By Ray Hamill — Eureka’s Myles Standish pitched four hitless innings and his offense exploded for 17 hits, as the Loggers opened the Big 5 with a comfortable 11-1 win over McKinleyville in five innings at Bomber Field in Eureka on Wednesday.
The Loggers took control of the game with six runs in the bottom of the second inning and that was more than enough for Standish and his defense.
The junior ace was in complete control and allowed just two walks, while striking out eight of the 14 batters he faced.
And he got plenty of offensive help, with nine different Eureka players hitting successfully.
Rogan Bode led the way and finished 3-for-4 with an inside-the-park home run and three RBIs, while Jackson Giacone was 2-for-2 with a home run.
Standish rounded out a big all-around day with a pair of doubles, while Richard Reeves and Ean Savage both also had two base hits, including a triple each.
Caden Vance and Cole Zeller also had two hits apiece, including a double by Vance, while Abel Lopez and Cooper Ohlsen each added a hit.
Matteo Guitierrez pitched one inning in relief, allowing one unearned run on one hit.
The Loggers improved to 1-0 in the Big 5 and 5-6 overall.
Tyson Bragg got the only hit of the game for the Panthers, who dropped to 0-1 in the Big 5 and 6-4 overall.
Evan Fraser got the loss on the mound.
Both teams will continue league play in a doubleheader at McKinleyville on Saturday.
Fortuna 4, Del Norte 2
Cole Ayala finished 3-for-3 at the plate with a single, a double and a triple, as the Huskies rallied from an early deficit to open league play with a two-run win over visiting Del Norte.
After the Warriors had taken a two-run lead in the top of the first, the Huskies tied things up in the bottom half of the inning and were able to keep the visitors at bay the rest of the way thanks to some solid pitching from Drew Franklin and Matt Letter.
Franklin threw five innings for the win, allowing just two earned runs on four hits and a walk and striking out four.
Letter pitched the final two innings for the save, holding the Warriors to one hit and striking out two.
The Huskies played solid defense behind both pitchers.
“I thought our defense made some plays to get out of innings, and our pitchers were pretty solid,” head coach Andy Olsen said.
Brody Mattz also pitched well for the Warriors, who dropped to 0-1 in the Big 5 and 3-3 overall.
“It was a good pitching matchup,” Olsen said.
Offensively, Letter, Daniel Osborne, Cody Collins and Troy Bugbee each also had a base hit in the win, including a double by Letter.
William Bommelyn had a big day at the plate for the visitors and finished 3-for-4 with a double, while Jared Dixon had a triple and Cole Blackburn a double to round out a five-hit team performance.
“Their top three guys are pretty solid,” Olsen said. “After that we were able to contain them.”
The two teams will complete a three-game series in Crescent City on Saturday at noon.