Warriors fall to Brookings 3-2, bounce back for 19-0 win over Illinois Valley

The Del Norte softball team started the week with a pair of road games. The Warriors headed to Brookings-Harbor for a close 3-2 loss in extra innings on Monday. The girls bounced back for a dominant 19-0 victory over Illinois Valley in Cave Junction Tuesday.

Although the Warriors couldn't pull out the victory on Monday, head coach Tom Moore was proud of how they competed against the Bruins.

"They have kicked our tail the last two seasons," Moore said. "They beat us two times at home last year. So to go up there and compete was basically all I was hoping to do. They have a good team up there and they are disciplined."

Moore thought the Warriors played a solid all-around game against Brookings-Harbor. The Bruins were just a little bit better when it counted.

"Their pitcher was pretty doggone good and our hitters just couldn't seem to find their pitch to hit," Moore said. "Defensively, both teams played really well. We have a couple minor issues that we need to tweak a little bit, but if we can get those things fixed, we should be in good shape."

On Tuesday, the Warriors offense exploded, scoring 19 runs before the game ended after five innings. In the game, Grace Bruschi hit a grand slam, Regin Loftin had a home run, Colleen Markussen hit a three-RBI triple and Kaylen Gomes hit a pair of doubles in the game.

"Everybody hit the ball hard," Moore said. "They played really well."

Still, Moore saw plenty of room for improvement, even in the batter's box

"At the plate, we don't have proper discipline," Moore said. "They know when they swing what they did wrong. They are learning."

The Warriors leave Del Norte today for the Anderson Tournament beginning on Friday in Redding.

"We have three games on Friday, then it is a single elimination on Saturday," Moore said.

Last year, Del Norte struggled in Anderson, losing all four games after allowing 6 runs in the first inning of three of the team's four games.

"This year, we are going to play ball," Moore said. "As long as they show up with the attitude that they had yesterday, we will be fine. We are not going there to win the tournament, we are going there to compete."