Big showdown added before expected shutdown


Ray Hamill/ – McKinleyville’s Cameron Saso

UPDATED ON SUNDAY – All three of Monday’s games have now been canceled.

By Ray Hamill — Local baseball fans will get a treat on Monday in what could very well be the final high school baseball game of the season.

In an effort to get in a couple of games before en expected state-wide shutdown of high school sports on Tuesday, St. Bernard’s has added a pair of games on Monday.

The Crusaders will play Fortuna at Newberg Park at 4 p.m., followed by a night game against McKinleyville at Bomber Field at 7 p.m.

And the second game will feature two of the top three pitchers on the North Coast, with St. Bernard’s Nick Dugan and Mack’s Cameron Saso taking the mound.

Dugan, a sophomore, has already accepted a scholarship offer to play at Stanford after graduation, while Saso is the reigning Big 5 MVP pitcher and started this season with a no-hitter against Willits last weekend.

A number of local games were canceled on Friday, including weekend softball games for Fortuna, Arcata and Eureka, as well as a baseball game at Fortuna, with opposing teams  from down south facing travel restrictions.

The Loggers, however, will host St. Bernard’s in softball on Monday at 4 p.m. at Washington Field, in what could very well be the last high school softball game of the season here on the North Coast.

Both College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State announced on Thursday that they have canceled all spring sports.

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