SOFTBALL ROUNDUP — Eureka girls win big; Tigers bounce back


Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Alexa Morehouse in action for Eureka on Wednesday.

The Eureka Loggers, Del Norte Norte Warriors and Arcata Tigers all posted wins on Wednesday afternoon.

With Alexa Morehouse in control in the pitcher’s circle for Eureka, the Loggers scored four runs in each of the first two innings and never trailed on the way to a 15-3 win at McKinleyville.

Morehouse allowed seven hits and one walk in seven innings, while striking out nine.

Maeghan Hampton finished 2-for-3 with a triple and a double and three RBIs, while Sadie Hampton was 2-for-2.

Kaitlin Giacone also hit a triple, while Claire Maples added a double.

Salina Socha-Wright, Makenna Beach, Wyatt Thurston and Kira Morris each also had a hit in the win.

Allie Egbert led the way at the plate for McKinleyville, finishing 3-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs, while Camryn Pinard was 2-for-3 with a triple and a double.

Trinity Preston and Cameron Heenan each also had a hit in the loss, while Raina Ausburn pitched all five innings, striking out five.

“It’s disappointing to lose, but it’s also understandable because we have so many young players and have only been a full team for two days,” McKinleyville head coach Shanna McCracken said.

Senior Ashley Ballew had a good game behind the plate in the loss.

“She showed a lot of heart out there, a lot of hustle,” McCracken said of the senior standout. 

The two teams meet again this weekend.

Arcata 10, St. Bernard’s 1

Morgan Ford had a big game both in the pitcher’s circle and at the plate, as the Arcata Tigers quickly put Tuesday’s season-opening loss to Hoopa behind them.

Ford struck out 12 St. Bernard’s batters and walked just one on her way to the win, while helping her own cause at the plate and finishing 3-for-4 with four runs scored.

Arcata’s Bella Volz-Broughton also finished 3-for-4.

“I’m proud of my players for rebounding from a tough loss yesterday,” Arcata head coach Teresa Stavert said. “They played hard and showed their strong character.”

Ford’s performance set the tone for the team.

“Morgan Ford was in control of the game,” the head coach said. “She pitched a beautiful game! Her battery mate Sagen Sarchett helped with a solid catching performance.”

Ella Jimenez pitched for the Crusaders, while teammate Marcie Davila played a good game defensively.

Del Norte 7, Fortuna 6

The Warriors came from two runs down in the bottom of the seventh to pull out the season-opening victory over the Huskies in Crescent City.

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