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Hard work paying off as Wildcats sweep Cubs in L4 openers

The Ferndale Wildcats got their first wins of the young season at an opportune time on Saturday, sweeping a league opening baseball doubleheader at South Fork, 10-2 and 12-4.

A young Ferndale team has taken its lumps early in the season but has been slowly and steadily improving and is now 2-0 in the Little 4 and 2-4 overall.

“I was pleased with our pitchers. They threw a lot of strikes,” head coach Justin Andersen said. “It’s good to see their hard work paying off. We’ve still got a lot of work to do, but we’re headed in the right direction.”

Austin Michael pitched a complete game in the opener and allowed just three hits in the win, while also finishing 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs.

Teammate Levi Dixon finished 1-for-4 with a three-run home run, while Cole Carmesin was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a run.

Dixon remained hot at the plate in the second game, finishing 2-for-5 with two runs, while Carmesin, Parker Prior and Mattias Alejandre each had a base hit and drove in a run.

Prior pitched two innings for the win on the mound, with Mattias Alejandre and Jonah Anderson both strong in relief.

Errors proved costly for the Cubs who dropped to 0-2 in the Little 4.

Bronc Contreras and Zech Wilks each hit a solo home run in the opening loss, while John Harding impressed on the mound.

In game two, the Cubs fell behind 6-1 early and were unable to recover.

Tanner Curran provided the offensive highlight for the home team in the second game with a solo home run.

League play continues next weekend, when the Cats travel to play St. Bernard’s and South Fork hosts Hoopa.

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