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Seniors lead the way as Cats sweep the Warriors

File photo – The Wildcats won two games at Hoopa on Saturday.

Several Wildcat seniors had a big day as Ferndale comfortably swept both ends of a baseball doubleheader at Hoopa on Saturday.

The Wildcats won 14-1 in five innings and 21-2 in six innings.

Senior Vincent Meade had a strong all-around day, pitching the win in the opener and finishing with three hits and six RBIs over the two games.

Meade worked four innings on the mound, allowing no earned runs on two hits and one walk, while striking out six.

He helped his own cause at the plate, finishing finishing 2-for-4 and scoring two runs.

Fellow senior Garrett Christiansen continued to impress, finishing 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.

Another senior, Caden Rocha, was 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

Christiansen’s hot bat carried over into game two, with the senior finishing 2-for-4 with two more RBIs and four runs.

“The kids started slow in both games, but they got it going,” Ferndale head coach Justin Andersen said. “We were aggressive at the plate all day, and we were able to get everyone on the roster an at-bat.”

Another senior, Jenner Christiansen, also had a big game, finishing 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs.

Austin Michael got the win on the mound, pitching three innings.

Michael allowed just one hit and five walks, while striking out three.

Kyler Radelfinger pitched the last three innings to close out the game, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out three.

Radelfinger also had an impact at the plate in game two, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs, while Jack Westfall was 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

For Hoopa, meanwhile, the two starting pitchers both played well, but the team’s lack of pitching depth hurt the Warriors in both games, as the Cats were able to pull away late in each.

Senior Daniel Minton had a good day for Hoopa, pitching well in game one and also finishing with two hits in each game.

Jonathan Martinez battled through some muscle soreness to turn in a solid effort on the mound in game two, allowing just three runs in four innings work.

Kagan Renteria also was 1-for-1 with two walks in the nightcap, while teammate Darvin Davis was 1-for-3 in the opener.

Sophomore Donovan Lone Wolf also showed some promise for the Warriors.

Lone Wolf pitched in a game for the first time ever, recording his first ever strikeout.

“He’s a diamond in the rough,” Hoopa head coach John Snell said. “He’s got an arm and some talent we can develop.”

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