Former Arcata Tiger Jaden Gorge is setting the early pace in Golden Valley Conference baseball.
On Saturday, Gorge was one of four players in the conference to have five hits, helping Shasta College to a season-opening doubleheader split with College of the Redwoods at Bomber Field in Eureka.
The visiting Knights won game one, 11-4, before the Corsairs battled back to take the nightcap, 12-4.
Windy conditions certainly played a factor, but that didn’t seem to affect the play of Gorge.
The former Tiger led the Knights at the plate, finishing 5-for-9 with a double, two RBIs and three runs, including a pivotal RBI single in a four-run sixth in game one, as the visitors battled back from an early deficit.
Game two, however, belonged to the Corsairs, who answered their coach’s call in between games.
“It was nice to see us not roll over,” CR interim head coach Andrew Aiello said. “We took on the adversity from game one and it was good to see that from our guys. They battled back.”
Bly Moser pitched a complete game for the win, allowing eight hits in seven innings, while striking out nine and walking just two.
Check out video highlights of Gorge’s big RBI single in game one …
“Bly Moser pitched really, really well,” Aiello said. “He did a good of getting ahead in the count.”
Chandler Jones took the loss in game one after a solid effort early.
At the plate for the Corsairs, Spencer Roach finished the day 5-for-7 with a triple, a double and four RBIs, while Raul Soto-Romero was also 5-for-7 with two doubles and three RBIs.
The CR duo ,along with Gorge, are among four players in conference to finish the day with five hits.
Dylan Short, who tripled, and Josue Barcelo each also had three hits for CR.
Christian Soria also had a triple and a double on the day.
“It was definitely an opening day sort of deal,” Aiello said. “There were a lot of good things, but a lot of bad things we identified we need to work on.”
Former Eureka standout Brady Munson also saw some action for Shasta, starting on the mound for game one.
Munson allowed five hits in three innings, while striking out three and walking one.
Next up on Saturday, Redwoods plays two games against Butte, while Shasta plays Lassen.