By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
Nearly a month after being soundly defeated 13-1 at home to Brookings-Harbor, the Del Norte High varsity baseball team returned the favor on Thursday, winning 3-2 in Brookings.
"I feel great about the win," head coach Pablo Lorenzi said. "Although we didn't play our best game, we hung tough."
Lorenzi added that he hopes the team will see the importance of playing tough all seven innings and that the squad has the ability to pull out the close win.
Pitcher Kevin Walsworth pitched a complete game with five strikeouts and was able to contain the Bruin's bats the majority of the day.
To him, it was a big victory for the team.
"It feels good considering we lost to them 13-1 (last month)," Walsworth said. "It shows that we're improving."
The game was tight and competitive throughout. The first three innings, while both teams were able to get on base, neither squad could score any runs until a crucial single by Andy Evanow that brought in Frankie Cardenas for the score in the top of the fourth inning.
Evanow received warm cheers such as "good job Andy," from the contingent of Del Norte fans in the stands. He went 2-for-2 in the game and was hit by a pitch.
The next play, a wild pitch brought in Tyler Travis to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead.
The Bruins quickly put two runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game up.
In the fifth inning, Walsworth was able to score from third on a wild pitch to give the Warriors a 3-2 lead.
The rest of the way, good pitching by Walsworth and hustling plays in the outfield to catch deep fly balls and to throw out runners proved to be key, as the Warriors were able to keep the Bruins bats neutralized the rest of the way.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Walsworth quickly got two pop outs. After a Bruin got on base, a groundout ended the game and ensured the Del Norte win.
With league play starting next Saturday in a doubleheader at Eureka, a winning mindset is critical, Lorenzi said, adding he believes his squad is playing well and has a positive, focused team mentality.
The victory improved the Warriors record to 6-5, while the loss dropped the Bruins to 6-3 for the year.
Lorenzi said he plans a number of practices next week to prepare for Eureka on April 14.