By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
The season ended for the Del Norte Grizzlies American Legion team Saturday, as the squad lost to the Eureka Falcons 6-2 at the District Tournament in Fortuna.
andquot;They battled hard, but we couldn't string hits to get runs,andquot; head coach Eric Enos said.
The Grizzlies were able to keep up with the Falcons until the fourth with the score at 0-0, Eureka scored four runs. Three of the runs were due to fielding errors, Enos said.
The Grizzlies were unable to mount a comeback and were down 6-0 in the ninth. But Del Norte was able to get two runs on the board in the final inning, which was started by Garrett Standring, who laced a triple. Then Kevin Walsworth hit a home run to make it 6-2.
Enos complimented starting pitcher Zack Hegelmeyer and Michael Young, who came in relief and gave up one hit in a little more than three innings of work. Both played for the Del Norte High junior varsity squad this spring and the Del Norte Babe Ruth All-Star team this summer.
Enos commended his team for playing tough all year despite several ups and downs. A key problem was a lack of pitching, with only two pitchers who had substantial pitching experience.
On Thursday, the Grizzlies lost 5-2 to Eureka, but won its game on Friday against Southern Humboldt 6-4. Del Norte ended the year at 13-17.
In the championship game Saturday afternoon, Eureka fell 3-2 to Northern Humboldt.