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Slowly waking the beast, Hoopa Warriors continue to roll with tourney win

Hoopa Athletics – The Hoopa girls celebrate their tournament championship at Trinity on Saturday.

The Hoopa Warriors continued their preparation for the Little 4 by winning the Trinity tournament on Saturday and improving to 5-2 on the season.

The Warriors, who will begin league play at South Fork next Friday, opened the tournament with a 12-2 win over Modoc on Friday and followed that with a 27-0 win over Redding Christian and a 17-2 win over Trinity to secure the tournament title on Saturday.

Hoopa’s Savannah Colegrove was named tournament MVP, while teammates Jewely Bibancos, Tatianna Colegrove and Nae-rew Martin were all named to the all-tournament team.

“I’m slowly waking the beast,” head coach Ryan Colegrove said of her team, which is improving each week and is poised to be the team to beat in the Little 4 and beyond this season.

The Warriors are the defending North Coast Section Division-V champions, having won in 2019, the last time the section held playoffs, and they are currently ranked No. 2 in the division behind only Clear Lake, according to MaxPreps.

The Warriors’ only two losses this season have come by one run each against a pair of Big 5 schools in games the coach feels they should have won.

And they appear to have a balanced and deep lineup.

“We’re an all-around strong team,” the coach said. “These girls have been playing together so long and they have a really good strong bond.

“My pitching is exceptional right now, and we have really strong defense, especially in the infield, and throughout the lineup and bench I have really strong hitting.”

Savannah Colegrove got the win in the circle against Trinity, finishing with seven strikeouts and no walks, while also going 2-for-2 at the plate with a triple, a double and a pair of walks.

Her sister Tatianna was 3-for-5 with a double after pitching a perfect game earlier in the day against Redding Christian.

 

Jewely Bibancos, Diamond Bibancos and Nalani Colegrove each also had two hits in the Trinity win, while Martin, Bethany Masten and Bella Valentine each added a base hit.

Against Redding Christian, Tatianna retired all 15 batters she faced, including 11 with strikeouts, and her defense backed her with an errorless game.

At the plate, Renee Doolittle was 5-for-5 with three RBIs and Jewely Bibancos was 3-4 with six RBIs.

Tatianna Colegrove also had an impact at the plate and was 3-for-4 with a double, while Savannah Colegrove was 3-for-6 with two doubles.

Diamond Bibancos was 3-for-5 with a double, Masten was 3-for-4 with a double, Bella Valentine was 4-for-5, and Martin had a triple and two RBIs.

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