Big win for Hoopa boys on opening day

After going winless a year ago, it didn’t take the Hoopa Warriors long to get their first win of 2020 on the baseball field.

And they did it in dramatic fashion, coming from behind in the bottom of the seventh to seal a 3-2 win over Trinity in their season opener on Tuesday afternoon.

Joseph McGinnis drove in the tying and winning runs on a two-out walk-off base hit to center field and the Warriors got some strong pitching from Daniel Minton and John Smith.

“We were all proud of each other today it was a well-played hard-fought win and gives us a taste of victory to build on early,” head coach John Snell said.

Minton got the start on the mound and pitched five strong innings.

The junior gave up two unearned runs, but held Trinity hitless while striking out 10 batters.

Smith was just as effective in his two innings, holding the visitors scoreless and allowing just one hit.

Newcomer Sam Jones got the comeback started when he led off the bottom of the seventh with a base hit to right field, before two walks loaded the bases with no outs.

Two strikeouts, however, put the Wolves on the verge of victory before McGinnis’ late heroics sealed the win.

“I would say I’m very proud of this team but I always have been. They battled hard last year,” Snell said.

It was the Warriors’ first win since April 2018.

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