A young McKinleyville team is beginning to find its groove on the baseball fields.
On Wednesday, the Panthers won their second straight game, holding on to beat the Cubs at South Fork High, 5-4.
Freshman Evan Fraser threw six strong innings for the win, his first in high school.
“I was really impressed with the the freshman, and with his poise on the mound,” McKinleyville head coach Scott St. John said. “He gave us six strong innings, and it was great to see he can handle the situation.”
Junior Logan Maher also continued to impress on both sides of the plate.
The catcher threw out three runners and also finished with a single, a double, a sac fly and three RBIs.
“He’s consistently one of our better hitters,” St. John said of Maher.
The Panthers, who have just two seniors this season, are now 4-7 and are beginning to show some promise.
“It felt good,” St. John said. “We’re seeing some little steps that we’re happy about.”
Tanner Curran had a big day at the plate for the Cubs, who rallied from a 5-1 deficit to make things interesting at the end.
Curran was 2-for-4 and scored two runs, while John Harding had a big bases-clearing double in the sixth to pull his team within one run.
“It was a great game,” South Fork head coach Chris Contreras said. “We made a couple of mental mistakes, but all in all we played a lot better defensively.”
The Cubs, who are now 1-9, had just one error.