By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
Mere scores don't tell the whole story of the Del Norte High varsity baseball team's first three games of the season.
Although the Warriors lost all three games at the Red Bluff tournament, coach Pablo Lorenzi was pleased with the effort and potential he saw from the team, which gives him hope a good season is potentially in the cards.
The Warriors lost 5-2 Friday evening to host Red Bluff. Del Norte had a 2-1 lead heading into the sixth inning, but the squad gave up four runs in that inning. On Saturday, Del Norte lost 12-6 to Foothill, then could not pull out the victory and lost to Shasta 10-9.
Being behind on outdoor practices and actual games compared to the teams they faced did not help matters.
Del Norte has had very little practice time outdoors due to consistent wet and rainy weather the past several weeks, which Lorenzi said put the squad behind. Every team they faced in Red Bluff had already played this season and got in several more outdoor practices.
"For me, it was a positive because I got to see the kids play and see where we're at," Lorenzi said.
He added he was proud of the effort made and the solid defense the squad demonstrated.
There are still a number of things, mainly with consistency, the team still needs work at, such as baseruning errors, Lorenzi said.
While it would had been nice to have come away with a win or two, Lorenzi believes his team can do well this year.
"I'm optimistic about it," he said. "I saw a lot of good things," adding it will all come down to his teams desire to work hard and harness its ability to win games.
The Warriors play their first home game of the season Wednesday against Brookings at 4:30 p.m.