Slow starts doom DN

Robert Husseman, The Triplicate

Eureka takes both games of doubleheader

In the first and second innings of the Del Norte High baseball team's doubleheader against Eureka on Saturday, the Loggers outscored the Warriors 16-1.

"At the beginning (of games), it's almost like we're not awake sometimes," sophomore first baseman Aaron Fitch said. "I wish we could start off earlier."

Del Norte could not recover from its slow starts in both games, losing 6-0 in the first game and 19-4 (five innings) in the second game. The Warriors are now 0-5 overall and 0-4 in Humboldt-Del Norte league play.

"I'm pleased with the first game," Del Norte coach Jared Wells said. "I thought we played really well. The second game was really tough."

Players and spectators were treated to a bright and sunny day at Del

Norte High School, a rare respite from the rain that has curtailed

practice and game time for the Warriors. The break in the weather would

be the only break Del Norte would receive in the afternoon.

In the first game, Eureka led off the top of the first inning with

four runs, two scoring on a throwing error by Warriors starting pitcher

Jonathan Calderon. The Loggers added two more runs in the second inning

on a steal of home plate and an RBI single.

Del Norte loaded the bases with two outs in the third inning but

failed to score. Fitch walked to lead off the fourth inning and

attempted to advance on Kody Osborne's grounder to second base but was

declared out on the charge of interfering with the fielder's attempt at

the ball.

"Terrible officiating," said Wells. "You can quote me - terrible officiating."

The Warriors struggled to hit Eureka starter Eugene Palmer, who threw

a complete-game two-hitter with nine strikeouts. Calderon settled in by

the third inning, allowing just two more base hits in the game, but the

damage had long been done.

In the second game, the Loggers held a 3-1 lead after the first inning before exploding for seven runs in the second inning.

"They pretty much raked everything we pitched," Fitch said. "It makes it hard keeping up with their pitchers."

Del Norte climbed back into the game with three runs in the third

inning, punctuated by Ryan Gomes' two-run single. Eureka scored once in

the third inning, then had another offensive outburst in the fourth

inning.

The Loggers' first nine batters in the fourth inning all got on base

as Eureka tacked on eight runs. Del Norte suffered another controversial

call when Ignacio Moreno was ruled to have interfered with a Logger

baserunner during a rundown between third and home, helping to extend

the inning.

"One thing led to another, led to another," Wells said. "Their

hitters were disciplined. They hit (open) places. I feel like we hit the

ball to places occupied by fielders."

The Warriors host Fortuna on Wednesday with a chance for redemption available.

"We need to show that this was a learning experience," Fitch said. "We need to be awake in the first."

Reach Robert Husseman at rhusseman@triplicate.com .

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