The McKinleyville Panthers scored six runs in the bottom of the first and made it count on the way to a 7-2 win over visiting Ferndale on Tuesday afternoon.
The Panthers scored the six runs on just two hits and six walks, as the Cats started slowly.
And that was as much as Panthers ace Corbin Eichin would need, as the senior pitched six innings for the win.
“We came out quick. We got six runs in the first, but we kind of let off the throttle a little bit,” McKinleyville head coach Scott St. John said. “We need to develop a killer mentality when we have the opportunity, but I’m not going to complain about a win.”
Eichin was dominant against a Ferndale team that had won five straight, allowing five hits and two walks, while striking out 12.
“It was probably the best game of the year for him,” St. John said.
Austin Brown pitched one inning in relief to seal the win.
Garrett Christiansen took the loss on the mound, pitching one inning before Vincent Meade came in to relieve him and allowed just one run over the next four innings.
Meade also was 1-for-3 with a double, while Kyler Radelfinger was 2-for-4.
“I was happy with the way they responded (after the first inning),” Ferndale head coach Justin Andersen said of his players. “We played solid defense and our bats got better as we went on.”
Ferndale’s Ben Gomes also was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Logan Maher continued to have an impact for McKinleyville, finishing 2-for-4, as did Jack Saso, who was 2-for-3.
Brodie Sargent also drove in two runs, as McKinleyville improved to 3-7.
Brown and T-Ryan Stumpf each also had a hit in the win.
Ferndale is now 6-3.
St. Bernard’s 13, Hoopa 2
The St. Bernard’s Crusaders continued to roll over Little 4 opposition with a comfortable 13-2 win at Hoopa on Tuesday afternoon.
Drew Vizenor was instrumental in the win, pitching one inning for the victory on the mound and finishing with three hits.
The standout junior was 3-for-4 with two doubles, three runs and two RBIs.
He struck out two batters in one hitless inning, with Jason Meyer and Brody Tomlin both pitching in relief.
Meyer struck out five in two innings, while Tomlin struck out four in two innings.
Dylan Jimenez, Peyton Smith, Braeden Zimmerman and Brayden Luna each also had a hit in the win, with Luna also driving in two runs.
With the win, the Crusaders improved to 8-2 on the season, including a perfect 8-0 mark against Little 4 teams.