SOFTBALL ROUNDUP — Loggers win Crusader Classic on busy day for local teams

Ray Hamill/ – The Eureka Loggers won the Crusader Classic this weekend.

The Eureka girls defeated Etna 9-0 in the championship game at the Crusader Classic on Saturday night, capping a couple of big days at the Bear River Sports Complex.

The Loggers also defeated Arcata 5-0 earlier in the day and are now 7-0 on the season, with the Big 5 set to begin next week.

No stats from the Eureka games were immediately available.

In other local softball action on Saturday, the St. Bernard’s girls dropped two games at their own Crusader Classic, losing 10-0 to Etna and 14-4 to Arcata.

The Del Norte Warriors also were in action at the Crusader Classic, bouncing back from an opening day loss against Eureka on Friday to beat Upper Lake twice on Saturday, winning 8-6 and 11-2 and placing third in the tournament.

At Fortuna, the Huskies split a pair of games against Fort Bragg in non-tournament action, losing for the first time this season.

The Fortuna girls dropped the opener 5-3 in eight innings and bounced back to win the second game 5-4.

The Hoopa Warriors also were in action on Saturday, winning a pair of games against Redding Christian and Trinity to win the Trinity tournament.

Etna 10, St. Bernard’s 0

Arcata 14, St. Bernard’s 4

The Crusaders continued their preparation for the Little 4 with some much-needed game time at their own tournament on Friday and Saturday.

Kodi Meyer and Courteney Goodman each went 1-for-3 for St. Bernard’s against Etna, with Goodman continuing her impressive tournament showing against Arcata and finishing 2-for-4 and also scoring one of her team’s runs.

Teammate Kiara McGinnis was 2-for-3 against Arcata.

Ella Jimenez pitched both games for the Crusaders as she continues to develop.

The SB coaches described the two-day, six-team tournament as “a huge success” on its return and say it will be even bigger and better next year.

“We want to thank Bear River for hosting the tournament on their beautiful artificial turf facility and all the teams that participated,” assistant coach Brian Finck said.

No stats were immediately available for Arcata.

Del Norte 8, Upper Lake 6

Del Norte 11, Upper Lake 2

The Warriors improved to 7-3 and look well capable of competing for a Big 5 championship this year after a strong showing at the Crusader Classic.

Freshman Shay Nolan got the win in the circle in game one on Saturday, allowing just one earned run on four hits and one walk and striking out five.

Nolan also had a big game at the plate, finishing 2-for-2, while the ever-dangerous Josephine Heuberger was 1-for-3.

Pitcher McKenna Curtis got the win in game two, striking out five and walking two, while allowing just two earned runs.

Hard-hitting sophomore Alexis Heuberger led the way at the plate, finishing 2-for-5 with a triple, a double, two RBIs and two runs.

Older sister Josephine was 2-for-4, with a double, a walk and two RBIs, while Hailee Harrison was 2-for-3 and also had a stolen base.

Teammate Koy-Poh McQuillen also had a hit and a stolen base.

Fort Bragg 5, Fortuna 3, 8 innings

Fortuna 5, Fort Bragg 4

The Huskies have made a habit of winning close games this spring and that continued on Saturday.

After dropping the opening game of their doubleheader against the Timberwolves, the Fortuna girls broke a late 4-4 tie to take game two.

Freshman Myra Hayes played well beyond her years in the win, leading off the bottom of the sixth with a base hit and then stealing her way to second before reaching home plate to score what would be the winning run on fellow freshman Mariah Bravo’s base hit.

Both freshmen finished with a pair of hits, including a double by Bravo, and both played well defensively as well.

“Our freshman Mariah Bravo and Myra Hayes really stepped up today both at the plate and in the field ,” head coach Eric Helms said. 

So too did Kelsi Hall, who hit a clutch home run in the fourth to give the home team a momentum building 4-2 lead in game two, before the visitors battled back to tie the game with two runs in the top of the sixth.

Libby Johnston, Catherine Duncan and Faith Helms each also had a hit in the win, while Johnston was a warrior all day and pitched 14 innings over the two games.

Johnston got the win in the nightcap, before teammate Kylee Fennell came in to get the save.

Johnston also was 2-for- 4 at the plate in game one, while Fennell, Duncan, Hall, Helms and Kadence Mace each also had a hit.

Fort Bragg’s Cassidy Baroni was sensational in her team’s win, pitching a complete game for the victory and going 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles.

Teammate Lucy Hendricks hit what would be a game-winning triple in the eighth to drive in a pair of runs.

The Huskies are now 9-1, including three one-run wins in the last week.

“These girls have so much heart.” Eric Helms said. “They all believe they can win any game, that they’re never out of the game. They persevere.”

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