By Ray Hamill — With their league opener now just a few days away, the Eureka girls continued to roll on Friday, opening the Crusader Classic with a 6-0 win over Del Norte at the Bear River Sports Complex.
Kira Morris got the win in the circle in what was an entertaining pitchers’ duel, with Del Norte’s McKenna Curtis also dominating for much of the game.
Morris threw five innings of one-hit ball and struck out seven batters, and she helped her open cause by going 1-for-2 at the plate and driving in two big runs in the top of the fifth as the Loggers began to pull away.
Eureka led by a run early, but there was little to separate these two Big 5 rivals for the next few innings, with the Warriors also threatening early but stranding two runners in scoring position in the bottom of the first.
Senior Payton Goodman had a big game for Eureka, finishing 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI.
Senior Josephine Heuberger led the way at the plate for the Warriors and finished 2-for-2 with a double, while also playing solid defense at shortstop.
Curtis allowed just three hits and two walks and struck out seven.
With the win, Eureka improved to 5-0, while Del Norte is now 5-3.
The two teams will continue tourney play with two games each on Saturday.
The Loggers play Arcata at 9 a.m., while Del Norte plays Upper Lake at 10:40 p.m.
Also at the Crusader Classic on Friday, the St. Bernard’s girls lost their opening game, falling 8-6 to Upper Lake.
Teammate Courteney Goodman was 1-for-2 with a run, while Ella Jimenez, Hannah Finck and Kiara McGinnis each also had a hit.
The Crusaders will continue tourney play against Etna on Saturday at 12:20 p.m.
The Hoopa girls also were in action on Friday and hit four home runs in a 12-2 win over Modoc.
In other local softball action on Friday, McKinleyville won a pair of games against St. Helena and Credo and improved to 5-1 on the season. No scores or stats were immediately available.