By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
CRESCENT CITY The Del Norte High varsity baseball team shot out of the gate against Ferndale in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday.
The Warriors scored four runs in the first inning on the way to a 11-2 win.
In game two, the Wildcats scored two runs in the first two innings before Del Norte mounted a comeback and knotted the game at two each in the sixth inning.
In extra innings it was a pitchers battle as neither team could score. The game was called at the end of the 10th inning due to darkness.
Head coach Pablo Lorenzi commended his squad for its excellent performance in the first gamethe first match of the year at home. "I thought we were focused and enthusiastic," he said, adding his team showed up to play, which was reflected on the scoreboard.
After their first inning domination, the Warriors scored three runs in the third and four runs in the fourth.
Senior Evan O'Brien pitched four strong innings, with three strikeouts, no walks and only one hit. Senior Joey Yeoman went 2-for-5 in game one, with two stolen bases and one RBI. Tyler Travis went 1-for-2 with a walk and two RBIs.
Sophomore Nate Bruder went 2-for-4 with a double, while senior Chad Freeman went 2-for-4 with two singles.
In the second game, Del Norte found itself down 2-0 after two innings and could not seem to get going, unable to move runners or contain the Wildcats as well as it had earlier in the afternoon.
"We came out too lethargic," Lorenzi said "We had plenty of chances to score in the game and we didn't produce."
He added a key this season is for his squad to learn to play with high energy for the entire two games during doubleheader days and "always be ready to play."
After being unable to get in a run, Del Norte finally got on the board in the fourth inning when senior Michael Stoup scored a run from third on a sacrifice fly by Bruder.
In the top of the sixth inning things got interesting when Logan Lesina of Del Norte walked the first three Ferndale batters, but was able to settle down to get out of the inning with no runs scored.
In the bottom of the sixth, junior Michael Young was hit by a pitch, which scored a run from third to knot the game up at 2 apiece.
In the previous play, Bruder was called out at home plate, which got a hearty round of vocal displeasure by many in the crowd who believed him to be safe.
In the seventh inning, neither team could score any runs and the contest went into extra innings.
For the Warriors, senior Kyler Davis pitched three very strong innings, including striking out the first three batters he faced during one of the extra innings.
The Wildcats were unable to score on him, although Del Norte could not produce any runs either, despite getting some hits. Eventually, it became dark and the game was called as a tie.
Davis went 1-for-3 with two walks, while Bruder went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
The Warriors are 2-2-1 for the year and next play at a tournament in Yreka starting on Friday.