The Del Norte softball team got its offense going on Wednesday. The Warriors outhit Eureka on the road, and played a sound game defensively but the Loggers used three unearned runs and a few fortunate calls by the umpires to pull out a 10-9 victory over Del Norte.
“We out-hit them and we had more earned runs. We should have won that game and we didn’t, but all in all it was still a better game than the previous ones,” said Del Norte head coach Jackie Heuberger. “I think that it was a much better showing by us. We only had two errors, and we had 15 hits. We hit the ball really well, we got into the box ready to hit, and we were super aggressive hitting. Our defense was good, our pitching was good and everything was working really well together early on.”
After a pair of scoreless innings to start the game, Eureka managed to grab a 2-0 lead, including one unearned run, in the third inning.
“We gave up a few runs, but we regained our composure and we didn’t let it escalate.”
Del Norte was able to answer the Loggers in the top of the fourth inning. McKenzy Fernandes and Laycee Coopman started the inning with back to back singles and the Warriors loaded the bases when Tamesha Jordan was hit by a pitch in the next at bat.
Amaris Folkins got Del Norte on the board with a double before Eureka managed to record its first out in the inning.
Shelby Horner continued the rally with another single, followed by singles from Josephine Heuberger and Kaleya Sanchez before a double by Molly Slayton. Fernandes and Coopman then hit another pair of singles to give the Warriors eight runs in the inning and an 8-2 lead.
“We just kind of made some changes to the lineup to try to get some more runs, and I think it worked,” Heuberger said. “The girls just really watched the ball and they were ready to hit when they threw strikes.
“We put it together. The girls are hitting the ball, and putting the ball in play. We didn’t have one strike out in this game, which is awesome. We really put the ball in play well, and we bunted the ball really well. They were playing way back on the bags and we just kept bunting at them.”
Eureka responded by hitting the ball hard over its next two at bats. The Loggers managed to score three runs in the top of the fourth inning to cut Del Norte’s lead to 8-5, then retook the lead in the sixth inning with five more runs to jump ahead 10-9.
“They started hitting the ball really hard, and our outfield is pretty inexperienced,” Heuberger said. “They just don’t have a lot of experience with when to go where. I think we just allowed the momentum to kind of go their way with a few mistakes and not knowing where to throw the ball, which allowed them to take some extra bases.”
Del Norte was scheduled to host Eureka for a doubleheader at Del Norte High School on Friday, but the games were postponed due to weather. No make up date has been set yet.
The Warriors will be back in action on Tuesday with a home game against Arcata.