The Fortuna softball team came into Crescent City and took it to Del Norte, sweeping a doubleheader on Friday. Del Norte lost the first game 11-1 and dropped game two 13-0 in six innings.
“As a team, we didn’t show up like we anticipated that we would,” said assistant coach Julian Markussen. “We thought we prepared and were ready to go, we just couldn’t get our bats going, and I think that would have made a difference. A good offense is a good defense.”
Even though the Warriors hadn’t played a live softball game since April 12, the Warriors were expecting a better showing on Friday.
“We may have been a little rusty, but that is no excuse,” Markussen said. “The girls have been practicing.”
The Del Norte bats were stymied all day long by the Huskies’ phenomenal freshman pitcher Hailey Dolcini.
Heading into Friday’s games, Dolcini had struck out 125 batters in 86.2 innings this year. She continued that pace, striking out 13 Warriors in the first game alone.
“For whatever reason, we just weren’t able to bat off of Dolcini,” Markussen said. “We knew after the first time that we played them that we could hit off of her. Today was a little bit different. She has put in a little work since then.”
Defensively, the Warriors were plagued by errors in both games, padding the Huskies’ lead.
Del Norte will be back in action on Wednesday at home against McKinleyville.
Del Norte split a doubleheader against the Panthers on April 12 falling 8-6 in the first game with five starters missing. In game two with four starters missing Del Norte won 5-2.
“We have to move forward,” Markussen said. “We need to just play our game. These girls can play.”