Sports briefs April 15, 2014

By Michael Zogg, The Triplicate April 16, 2014 06:06 pm

DN drops first HDN game with split 

The Del Norte baseba;; team picked up its first loss of the season on Saturday, splitting a doubleheader in McKinleyville.

The Warriors won the first game 12-4 behind a superb 21-hit performance. Every Warrior that had an at bat got a hit, led by Josiah Johnson’s 5-for-5, two RBI game one.

In the second game, Del Norte managed only nine hits and were unable to bring them around to score. The Panthers took advantage with a 3-1 victory for the split. 

Del Norte is now 6-1 on the season and 2-1 in the Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5.

Softball splits while missing five 

The Del Norte softball team was a little bit undermanned on Saturday for their doubleheader against McKinleyville. The Warriors lost the first game 8-6 while missing five starters. In the second game, Del Norte got one of its players, Sarah Levi, back and rebounded for a 5-2 victory in McKinleyville.

“We had three girls in Ireland, one in the Junior Miss, and one taking the ACT, so we had to pull up some freshmen and a few JV girls,” said assistant coach Julian Markussan.

The Warriors have nearly three weeks until their next game.

2 Warriors to semis in HDN tennis finals 

The Del Norte boys tennis team was shorthanded at the Humboldt-Del Norte singles championships in Fortuna on Saturday.

With spring break underway, the Warriors took just Cameron Douglas and Sam Crisler to compete.

Douglas played in the No. 3 bracket. He won his first match 6-0, 6-3 against St. Bernard’s before falling 1-6, 0-6 in the semifinals to Arcata.

Crisler played in the No. 6 bracket and also advanced to the semifinals by beating Eureka 6-2, 6-1. He lost 1-6, 4-6 to Arcata in the semifinals.

The HDN doubles championships will be Saturday in Fortuna.

Strong DN showing at John Frank Invite

The Del Norte track and field teams competed in the John Frank Invitational at Central Valley High School over the weekend. Over 20 schools competed in the meet.

The boys varsity placed seventh out of 22 teams with 21 points. The girls took eighth out of 24 teams with 17 points.

The boys junior varsity team won the meet with 66 points, and the girls junior varsity was second with 67 points.

See Thursday’s edition of the Triplicate for more from Central Valley.

— Triplicate staff