Fortuna’s Libby Johnston held a red-hot Panthers lineup to just three hits in game two of a doubleheader at McKinleyville, as the two teams split on Saturday.
The Panthers took game one 8-4, with the Huskies taking the nightcap 3-0.
Johnston struck out 12 and got the better of exchanges in an exciting pitchers’ duel, with McKinleyville’s Raina Ausburn just as dominant and allowing only four hits while striking out 15.
Johnston was just as influential at the plate, finishing with five hits and four RBIs on the day, including hitting a double and driving in all three of her team’s runs in game two.
Teammates Renee Metz and Kelsi Hall each also hit successfully in both games, while Kylee Fennell had two hits in game one.
Fennell took the loss in the circle in game one, allowing eight hits and striking out 11.
McKinleyville’s Allie Egbert continued her impressive season and got the win, allowing nine hits and striking out six.
Game one was a close affair until the bottom of the fifth, when Kennedy Minton drove in two runs for the home team to break a 4-4 tie.
Hoopa girls complete perfect season
The Hoopa Warriors became the second local team to complete a perfect season in softball with a doubleheader sweep over St. Bernard’s on Friday.
The Warriors won game one 10-0, and then took game two 21-0 in five innings.
Savannah Colegrove struck out 10 on her way to the win in the circle in the opener, while also finishing with three hits on the day.
Tatianna Colegrove got the win in game two, striking out five in five innings.
Tatianna also had four hits on the day, including an inside-the-park home run and a double in game two.
Senior Beyonce Bussell closed out her high school softball career with a bang, finishing with three hits in each game, including a triple and two doubles for the day.
Nalani Colegrove also had a good day at the plate, finishing with five hits, including a triple, while Bethany Masten was 3-for-4 with a double in the nightcap.
Senior K-Lynn Dowd added two hits in each game to also finish her high school career in style, while Zoe Booth had three hits on the day and Diamond Bibancos was 2-for-2 in the opener.
Lorenita McKinnon also had a hit in game two.