By Ray Hamill — There may not be a Big 5 baseball championship officially handed out this season, but no one can deny the Eureka Loggers would be champs if there was.
Eureka swept two games from closest rivals Arcata at Bomber Field on Friday, winning 8-3 and 4-2 and closing out the season with a 10-2 mark against Big 5 teams and 11-2 overall.
Arcata, which had won eight straight games coming into the day, closed out 8-4 against Big 5 teams and 10-4 overall.
For the second straight week, the Loggers rallied from a series-opening loss on Wednesday to win two on Friday night to take the series.
Several Eureka seniors stepped up in their final games, including Hayden Bode, who finished 4-for-4 at the plate in the opener and followed that with a dominating complete-game performance on the mound in the nightcap.
Bode allowed six hits and one walk in seven innings, while striking out 11.
Fellow senior Keenan Morris also had a big day, hitting a triple in each game and scoring a pair of runs in each game.
Jackson Giacone also had a hit in each game, including a double in game two, while driving in four runs on the day.
Xander Sorenson added a two-RBI double, while Brayden Youkey, Parker Rodgers and Connor Johnson each also had a hit.
Ethan Pesch pitched five strong innings for the win on the mound in windy conditions in game one, allowing four hits and four walks and striking out three.
Gavin Brooks pitched the final two innings, allowing two hits and striking out two.
For Arcata, Mason Nichols was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in game one, while Isaiah Levy was 2-for-2 and Nick Parker had a triple and an RBI.
Parker took the loss on the mound, allowing 10 hits and three walks in seven innings, and striking out four.
In game two, Vincent Agliolo was 2-for-3 with a double, with additional hits by Parker, Alex Gorge and Cedar Cline.
Finn McRea took the loss on the mound.