By Ray Hamill — The Arcata Tigers have given up just one hit in two games to start the new season, winning their second game in two days on Wednesday, 10-0 at St. Bernard’s.
Vincent Agliolo got the win on the mound, striking out 11 and walking none in five innings, while Nick Parker pitched two strong innings in relief, striking out six and walking three.
“We had some very good pitching for the second straight day,” Arcata head coach Troy Ghisetti said.
Mason Nichols provided the highlight of the game at the plate for the Tigers, hitting a three-run home run.
Will Mager also had a big day at the plate, finishing 2-for-3 with a double, while Isaiah Levy was 2-for-4.
Parker also had a double, while Cedar Kline was 1-for-1.
“We manufactured some runs and we did some decent things on the base path,” Ghisetti said. “The hitting is a work in progress for us. We’re going to have to hit a lot better in the Big 5 to compete against those teams.”
Nick Dugan pitched two innings for St. Bernard’s, which used several pitchers but kept them all below 30 pitches ahead of a key doubleheader against Ferndale later this week.
“Our defense just let us down today,” said St. Bernard’s head coach Matt Tomlin, whose team committed eight errors. “And offensively we didn’t give ourselves a chance.”
In addition to Dugan, another bright spot for the Crusaders was the play of catcher Brayden Luna.
St. Bernard’s weekend series at home to Ferndale has been moved up to Friday at 2 p.m. because of the expected rain on Saturday.
Arcata has a bye this weekend.
Eureka 16, McKinleyville 0
Eureka sophomore Myles Standish pitched a no-hitter against a young McKinleyville team on Wednesday afternoon, as the Loggers opened the new season in style.
The Eureka bats gave the young pitcher all the help he could ask for, as a Panthers team that features six freshmen struggled to adapt.
“The future’s bright. We’ve got bright days ahead at McKinleyville, but this is going to be a learning season and we’re going to take our knocks,” Panthers head coach Scott St. John said. “But we’re excited to be back out there playing.”
The Panthers feature just two seniors this season, Corbin Eichin and T-Ryan Stumpf, each of whom are expected to play a big role for the team.
The two teams will meet again in a doubleheader on Friday at Bomber Field in Eureka, with first pitch set for 5 p.m.
No final stats were available for Eureka after Wednesday’s game.
Del Norte 6, Fortuna 5
The Warriors scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning on Wednesday, beating Fortuna in Crescent City.
Gavin Skerik led the way at the plate in the win, finishing 3-for-4 with a double, while teammates William Brommelyn, Ray Rusgrove and Brody Mattz each had two hits.
For Fortuna, Branson Gans had a double, while Cole Ayala, Regan Nyberg, Joey Quen, Jared Egan and Aaron Head-Mason each also had a hit.
Wyatt Wilson pitched well in the defeat.
“We’re all going to be rusty, we’re all going to make mistakes, but I think the main thing is it’s good to be back on the field,” Fortuna head coach Andy Olsen said.