The Del Norte baseball team couldn’t pull out a win this week in its three games Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 League series with Arcata. The Tigers came to Crescent City for a 10-6 victory on Wednesday, then completed the sweep with 11-2 and 10-2 wins in a doubleheader in Arcata on Friday.
The first game of the series was a defensive battle early on in Crescent City on Wednesday. Arcata jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the score stayed stuck at 1-0 until the fourth inning.
“I thought all of our pitchers did a decent job, our fielders did pretty well today, Arcata is just a good team,” said Del Norte head coach Travis Johnson. “They push you and try to make you make mistakes, and they do a good job with it. I thought we limited mistakes pretty well today, but they were still able to get the runs that they needed to win the game.”
Arcata’s bats started to heat up midway through the game and the Tigers scored three runs in the fourth inning and two runs each in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
Meanwhile, the Warriors were only able to manage one hit through the first four innings.
“We just couldn’t hit their starting pitcher — that was the main thing,” Johnson said. “We just could not get anything going. He did a nice job of keeping the ball away, he had a nice tail on it, and we just weren’t able to get hits. That was the story of most of the game.”
Del Norte finally got on the scoreboard in the fifth inning when a double by Giovanni Gonzalez brough Justin Goudelock in to score. In the seventh inning Del Norte’s bats finally woke up. The Warriors had six singles in the inning, including five in a row as Del Norte scored five runs to pull within 10-6 before the game ended.
“They switched up their pitchers at the end of the game and for some reason we felt like we could come out and hit that kid,” Johnson said. “They went up to the plate with some confidence and got several hits in a row to score some runs at the end. It was good that they were able to do that and gain some confidence hopefully.”
In the doubleheader on Friday Del Norte’s bats got going, but they couldn’t find enough open space against the Arcata defense.
“We hit the ball hard, but it seemed like we just hit everything right at somebody,” Johnson said. “I guess when it’s going good it’s going good and when it is going bad it goes bad. All of our pitchers threw strikes today. Arcata hit the ball really well, but we didn’t play as bad as the score showed.”
Del Norte was scheduled to be off next week, but will instead play a doubleheader against Eureka on Friday to make up for a rainout April 6.