By Bill Choy

Triplicate Sports Editor

The Del Norte High softball team came off a huge Wednesday victory over Eureka with a split against Arcata on Friday in Crescent City.

The first game certainly was one the Warriors would like to have back.

Up with a comfortable lead in the fifth inning, a number of fielding errors contributed to the Tigers being able to mount a comeback and win the contest 7-6.

During the second game, the girls seemed to compose themselves and came out focused and sharp on the way to a 9-2 win.

For the year, the Warriors have a stupendous 17-3 mark overall and are 7-2 in the Big 5 Conference.

Head coach Jackie Heuberger said that in the first game, the team did not play with enough passion and joy, and let mental mistakes hurt them.

She said it got to the point where the fielding errors were coming in waves, as Arcata came back.

For the game, Del Norte made eight errors.

Could the Warriors regroup and dominate like they have done for most of the year?

Before the start of the second game, members of the team met in the field and discussed what they needed to do in the second contest.

Heuberger said she was pleased andquot;they took it upon themselvesandquot; to work together and play well.

andquot;They came back and played a better game,andquot; she said.

Throughout the game, Del Norte did not let up, playing solid in the outfield, hitting the ball and not making many mental errors. Up 4-2 heading into the sixth, Del Norte went out a hitting spree, slamming in five runs.

The home crowd cheered the squad on as the Warriors seemed to hit the ball at will.

andquot;That's the offense we're looking for,andquot; a fan shouted in the middle of the inning.

Alyssa Bergquist got the win in the second contest, pitching a solid game and earning six strikeouts.

She also went 1-for-1 with two runs, an RBI and two sacrifice hits. In the first contest, she went 2-for-4 with two runs.

Jennifer Gustafson went 2- for-4 with a run in the first game.

Alyssa Luna went 2-for-3 with an RBI

and a double in the second game.

Michelle Stacey went 2-for-4 with a run in the first game. In the second contest, she went 1-for-4 with a double, a run and two RBI's.

The team next plays in doubleheader action a week from today in Fortuna.