The Hoopa Valley girls appear to be peaking at just the right time.
On Wednesday, the Warriors took care of a tough Credo team by a score of 4-2 in the North Coast Section Division-V softball playoffs, advancing to Saturday’s championship game against top seed St. Vincent de Paul in Petaluma.
Senior shortstop Alexia Jackson led a balanced team effort with a two-run home run and three RBIs in the win, as the Warriors won for the 12th time in 15 games.
“We played really well today,” Hoopa head coach Glenn Moore said. “We’re playing some very good softball right now. I’m very happy with the way they’ve played the last two games. We’re peaking at the right time.”
It was, in Moore’s words, another strong team performance.
“These girls play with a lot of heart,” the head coach said. “They’re playing Lady Warrior softball.
“It was a team effort. We played really good defense, got the hits when we needed them, we minimized our errors and played tough.”
No one more so than Jackson.
The senior tied the game with a sacrifice RBI in the bottom of the third, driving in Beyonce Bussell, who hit a stand-up triple to reach base.
The No. 2 seed Warriors carried the momentum into the fourth, when Daisy Tracy gave her team the lead, scoring on a Credo error.
Jackson made it 4-1 with her home run.
The visitors narrowed the gap on a solo home run by Julia Anderson in the sixth but that was as close as Credo would get.
In the circle, a pair of young pitchers — Hoopa freshman Savannah Colegrove and Credo sophomore Maya Murphy — had big performances.
Colegrove struck out nine in a complete game and continues to grow in stature and play well beyond her years.
St. Vincent de Paul defeated Clear Lake 5-3 in the other semifinal on Wednesday.
Hoopa is now 15-8, while St. Vincent de Paul is 15-6.