The Del Norte baseball team struggled to get outs on Friday in Arcata, as the Tigers jumped on top 5-1 after the first inning and went on to win 16-6, ending after five innings due to the mercy rule.
“We just had a lot of miscues and gave them a lot of extra outs,” said Del Norte head coach Travis Johnson. “They took advantage of it, and that was pretty much the way the game went. We just couldn’t get it together defensively.”
Senior Ryan Janiero made the start for the Warriors and Johnson said he pitched a fairly strong game, forcing a lot of ground balls. Del Norte just struggled in the field all day long.
“He did a good job throwing strikes on the mounds. We just didn’t back him up today,” Johnson said.
The Warriors finished the game with about eight outs, and almost all of them seemed to cost Del Norte.
“They all came at really bad times, and it was just kind of a snowball effect,” Johnson said.
Offensively, Arcata largely held Del Norte at bay. The Warriors were able to scratch out a run in the first inning and finally got on track in the fourth inning with five more runs to close the gap, but that was all that the Warriors were able to muster.
“In both innings were were able to get our leadoff guy on and got a couple hits in a row to bring them around,” Johnson said. “But that was about all that we could do though. It was pretty slow today.”
With the loss, Del Norte falls to 6-5 overall this season and 1-2 in Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 games.
The Warriors were on a six-game winning streak that included two wins over Arcata, on Monday, but Del Norte has since dropped two straight games to the Tigers.
Johnson said Del Norte’s fielding has been its biggest struggle during the two-game stretch.
“I think defensively we are just not feeling it right now,” he said. “That has been the reason for our last two losses. We are just kind of in a funk right now. Hopefully we can pull ourselves together to play Eureka next week.”
Del Norte will be back in action on Wednesday, hosting Eureka for a single game starting at 4 p.m. Del Norte will wrap up the series with the Loggers the following Saturday with a doubleheader in Eureka.
Before its next outing, Johnson said the Warriors will focus on getting its defense corrected.
“I’m trying to get them on the field and get some situational stuff going,” Johnson said. “We need to do a refresher course on what we are supposed to be doing. Hopefully that will bring them back around.”