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Crusaders move clear in Little 4; Cubs, Cats split

St. Bernard’s took over sole possession of first place in the Little 4 with a doubleheader sweep at home to Hoopa on Saturday.

The Crusaders won 11-0 and 12-0 in a pair of five-inning games.

With the wins, St. Bernard’s improved to 5-1 in the Little 4 (11-3 overall), while Hoopa fell to 0-6 and 0-9.

Also in the Little 4 on Saturday, South Fork split a doubleheader at Ferndale, losing game one 4-3 and winning the nightcap 2-1.

The Cubs are now 4-2 in the L4 (8-3 overall), while Ferndale is now 3-3 and 5-7.

Hoopa 0, St. Bernard’s 11

Hoopa 0, St. Bernard’s 12

Lane Thrap pitched a complete-game win in the opener, allowing just one hit.

In game two, Logan Petrusha did likewise, also giving up just one hit in a complete-game performance.

Bode Joyner capped a huge week with seven RBIs over the two games.

St. Bernard’s plays Eureka on Tuesday, while next up for Hoopa is a trip to South Fork for a Little 4 doubleheader next weekend.

South Fork 3, Ferndale 4, 11 innings

South Fork 2, Ferndale 1

The two league contenders split a key doubleheader on Saturday, as each remained in touch with conference leaders St. Bernard’s.

And as the final score would suggest, there was little to separate the two in both games.

The Cubs took a 3-0 lead early in game one, but the Wildcats tied things up almost immediately, and the two teams remained deadlocked until the fourth extra inning, with pitchers CJ Van Meter of South Fork and Austin Hughes in control through eight innings.

“CJ and Austin both pitched really well,” Ferndale head coach Justin Andersen said. 

With one out in the 11th, Ferndale’s Nico Alejandre doubled, before scoring moments later on a Kyler Raddelfinger walk-off single.

At the plate for the Wildcats, Jenner Christiansen finished 3-for-4, while Alejandre and Hughes each was 2-for-4.

Hughes also drove in a run, as did Garrett Christiansen, Putter Walters and Raddelfinger.

Garrett Christiansen got the win on the mound in relief, while South Fork’s Graham McConnell took the loss in relief.

At the plate for South Fork, Cody Wyatt finished 3-for-4, while Cooper Scott was 2-for-5.

In game two, the Cubs scored a run in each of the first two innings and made it stick, with the Cats managing just one run in the sixth.

“We played great defense today,” South Fork head coach Corky Coffelt said. “We’re coming around. We hot the ball a little bit better today.”

After posting the loss in relief in game one, McConnell got the win in relief of starter Kaydon Pogue in the second game.

At the plate for South Fork, Wyatt was 2-for-3, while Scott added a third hit on the day.

Orin Paula and Sean Hassall-Hoss had a hit in each game.

For Ferndale, Landon Gomes took the loss on the mound despite another strong effort.

Garrett Christiansen pitched two strong innings in relief, and was, according to his coach, “fantastic today.”

“Hat’s off to them, they competed all day,” Andersen said of South Fork. “But it seems like our intensity needs to be at a higher level … We need to keep improving and continue to work toward who we want to be.”

The Cats play at McKinleyville on Wednesday, before hosting St. Bernard’s next weekend.

The Cubs will host Hoopa next weekend.

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