Warriors’ defense braves wind, bats come alive against Fortuna

By Robert Husseman, The Triplicate April 19, 2013 05:14 pm

The Del Norte High baseball team won its first Humboldt-Del Norte League game in nearly two years Wednesday against Fortuna High.

And the Warriors did it in style.

Luke Seats pitched a complete-game two-hitter and singled in the final two runs of the game in a 10-0, six-inning victory over the Huskies at Del Norte High School.

The Warriors (5-5 overall, 1-0 HDN League) defeated Fortuna (7-4, 1-2 HDN League) 14-3 on May 4, 2011, Del Norte’s last victory in an HDN League game.

Seats struck out two and walked six in his six innings pitched. He induced 13 flyouts and two groundouts in preventing any Huskies
baserunners from crossing home plate.

“He had a couple moments where I was close to making the switch and he got out of both of them,” Del Norte head coach Travis Johnson said.

The Warriors’ outfielders, dealing with consistent gusts of wind, handled fly balls without issue, impressing the coaching staff.

“They played that wind like it was no big deal at all,” Johnson said. “They judged the ball beautifully.”

Del Norte scored three runs in the first inning to set the tone early. Josiah Johnson hit an RBI single, Nathan Porter scored on a wild pitch and Ryan Gomes’ walk with the bases loaded plated Aaron Fitch.

“Once we got the three in the first inning, it’s like the wind went out of (Fortuna’s) sails,” Travis Johnson said.

Gomes hit a two-run double as part of a four-run fourth inning for Del Norte. In the fifth inning, Austin Healy laid down a squeeze bunt that enabled Dylan Pease to score from third base.

“They were hitting the ball, hustling down the line,” Johnson said. “They did everything you could ask for.

McKinleyville High comes to Crescent City for a Saturday doubleheader at 11 a.m., and they will meet a hungry, confident band of Warriors.

“They think they can beat anybody right now,” Johnson said. “I’m curious to see what’s going to happen Saturday. The coaches couldn’t be any more proud of the way they’re working hard.”

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