By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
It wasn't the way the Del Norte High baseball team wanted to start the Big 5 Conference season, losing both games on Saturday to Eureka.
The first game ended in great controversy. So much so, Warriors coach Pablo Lorenzi has written a letter to the Big 5 commissioner requesting a call be overturned and Del Norte awarded the victory he believes was unfairly taken away by a poor officiating decision.
With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning and Del Norte leading 4-3 and runners from Eureka on first and third, a Logger player grounded to third baseman Ross Bertolini. Bertolini threw the ball to first baseman Kyler Davis for what appeared to be the final out. The field umpire called the play an out to end the game. Or so it seemed.
The head umpire made a decision a moment later that the runner was safe, saying Davis had pulled his foot off the bag. Because of this, the Eureka runner on third, who was heading for home, was allowed to score and the game was now tied. The contest went into the eighth, where Eureka was able to score the winning run to gain the victory 5-4.
Lorenzi said he strongly disagreed with the call and said it took away from what, to that point, had been a competitive, hard fought game by both teams.
"It was totally bogus," he said about the call. "We should have won that game." He added it was unfortunate for him, the game was put in the hands of the officials and not the players on the field.
Lorenzi said he hopes to hear by the end of this week if the call will be overturned and the victory given to the Warriors.
Lorenzi commended starting pitcher Evan O'Brien, who pitched a complete game.
"He played a good game," Lorenzi said. "He should have gotten the win."
It was obvious the emotions of the first game were still on the minds of the players during the second game, Lorenzi said.
While pitcher Kevin Walsworth pitched a good game, overall, Lorenzi said the team could not give him run support, as the Warriors lost the contest 4-2.
The losses dropped Del Norte to 5-7 for the year.
The Warriors play next on Wednesday afternoon on the road at Arcata.