The Del Norte girls softball team continued its early season dominance, dismantling Illinois Valley of Cave Junction, Ore., 13-3 on the road Wednesday.

The Warriors achieved the victory without a few key components.

Del Norte had three players who were out sick, but the rest of the team stepped up, head coach Jackie Heuberger said. Under the weather players included starting catcher Lauryn Lesina and starting third baseman Michelle Stacey.

The Warriors are 3-0 for the season, winning its first two game in doubleheader action last Saturday at Bandon, Ore.

Starting pitcher McKinnze Holden pitched five solid innings, getting five strikeout to go to 2-0 for the year. She also dominated when she hit the ball, going 2-for-3 with a single, a home run and three runs batted in.

andquot;She's my go-to player,andquot; Heuberger said. andquot;She really pulled through for me.andquot;

The catching duties were performed by freshman Ariana Spalding, who had not even played the position in practice, although she had previously caught the ball during bullpen sessions.

Heuberger commended Spalding for keeping her composure and catching a solid game. andquot;She did well,andquot; she said. andquot; I was glad she could step up.andquot;

To replace Stacey at third, pitcher Alyssa Bergquist played the position and did a good job, her coach said.

Senior Alyssa Luna, who is playing her first year of softball for Del Norte, went 2-for-3 with a single, a triple and two RBI's.

andquot;She did a nice job,andquot; Heuberger said. andquot;She hit the ball very well for us.andquot;

Heuberger said the majority of the team got at least one hit in the contest.

Today, the Warriors head to Hoopa to play two games. Heuberger said Hoopa will present quite a challenge. Last year, Hoopa beat Del Norte both times they met.

- Triplicate staff