Wildcats fall to Cloverdale in NCS

The Ferndale Wildcats saw their season come to an end in the opening round of the Division-V North Coast Section playoffs on Tuesday, falling 7-2 at home to Cloverdale.

The No. 8 seed Cats led early 2-1, but saw the advantage disappear when the No. 9 Eagles scored three times in the top of the fourth and never looked back.

“To see it end like this is disappointing for sure,” Ferndale head coach Justin Andersen said, admitting that the Eagles “were the better team.”

The loss marks the end of the road for a class of four Ferndale seniors – Austin Hughes, Shaun Leonardo, Ronnie Lockett and Cody Collings – and a group that saw plenty of success along the way.

“You’re always sad to see the seniors go,” the head coach said. “It was a senior class that was a part of two section titles.”

Hughes took the loss on the mound for the Cats, who close out 10-13, allowing four hits in 5.1 innings.

At the plate, Landon Gomes was 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and two stolen bases, while Hughes was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Kyler Radelfinger also had a good day at the plate, finishing 2-for-3 with one of his team’s two runs.

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