Calderon leaves early with elbow pain, Johnson breaks finger in loss
The Del Norte baseball team had an inauspicious start to the Shasta Lake Bass Tournament in Redding on Wednesday, falling 6-3 to Yreka in the first round.
The Warriors' ace pitcher, Jonathan Calderon, got the start, but he wasn't quite himself to start the game.
Yreka jumped on top of Calderon with five hits and five runs in 1 1/3 innings to take a 5-0 lead. After the first inning, Calderon began feeling some elbow pain, according to head coach Travis Johnson.
Junior Steven Maready came in to pitch and shut down Yreka. Maready allowed just one hit, one run and issued one walk while striking out 11 batters in the final 5 2/3 innings.
"He came in and only allowed one run the rest of the way," Johnson said. "He pitched really well. He held them right there, but we just couldn't get enough hits in a row."
The Warriors' bats were quiet until the third inning when they finally punched a run through. They added two more in the sixth, but couldn't close the gap any further.
"It was just a bad inning," Travis Johnson said.
By the end of the game Del Norte out hit the Miners 7 to 6, but the Warriors committed three errors while Yreka committed none.
Calderon's status for the remainder of the tournament is questionable.
"We will see if he is ready to go again tomorrow or not," Johnson said.
Del Norte also had to deal with an injury to senior starting catcher Josiah Johnson, who broke his finger in the first inning.
"He stayed in and batted and everything," Travis Johnson said. "We had to move (Austin) Healy to catcher and then Josiah played first."
Despite the broken finger, Johnson lead the Warriors offensively, going 2-for-3 and scoring a run.
Healy, Maready, Nathan Porter, Chris Bray and Dylan Pease all went 1-for-3 for the game.
Del Norte now drops down to the losers bracket to play the loser of the game between the Burner Raiders and the Lassen Grizzlies at 8 a.m. today.
The Warriors will play two games today, win or lose, and are guaranteed at least one game on Friday as well.
The Warriors have now lost two games in a row. The loss drops Del Norte to 6-2 overall as a team this year.
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