Tigers overcome strong start by the Warriors to remain unbeaten

Submitted photos – Arcata’s Alex Gorge pitched a five-inning one-hitter at Hoopa on Thursday.

The Hoopa Warriors gave the Arcata Tigers all they could handle early in Thursday’s non-league baseball showdown between the two schools, before the Big 5 favorites pulled away to a comfortable 12-0 in five innings.

The Tigers, who improved to 4-0 on the season, racked up 17 hits and held a young Hoopa team to just one hit, as they continue their preparation for the Big 5, which gets under way next week.

Alex Gorge had a big game in the win, pitching all five innings for the victory on the mound, while also finishing 3-for-4 at the plate.

The senior allowed just one hit and no walks, while striking out 10.

“I thought we played well,” head coach Troy Ghisetti said. “We had a couple of chances to hit the ball a little better, but overall I thought we played pretty well.”

Finn McRae also had a big afternoon at the plate and finished 3-for-4, while Wilson Medina and Noah Waterhouse each was 2-for-4.

Hoopa head coach Joe O’Rourke was more than happy with his young team’s performance against a very experienced and senior-heavy Arcata team.

“I was really, really pleased with how they played,” the first-year head coach said. “In the first two innings, they played like champs. We just need to maintain that.

“It’s a young team. It’s just a matter of building their confidence and that just comes with experience.”

A number of players played well defensively for Hoopa, including talented shortstop Darvin Davis IV.

“Darvin is just a go-getter,” O’Rourke said. “He pulled off some spectacular plays for us.”

Steven Hatter also continued his good start to the season with some big plays at second base, while right fielder Bear Little and centerfielder Brian Gulley each also played well defensively.

Freshman Brandon Romero got the start on the mound and “did well for his first time pitching,” according to the head coach.

“Hoopa competed,” Ghisetti said. “They stayed in the game.”

The Warriors are now 0-3, as they get set to open the Little 4 at home to St. Bernard’s on Saturday.

The Tigers will look to keep their unbeaten start to the new season going at Kelseyville on Saturday.

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