By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
The Del Norte High varsity baseball squad won its third game in a row after losing the first four of the year, soundly defeating Rogue River, Ore., 10-4 at home Thursday afternoon.
Head coach Pablo Lorenzi was pleased with the victory and the strong performance of the team through most of the game.
But in the top of the sixth, up 10-1, several fielding errors let the Chiefs score three runs to reduce the lead to 10-4.
He said the club needs to understand the importance of playing focused through the entire game even with a big lead because in baseball, a comeback can occur fairly quickly.
"We did well at the beginning, but than we lost focus," Lorenzi said. "We need to sustain our intensity through seven innings.
The top of the first inning, Del Norte keep Rogue River scoreless. When it was the Warriors turn to bat, they made the most of it.
With two outs and a player on-base, Kevin Walsworth smacked a double to bring home Justin Yslas.
A few batters later, Kyler Davis made great contact with the ball, smacking it deep into the outfield, getting a double and scoring in two runs. By the end of the first, the Warriors had a 5-0 lead.
Del Norte continued to play well, with pitcher Evan O'Brien not giving the Chiefs much to work with, with the only run through five innings occurring in the second inning for Rogue River.
O'Brien struck out four in the win and went 2-for-4 with two singles.
"We kept them off balance," Lorenzi said about his team's pitching.
Replacing O'Brien in the sixth, Yslas earned three strikeouts and preserved the win.
Walsworth had a strong game, going 3-for-4 with a double, two singles, a RBI and a run.
Lorenzi commended his team for a number of nifty plays on defense. This included a well timed, lunging grab by Chad Freeman for an out.
Overall, Lorenzi said he was pleased with how the team is shaping up and improving.
"We're getting there," he said. "We're getting on the right track."
There's not much time for the Warriors to rest on their laurels.
Today, there's a doubleheader at home starting at 1 p.m. against Grants Pass, Ore.
The game was originally at 2 p.m., but was changed on Thursday because of a request from Grants Pass
The game was scheduled for Wednesday, but was rained out.
Lorenzi said Grants Pass is a well coached, disciplined team and his squad has to play well the entire seven innings of each game or risk the chance of losing.
Del Norte JV 13, Rogue River JV 0 : The Warriors junior varsity squad improve to 3-4 for the year, blanking out Rogue River, Ore., 13-0 at Peterson Park in Crescent City Thursday afternoon.
Starting pitcher Zack Hegelmeyer pitched four shutout innings.
Michael Young blasted a three-run homer and Kyle Van Dyke pitched two shutout innings in relief to preserve the scoreless game.