Eureka girls get first NCS win in five years

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Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Eureka’s Sadie Hampton slides safely into second base for a stolen base during Tuesday’s game.

The Eureka girls secured their first North Coast Section playoff win in softball in five years on Tuesday, defeating visiting San Rafael 2-1 at Eureka High.

And they had to fight for it, overcoming a one-run deficit with scores in both the fifth and sixth innings, and holding on thanks to some solid pitching and defense.

“We played excellent defense,” Eureka co-head coach Katelyn Graeser said. “We just hit it right at people, and they hit it right at our people.”

A Sadie Hampton triple in the sixth proved to be pivotal, with the sophomore standout scoring what would prove to be the winning run moments later on a Raime Young single.

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Eureka left fielder Karyn Jensen makes a catch.

And that was enough for sophomore pitcher Alexa Morehouse, who continues to grow in the circle for the Loggers.

“She did pitch well,” Graeser said. “She didn’t struggle at all.”

The game was a fast one, played out in less than an hour and a quarter.

“It was a lot of fun and everybody contributed,” the coach added.

At the plate for Eureka, senior Sadie Wilkinson and freshman McKenna Beach each also had a hit in the win, and each also played well defensively at catcher and third base, respectively.

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Left fielder Karyn Jensen also had a big defensive catch in the top of the third.

The Loggers won a 20th game for the first time in at least a decade, improving to 20-6, and the No. 5 seeds will now play the winner of Wednesday’s game between No. 4 St. Joseph Notre Dame and No. 13 Encinal this weekend.

If the lower seed wins that matchup, the Loggers will host.

San Rafael closes out the season 7-14.

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