By Ray Hamill — As the action heats up across the sporting landscape on the North Coast this spring, so too have some of the individual performances.
And a few of them, in particular, stood out this past week, with two stars leading their respective teams to key wins along the way.
In softball, Arcata senior Maria Morehouse has been inspirational in helping her team to a breakout season, while in baseball, Ferndale junior Landon Gomes is keeping his team in the hunt for a North Coast Section berth.
Both are this week’s Humboldt Sports Athletes of the Week.
Team of the Week honors, meanwhile, go to Eureka softball which is gradually building momentum in the chase for the Big 5 title.
Last week, the Loggers exploded for 46 hits in a three-game sweep of Fortuna, including 38 of them in Saturday’s doubleheader.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Arcata Softball, Senior
Morehouse is enjoying an exceptional senior campaign both individually and with her team.
The Tigers (11-5) have already posted their most wins in a single season since 2008, and Morehouse has been a big part of that on both sides of the ball.
Last week the standout shortstop made some big defensive plays to lead the Tigers to two wins in three matchups against the Del Norte Warriors, and she is averaging a very impressive .512 at the plate this spring.
For more on Morehouse’s big week, see Tigers, Warriors battle back and forth in wild doubleheader …
Ferndale Baseball, Junior
The talented junior has been sensational for much of the season for the Wildcats and stepped up once again in a key doubleheader against St. Bernard’s on Saturday.
After hitting what would turn out to be a game-winning two-RBI double in the opener, Gomes pitched a gem in the nightcap, allowing just one hit in 7.2 innings in a 1-0 loss.
One of the best all-around athletes on the North Coast, Gomes is enjoying an outstanding junior year, having also starred on the football field.
For more on Gomes’ big weekend, see Little 4 — Ruiz, Gomes dazzle again …
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Don’t look now, but the Loggers are building momentum and setting the tone for a Big 5 challenge.
The Eureka girls, who have been hitting the ball exceptionally well, have now won seven straight and are 4-0 in league and 10-2 overall.
The Loggers will be tested this week against Arcata, but if they come through that series unscathed, a massive series with the McKinleyville Panthers looms early next month.
For more on Eureka’s big week, see Prep Softball — Loggers sweep Huskies …