By Ray Hamill — The American Legion baseball season officially began over the weekend, as the Northern Humboldt Giants and Knights hosted the Tehama Bulls in a pair of doubleheaders.
The games were the first official team sports in the area in more than three months, and for the Del Norte players in particular it was an impressive start.
Jared Dixon, a sophomore for the Warriors this past spring, was inspirational at the plate, leading the way offensively for the 17U Giants in their Saturday sweep.
Dixon finished 5-for-6 over the two games.
And he wasn’t alone, with four Del Norte freshmen also making their presence felt in their first games of the year.
In fact, with the wealth of talent coming through the Del Norte ranks, the Warriors should be very competitive in the Big 5 in the coming years.
Freshman Ethan Thomas pitched a couple of solid innings and added a base hit for the Giants, who won 6-2 and 11-1.
Sunday’s action featured the 15U Knights going up against the 17U Bulls in a pair of exciting games that went down to the wire.
The Knights lost the opener 9-8 but bounced back to win the nightcap on a walk-off two-RBI single by Arcata’s Chase Coleman.
Three Del Norte players, all freshmen, were each instrumental in the doubleheader split against the older opposition.
The speedy Willie Brommelyn led off the lineup and had two hits in each game, while Ray Rusgrove also had two hits in the opener and Brody Mattz added a double in the nightcap, while also pitching in relief.
“We’re really happy with the Del Norte guys coming down,” Knights coach Sean Brantley said. “They’re all quality kids too.”