Trinity Preston remained red-hot at the plate on Wednesday, as the McKinleyville girls won their fourth straight game in H-DNL softball, beating Arcata 14-7.
Preston finished 4-for-5 with a home run and two doubles, while driving in six of her team’s runs.
It was the third time in four games that the standout sophomore has hit a home run.
Junior Allie Egbert also hit a home run in the win, as the Panthers improved to 4-3 on the season.
Sophomore Camryn Pinard also continued to impress, finishing with two hits, including a triple, while Ashley Ballew and Kennedy Minton each also had two hits, including a double by Ballew.
Raina Ausburn pitched the win, allowing just five hits and eight walks in seven innings, while striking out eight.
Cameron Heenan, Mashell Stumpf and Taya Gomes each had a double.
After falling behind 4-0 early, the Tigers rallied to take a 5-4 lead, but the Panthers answered with five runs in the top of the third and were able to hold on down the stretch.
Arcata’s Morgan Ford continued to impress at the plate, finishing 1-for-2 with three walks, while Sagen Sarchett had a two-RBI double.
Senior Lola Renteria was 2-for-4 with two sacrifice bunts and two RBIs.
The Tigers were shorthanded, with injuries mounting after a short preseason.
“We were given two weeks to prepare,” Arcata head coach Teresa Stavert said. “This has led to many injuries for our team.”
The Tigers are now 2-4.
The two teams will play again in a doubleheader at McKinleyville on Saturday.