Softball team wins 3rd straight to climb back to .500 in HDN

The Del Norte softball team finished the 2014 regular season with its longest winning streak of the year.

The Warriors beat Arcata 5-2 and 9-8 in a doubleheader on Friday after beating the Tigers on the road on Wednesday to stretch the streak to three games. Del Norte needed each of those wins to climb back to .500 at 6-6 in the Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5.

"They all came out and played," Del Norte head coach Tom Moore said. "They played pretty good defense, every last one of them hit the ball and everybody produced."

Pitcher Colleen Markussen had a particularly good day for the Warriors. Markussen kept the Tigers hitters off balance throughout the day, striking out 12 hitters in Game 1 alone. She also hit a home run in the first game.

"She was one fire today, both offensively and defensively," Moore said. "She really hit the heck out of the ball."

Del Norte got off to fast starts in both games on Friday. The Warriors led 5-1 by the third inning of Game 1 and held on for the 5-2 win.

In the second game, Del Norte again started hot, scoring three runs in the first inning to take a 3-0 lead. Arcata answered right back in the bottom of the second, however, with five runs to grab their first lead of the day.

Neither team led by more than three runs the rest of the way. Del Norte found itself tied 8-8 in seventh inning. After Markussen retired the Tigers lineup in order, she started the offensive attack with a one-out double.

Sarah Levy was brought in as a courtesy runner for Markussen and scooted around third for the walk-off run when an errant throw got away from the Arcata defense after Regin Loftin put the ball in play.

It is the fourth year in a row that the Warriors have finished .500 in league play and taken third place overall. There is still a chance that Del Norte could play one more game.

"As of right now we are 6-6 so we will see if we are seeded to go to North Coast Sections," Moore said. "It is probably a long shot, and I don't even know if I will have enough players that are going to be able to go, but we will see."

fourth year in a row the team finished .500 in the HDN

"I am going to be missing them next year. I have coached Erika Alcala since pretty much tee-ball. She is a shortstop, so we will need to figure out a way to replace her. We are also going to have a big hole at catcher with Kiera Davis graduating. She has been playing there for three years for me. Kristen Williams didn't get to play much last year and she didn't play a whole lot this year, but she started the last five or six games and she has come around bigtime. Alicia Olsen hit the ball hard today and played good defense too."