The Del Norte softball team remained undefeated in Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 play on Friday, completing the season sweep of Arcata with 5-0, and 2-1 wins in a doubleheader in Crescent City.
“It was good to get to play. I think we are starting to get better as we play more,” Lorenzi said. “We did a lot of good things today. We were hitting the ball hard it was just right at people. Arcata was playing on the fence, so long balls were getting caught. That is fine, it just means that we have to adjust to that. Overall I was pretty happy though. We did what we were supposed to do, and executed when we had to.”
Although Del Norte was able to keep Arcata from seriously threatening to score in the first game of the day, the Warriors bats took a little while to wake up.
Del Norte finished the game with 11 pop ups for outs, including seven pop ups in the first three innings of play. The Warriors offense was able to get on track in the fifth inning, however, with Tvshiina Jacobs smacking a one-out double followed by an RBI single by Allison Douglas. Maddy Burtchell made it three hits in a row for the Warriors with another RBI single and Antonia Alcala wrapped up the scoring with a two-out RBI double that brought Burchell home.
“They started using both hands instead of hitting with one hand,” Lorenzi said. “We just had better hands and better timing. Early on we were just too anxious.”
Although Del Norte had a little bit more trouble scoring runs in game two of the double header, Lorenzi said his team continued to look better at the plate. The Warriors ended up with just four pop ups at the plate in the nightcap, while putting almost everything into play.
“We had a lot of pop up early but then some people started making adjustments,”Lorenzi said. “All the sudden we were hitting the ball on the money. We were just hitting it right at people.”
Del Norte took the lead in game two in the bottom of the second inning when Alcala hit another RBI single following a lead off double by Douglas. The Warriors doubled their lead to 2-0 in the fifth inning after Payten Healy lead off with a single and stole second base. Brook Nolan then knocked Healy in with an RBI single.
Although the Warriors never trailed the Tigers in either game, things got tense in the final frame as Arcata threatened to steal a win.
The Tigers opened the inning with back to back singles and got the bases loaded on an error with only one out. The next Arcata batter was able to draw a walk from Douglas to close the score to 2-1 with the bases still loaded but Douglas got the next batter to pop up to Healy at shortstop, and got the third out of the inning on a grounder to first base.
“That is when you get to figure out what you are all about — when there is pressure and you have to play with pressure,” Lorenzi said. “That is something you don’t get when you are at practice. Right at the end of the game we did the right things. Ally bailed herself out and we made some plays defensively. That is the kind of pressure that we need to play under in order to get better.”
The doubleheader in Del Norte was the Warriors’ first home games of the season. With the wins Del Norte improves to 11-3 overall this season with a 5-0 record in HDN Big 5 games. The Warriors will be back in action against St. Bernard’s next Wednesday for a non-league doubleheader in Crescent City. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.
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