The result didn’t go their way, but there were plenty of encouraging signs for the Hoopa Warriors in Thursday’s season opener in baseball.
The Warriors fell 13-2 in six innings at Del Norte, but turned in a strong defensive performance and also enjoyed a solid outing on the mound by Steven Hatter, before the Del Norte bats took control late in the game.
“Steven Hatter did an awesome job,” first-year head coach Joe O’Rourke said of the sophomore starter.
Darvin Davis IV and Brian Gulley each also made some big plays.
“We’ve got to work on developing our secondary pitchers, but I was pleased with how we played,” O’Rourke said.
The 0-1 Warriors won’t play again until March 22 when they travel to Fortuna.