It was a good opening weekend for a couple of local high school baseball teams, with the Fortuna Huskies and McKinleyville Panthers both sweeping road doubleheaders in Mendocino County on Saturday.
The Huskies traveled to Fort Bragg and won both games 8-3 and 7-1, while the Panthers won two at Willits by scores of 10-5 in eight innings and 8-5.
The Eureka Loggers were also in action over the weekend, losing 7-0 at West County on Friday night and dropping to 1-2 on the season.
Sophomore pitcher Evan Fraser got the win on the mound in game one for Mack, tossing four strong innings in relief, while senior Logan Maher got the new season off to an impressive start at the plate, finishing 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.
Fraser struck out four and allowed just one run on three hits and four walks.
The Panthers started strong, putting up five runs in the top of the first inning, but the home team gradually chipped away at the lead and tied the game in the bottom of the sixth.
The Panthers, however, came out swinging in extra innings, plating five runs in the top of the eighth and holding on for the win.
Freshman Bryce Sargent finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs, while his brother, senior Brodie Sargent, was 1-for-3 with a triple and an RBI.
Jack Saso singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, while teammates Tyson Bragg, Tenoch Tapia, Austin Brown and Riley Bates each also had a hit in the win.
The Panthers started fast again in game two, scoring four times in the opening inning, and breaking a late 4-4 tie with three runs over the fifth and sixth innings.
Sophomore Branson Dobrec got the start on the mound and pitched five strong innings for the win, striking out four and allowing eight hits and walks.
Austin Brown also threw well in relief, striking out four in two late innings, while allowing just one hit and three walks.
Tapia, Brodie Sargent, Bryce Sargent, Bates and Dobrec each had a base hit in the win.
Huskies come out swinging
The Huskies also started strong in game one of their doubleheader, scoring six runs in the opening two innings and holding the Timberwolves scoreless over the final five innings of the game.
Juniors Matt Letter and Cody Collins each had a pair of hits in the win and each had a home run, with Collins driving in five of his team’s runs.
Daniel Osborne also had two hits, while Cole Ayala and Drew Franklin each had a double.
Franklin got the win on the mound, tossing all seven innings and allowing just four hits and one walk, while striking out seven.
In game two, the Huskies broke a 0-0 tie with two runs in the top of the fourth and added four more an inning later to take control.
Tyler Schlesiger hit as solo home run to highlight a seven-hit team performance, with Ayala and Cody Sauers each also hitting a double.
Letter, Osborne, Rylan Lommori and Troy Bugbee each also finished with a hit.
Rogan Gans pitched six innings for the win, allowing just one run on seven hits and no walks, while striking out five.
Letter tossed one hitless inning in relief.