By Ray Hamill — Eureka’s Karyn Jensen and St. Bernard’s Hunter Davis each had a monster of a day at the plate on Saturday, with both players hitting a pair of home runs to lead their respective teams to key victories.
And that earns them our Athlete of the Week honors.
Jensen apparently likes playing Arcata, hitting three home runs against the Tigers in three games last week, including a pair of them in Saturday’s doubleheader.
And Davis apparently never met a game he believed was lost, twice rallying his team with two home runs in one game against South Fork.
Team of the Week honors, meanwhile, go to the Eureka boys track and field team, which is slowly building momentum ahead of the upcoming Humboldt- Del Norte League Championships.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Eureka Softball, Senior
Jensen is enjoying an outstanding senior campaign that appears to be getting better as the season moves along.
Last week, she hit a home run in all three games against a good Arcata team, leading the Loggers to a series win and keeping them in contention for the Big 5.
For the season, the star senior is batting .500 with 20 RBIs, four home runs and six doubles, remarkably all team highs.
For more on Jensen’s big week, see Loggers, Tigers share the spoils in softball doubleheader …
St. Bernard’s Baseball, Junior
Davis has been in sensational form for the Crusaders on both sides of the plate, and was as impressive as ever over the weekend.
Defensively, the junior standout is one of the top catchers on the North Coast with a rocket of an arm, while offensively he has been every bit as effective.
On Saturday, Davis hit a pair of home runs in the second game of a key doubleheader against South Fork to lift his team to a come-from-behind win that could very well seal the league title.
For the season, he is hitting .377 with three home runs, both team highs.
For more on Davis’ big weekend, see Big day for Davis as Crusaders, Cubs split …
Team of the Week
Eureka Boys Track and Field
The Loggers are building momentum and have been one of the local stories of the spring so far in track and field, winning two of the four league meets in the regular season and establishing themselves as legitimate league contenders.
The Loggers are led by the talented trio of Conor Barres, Nathaniel Spears and Ian Bennett, but have been winning in large part because of their team depth, with numerous athletes stepping up.
New head coach Scott Pesch and his assistants also deserve plenty of credit for the immediate impact they have had this spring.
For more on the Eureka boys big week, see Depth lifts Eureka boys, Arcata girls to victory …