The Del Norte softball team wrapped up the non-league portion of its regular season schedule with four games in two days in Medford. The Warriors lost both games on Monday, but won one of two games on Tuesday to finish the tournament 1-3 overall.
Del Norte head coach Jackie Heuberger said she saw a lot of good things in every aspect of play, but there is still room for improvement. Heuberger said in all four games the Warriors seemed to have one bad inning defensively, which ended up costing the team.
“Overall it was a good weekend for the girls to play together,” Heuberger said. “I would just like to see them overcome that one inning of Bad New Bears play.”
Del Norte started play on Monday with a 12-2 loss to Henley. The Warriors bounced back to play a competitive game against Bend later that day, in a game played in heavy rain and cold weather.
Del Norte ended up falling 10-7 against Bend.
“We had quite a few mistakes in that game that really cost us,” Heuberger said. “We started hitting, but it took us a while to come back. We made a few mistakes defensively when the weather was really bad, but I thought the girls did a good job of coming back at the end of the game and trying to refocus.”
The Warriors came back on Tuesday and picked up a 3-2 victory over North Salem to start the day.
“Tamesha (Jordan) did a really great job pitching,” Heuberger said. “They had some good hitters, and she kept their batters off balance and they weren’t able to hit anything solidly. We made some pretty good plays behind her too, but again we had one bad inning where they scored both of their runs.”
Heuberger said the Warriors also hit the ball well against North Salem, but struggled to score runs and left nine runners stranded throughout the seven innings of play.
“We just weren’t able to capitalize and score when we were getting runners on,” she said.
In the last game of the tournament Del Norte took on West Salem. Heuberger elected to rest Jordan, the team’s top pitcher, after the senior threw three games in two days, and with Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 play scheduled to begin today.
West Salem was able to take advantage of the new Warrior pitcher, jumping out to a 13-1 run through three innings. Heuberger then turned to Josephine Heuberger to finish up the game on the rubber.
“She did fairly well,” Heuberger said of the freshman pitcher. “She only gave up a few runs. It is hard because when we move her from short stop to pitch we have to move somebody else out of their normal position to play short stop, so that isn’t our number one defense. We were able to keep the score down for most of the time that she was in though.”
After scoring just six runs in four games last weekend in Anderson, Del Norte’s offense started to find its footing in Medford.
“We hit pretty well,” Heuberger said. “Even though we left a lot of runners on base, we scored a lot of runs. We had a lot of good hitting, especially from our first baseman McKenzy Fernandes and our catcher Maddie Burchell. They both hit the ball well all weekend.”
Del Norte came home from Medford with a 2-7 overall record in nine non-league games.
The Warriors are scheduled to kick off Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 play today with a road trip to McKinleyville. The first pitch is set for 4 p.m. but with showers, possible thunderstorms, and high wind in the forecast for Eureka the game may well be rained out.
“I see some inconsistencies in every game, and I think a lot of it is a lack of communication and a lack of confidence in each other,” Heuberger said. “So (Tuesday) I emphasized making sure that we are confident in our teammates around us and are confident that they are going to make the play. Also, we focused on communicating with every pitch, and talking to keep yourself in the play.”