More walk-off dramatics in Crescent City as Warriors, Panthers split

File photo – McKinleyville’s Austin Brown in action against Del Norte earlier this week.

A young Del Norte baseball team is making a habit of walk-off wins.

For the second time in two weeks, the Warriors did just that on Saturday afternoon, scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat McKinleyville 6-5 in Crescent City.

The win was just the second of the season for the Del Norte boys, who also won on a walk-off against Fortuna in their season opener.

The Panthers battled back from a 3-2 deficit with three runs in the top of the seventh and were closing on a three-game series sweep of the Warriors after opening Saturday’s doubleheader with an 8-5 win earlier in the day.

But Del Norte answered in the bottom of the seventh with Brody Mattz driving in Cooper Maxwell for the game-winning run.

Mattz also pitched six solid innings to start the game.

Freshman Hunter Wells, who was just called up from the JVs for the day, pitched the final inning and got the win on the mound.

William Brommelyn and Jared Dixon each had two hits in the win, including a double by Dixon, while Maxwell, Cole Blackburn, Isaac Arriola and Jacob Dane each had a hit.

Riley Bates pitched six strong innings for the Panthers.

Logan Maher led a balanced team performance for Mack at the plate, finishing with two hits, including a double, while Bates, T-Ryan Stumpf, Corbin Eichin, Jack Saso, Branson Dobrec, Brayden Craven and Tenoche Tapia each also had a hit.

In game one, McKinleyville scored five runs in the top of the fifth inning to take control and held on for the win, their second over Del Norte this week.

Craven got the win on the mound, allowing just three hits and two walks in five innings, while striking out three.

File photo – Del Norte’s Daylen O’Reilley.

Eichin had a big game at the plate finishing 2-for-3 with a home run, a double and four RBIs.

Austin Brown, who pitched two solid innings in relief, also had two hits, as did the in-form Brodie Sargent, who continued his impressive start to the season at the plate and had a double.

Tapia also had two hits, while Stumpf and Bates had one apiece.

For Del Norte, Mattz was 2-for-4 with a double, while Dixon, Dane and Daylen O’Reilley each had a hit.

O’Reilley took the loss on the mound.

Both teams are now 2-4.

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