Christiansens lead Ferndale past South Fork with stellar pitching

File photo – Jenner Christiansen

Ferndale seniors Jenner Christiansen and Garrett Christiansen combined to get the better of a resilient South Fork team on Tuesday, as the Wildcats held on for a 5-3 win in H-DNL baseball.

Jenner had a no-hitter going though five innings before being pulled because of his pitch count.

The multi-sport Wildcats standout walked two batters and struck out 12, and was involved in all but one of his team’s outs through the five innings.

He also led the Cats at the plate, finishing 3-for-4 with a run scored.

“That’s the first time we’ve really been able to get deep in the pitch count,” head coach Justin Andersen said. “I was very pleased with Jenner’s performance. He put in a lot of work last year and didn’t get to see the payback, and he’s seeing the payback this year.”

Garrett Christiansen also impressed, pitching the final two innings for the save.

South Fork’s Cameron Messenger broke up the  no-hitter in the sixth, and teammate Crue Contreras followed that with a two-RBI double to get the Cubs on the board and make for an interesting finish.

South fork had two runners in scoring position with two outs in the top of the seventh, but Garrett Christiansen got his team out of the jam.

Ferndale’s Carl Nunes finished 1-for-3 with three RBIs, while Mattias Alejandre was 1-for-3 and Vincent Meade had an RBI.

“We did not play very well offensively,” Andersen said. “Luckily our pitching made up for it.

“Credit to (South Fork) for grinding out the whole game and making things interesting at the end.”

File photo – The Wildcats are now 4-2

With the win, the Cats are now 4-2, while the Cubs are 1-6.

“The boys fought hard,” South Fork head coach Chris Contreras said. “I was super proud.”

The two schools also played a JV game, which ended in a 7-7 tie.

“It was great for both of our young squads,” Chris Contreras said. “The younger kids that don’t see a lot of playing time got some playing time.”

Next up, on Saturday South Fork hosts St. Bernard’s in a doubleheader, while Ferndale plays two against Hoopa.

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