding lead late.
“We had a bad inning,” Johnson said. “Everything just fell apart, and we kind of lost it after that. We only had two more innings to go and we just couldn’t get it.”
The doubleheader completes a stretch of four games in three days for Del Norte.
“Winning three out of four games was huge,” Johnson said. “It keeps us right in position for the league title. It is going to come right down to next week.”
Del Norte is now 14-5 overall and 6-3 in the Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5.