The Del Norte softball team got off to a strong start to the season on Friday at the Anderson Tournament. The Warriors won their first two games of the season, before suffering a setback in a game shortened by lightning in their last game of the day.
Del Norte kicked off the tournament with a comfortable 8-1 victory over Corning. The second game of the day was a close battle against Anderson. The Warriors scored a run in the first inning, and held on for the 1-0 victory in a tough defensive struggle.
“That was a really good high school softball game for this early in the season,” said Del Norte head coach Pablo Lorenzi said.
Del Norte’s last game of the day against Shasta was interrupted by an injury to returning white star winner Brook Nolan, and eventually forced to end early due to a lightning strike in the top of the fifth inning with the Warriors trailing 2-0.
“Defensively I thought we did a really good job,” Lorenzi said. “We were in the game defensively the whole time. Offensively we were in the game for two games, but the third game we kind of lost it mentally. I told them that we need to get mentally tougher. I understand that it isn’t often that you play three games in the same day, but at the same time they are doing it, so we need to be doing it.”
As of Friday evening, Del Norte was still unsure how it finished in the final standings of the pool, with three teams likely tied atop the standings after going 2-1.
No matter how the tie-breakers shake out, the Warriors will be back in action today for the bracket portion of the tournament.
Brook Nolan injured her knee on the first day of competition, but was quickly back walking around. Lorenzi said he was still unsure when the senior thirdbaseman will be able to return.
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