Arcata’s Taylor Appy hasn’t been playing the game of softball long, but the hard work is already beginning to pay off.
On Saturday, Appy capped an outstanding day at the plate with a walk-off base hit to secure a doubleheader sweep over Del Norte at Arcata High.
She finished 5-for-8 on the day, scoring teammate Morgan Ford for a 9-8 win in the nightcap, after the Arcata girls had won the opener 19-9.
“Taylor works so hard in practice,” Arcata head coach Teresa Wheat said. “She is new to the game but listens to what we say and works out at home.”
Del Norte scored three runs in the top of the seventh to break a tie and lead 8-5.
Ford sparked the comeback with a big two-RBI double in the bottom half of the inning, before a Lola Renteria RBI base hit tied things up at 8-8 to set up the late dramatics.
Del Norte then walked Arcata’s No. 3 hitter Sagen Sarchett, who has been a huge threat all season, to bring Appy to the plate.
“She made me cry when she got that hit, because I know how many hours she had put in and how far she has come,” Wheat added.
Ford continued to impress in the circle, pitching both wins.
The day got off to an exciting start when Del Norte’s Josephine Heuberger hit the first pitch of game one over the right field fence for a home run.
Arcata responded immediately, scoring three times in the bottom of the first, and pulled away with eight more runs in the third.
Renteria had a big game, finishing 3-for-3 with three stolen bases and three runs, while teammate Bella Voltz-Broughton was 3-for-4 with three runs.
Ford and Sarchett each had two hits and three runs.
“My players did a great job working the counts today, working eight walks from Del Norte pitchers,” Wheat said.
With the two wins, the Tigers improved to 5-6, while the Warriors dropped to 2-10.