The Del Norte softball team took command of its first game of the season early and rolled to a 25-1 blowout victory on the road in Gold Beach in a game that was called after the first five innings due to the mercy rule.

“I’m really proud of the girls being able to come out and really dominate,” said Del Norte head coach Jackie Heuberger. “It was good to see them play so well together as a team. We had fun. We enjoyed a beautiful day of softball.”

Gold Beach had no answer for the Warriors’ offense on Wednesday as Del Norte racked up a total of 28 hits throughout the contest.

The Warriors bats got going early as each of the first six Del Norte hitters managed to reach base safely and come around to score as the team went all the way through its lineup.

In the second inning Del Norte turned a 6-1 lead into a 19-1 route as the Warriors managed to go all the way through their batting order twice before Gold Beach was able to record the third out to end the inning.

The Warriors tacked on another run in the third inning, two more in the fourth inning, and three in the fifth.

“Every girl that played the full game had six at bats, so there was lots of hitting,” Heuberger said. “It was good for us for the first game of the season, but it is definitely going to be different at our tournament this weekend. It was good for the girls to get out there and see some live pitching.”

Del Norte also got a strong pitching performance from the team’s new ace, senior Tamesha Jordan. Jordan pitched all five innings while giving up three hits, one run and no walks while striking out four Panther batters.

Heuberger said Jordan was also Del Norte’s most productive hitter in Gold Beach, going 4-for-4 at the plate while also drawing a walk.

Although Jordan was able to keep the Panthers’ offense off balance throughout the game, she was also able to make use of some strong defensive plays throughout the game.

“Shelby Horner had a double play and Laycee Coopman caught a ball in the outfield and thew somebody out at home who was trying to tag up,” Heuberger said. “So we saw a lot of good things that the girls are capable of.”

As a team, Del Norte finished with two defensive
errors.

The win in Gold Beach improves Del Norte’s record to 1-0 overall this season. The Warriors were back in action on Friday for the first day of the Anderson Tournament, which is scheduled to wrap up today.

Reach Michael Zogg at mzogg@triplicate.com .

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