By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
The Del Norte High baseball team earned a crucial win at home on Wednesday against Eureka.
With the score tied at 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh, Kevin Walsworth smacked the ball for a double. Replaced by pinch runner Matt Bray, the next sequence of events went the Warriors' way.
The Eureka pitcher had two wild pitches, as Bray ran to third and then home to gain the win for Del Norte, as
excited fans cheered and clapped in unison.
The victory improved Del Norte to 3-4 in the Big 5 Conference and 9-9 for the year, helping the squad stay in the thick of the conference race.
When the two teams met last month in doubleheader action, Eureka won both games.
A controversial call occurred at the end of the first game, when what was first called an out that would have ended the game with a Warriors win was overturned by the head umpire. Eventually, Eureka won the game in extra innings.
Head Coach Pablo Lorenzi said he was pleased with how the team kept its composure and consistency and made crucial plays when needed.
With the Big 5 teams fairly evenly matched, Lorenzi said playing sound, fundamental baseball, with an emphasis on the basics, such as good baserunning, can make all the difference between a win and a loss.
To Lorenzi, the win usually goes to "the team that can come through in the clutch and we did that today," he said. "It's a big win. We showed up ready to play and we didn't get rattled. I think the kids are opening their eyes to how the game is played."
Justin Yslas went 2-for-3 in the game, smacking a home run in the fourth and getting a single.
Walsworth went 1-for-4 with a double and a run.
Joey Yeoman went 1-for-4 with a single and Frankie Cardenas was 1-for-2 with a single,
The Warriors next play on Saturday in an afternoon doubleheader at home against Arcata.
The first game was recently moved from 11 a,m to 1 p.m, so membrs of both team can take the SAT.