By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
In front of an enthusiastic home crowd, the Del Norte High varsity baseball team had its bats in full swing Tuesday afternoon, defeating North Valley, Ore., 16-4.
The Warriors exploded out of the gate, scoring eight runs in the first inning, highlighted by a home run blast by junior Kyler Davis that scored three runs.
It was the first home run Davis scored not this season mind you, ever, head coach Pablo Lorenzi said.
An excited Davis could be seen proudly holding the ball after the game.
The Warriors continued to roll after the first inning, not giving the Knights much of a chance to come back. Before scoring three runs in the fourth, North Valley was down 16-1 at one point.
"We batted really well," Lorenzi said, adding the team played good defense and pitched well. "Things are starting to gel."
One outstanding play on the field occurred when Frankie Cardenas hustled to catch a ball in centerfield, preventing a potential single or double from occurring. Starting pitcher Evan O'Brien pitched three solid innings, striking out 4.
The game was stopped after five innings due to the mercy rule.
Tyler Travis, pitching in his first game of the season, threw two solid innings and struck out two batters.
Lorenzi said he also was pleased that all 18 players on the roster got to see game action.
Davis went 2-for-3 with a home run, a double, a walk and 6 RBI's.
Chad Freeman went 2-for-4 with a triple and a single. Cardenas went 2-for-4 with a single and a double.
Ross Bertolini had three singles, an RBI and two runs in a 3-for-4 batting performance.
Joey Yeoman had a two-for 4-performance with two singles, a run and an RBI.
Justin Yslas went 1-for-two with two runs, two RBI's a walk and was hit by a pitch.
On Thursday, the Warriors make the short journey to Oregon to play Brookings/Harbor. On March 14, the Bruins dismantled Del Norte, winning 13-1 in Crescent City.
Lorenzi said he believes his team is much improved and the players are looking forward to showing Brookings/ Harbor how much they have improved. He said the squad is playing more aggressive baseball and the players are making better decisions on the mound, field and when batting.
"I think we'll be ready," he said.
The game starts at 4 p.m.
Next week, the Warriors may play Hidden Valley, Ore,.
Last week, the game, which was set to be played at home, was rained out.
Lorenzi said he is still working to have the game played and hopes to find out soon if it can be played next week at home or in Oregon.
Big 5 Conference play is set to start on April 14, when the Warriors play a doubleheader away game at Eureka beginning at 11 a.m.