Loggers open strong, sweep three-game road trip

File photo – Kira Morris, left, and McKenna Beach are both back for the Loggers and got the new season off to an impressive start this past weekend.

The Eureka girls got the new softball season off to a flying start this past weekend, sweeping a three-game road trip with two routs and a thrilling extra-innings victory.

The Loggers opened the new campaign with a 2-1 win over Red Bluff in nine innings on Friday and followed that with a pair of victories over Shasta on Saturday, winning 23-2 in five innings and 19-0 in three innings.

Kira Morris was one of several standouts on the weekend, pitching two wins and playing a key role in setting up the winning run in the opener.

Morris pitched all nine innings against Red Bluff, allowing just one hit and striking out 17.

The junior also was 1-for-3 at the plate and laid down a sac bunt to move what would be the winning run to third base.

McKenna Beach then singled in the go-ahead score and that would prove to be enough with Morris dominating in the circle.

Beach also had a good game behind the plate, throwing out a pair of Spartans base runners on steal attempts.

Meghan Hampton also was 1-for-4 in the win with a stolen base, while teammate Payton Goodman drove in Hampton to tie the game in the sixth.

The two games against Shasta were blowouts.

Morris got the win the circle in the first game, striking out seven in five innings, and also was 3-for-5 at the plate with a pair of stolen bases.

Hampton finished 4-for-5 with two stolen bases, while Beach hit a pair of home runs and finished with five RBIs.

Kaitlin Giacone got the win in the circle in the second Shasta game, striking out four batters in three hitless innings, while also finishing 3-for-4 at the plate with a triple.

Claire Maples was 3-for-3 with two stolen bases, while Hampton capped a big weekend going 2-for-3 with four RBIs.

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