The Ferndale seniors didn’t want to lose the final home games of their high school baseball careers.
So they found a way to win.
Playing against Del Norte, the Cats plated the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth inning to break a 4-4 tie, and held on after that for a 5-4 win.
Senior Jenner Christiansen, who is enjoying a stellar final campaign, was instrumental once again, finishing 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs.
Christiansen led off the sixth inning with a double, and would score the winning run moments later on a Paden Prior sac fly.
“I was impressed with the performance of our seniors,” said Ferndale head coach Justin Andersen, praising the play of Jenner Christiansen, Garrett Christiansen, Vincent Meade and Kyler Radelfinger. “They weren’t going to let us lose the last game on their home field.”
Radelfinger was 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Meade got the win on the mound, throwing two innings of one-hit ball in relief of Garrett Christiansen.
Prior and Ben Gomes each also had a hit.
“The last four games we’re playing well defensively,” said Andersen, whose team improved to 7-5. “So we played well enough to keep us in the game and give us the opportunity to win.”
Jared Dixon had a big day for Del Norte, finishing 3-for-4 with two runs, while teammate Daylen O’Reilley was 1-for-3 with a run and two RBIs and Ethan Thomas had a hit.
Thomas took the loss on the mound in relief of starter Brody Mattz, who pitched four solid innings.
The game was the final one of the season for Del Norte, which closes out 3-11.
Ferndale travels to play two games at South Fork on Saturday.