The Fortuna Huskies capped an impressive opening week in the Big 5 with two more victories at Del Norte on Saturday, winning 3-0 and 7-2 to compete a league-opening series sweep in baseball.
Cole Ayala and Rogan Gans got the wins on the mound and each received plenty of offensive support with the Huskies racking up 21 base hits on the day.
The Fortuna pitchers have now allowed just six walks in the three league opening games this week, and according to head coach Andy Olsen, the team is playing pretty decent defense behind them.
Rylan Lommori had four hits in Saturday’s two wins, while teammate Matt Letter had three hits, including a double, which was his team’s only extra-base hit of the day.
Ayala and Cody Sauers each also had three hits, while Troy Bugbee was 2-for-3 in game one.
Ayala threw all seven innings in the opener, allowing just two hits and a walk and striking out nine.
Gans threw five innings in game two, allowing four hits and four walks and striking out four, with Cayden Danbrauskas pitching two strong hitless innings in relief.
Cole Victorine, Cody Collins, Tyler Schlesiger and Drew Franklin each also had a base hit for the Huskies.
Ethan Thomas pitched well for Del North in game one, striking out eight and walking one in 6.1innings, while giving up just two earned runs.
Freshman Preston Daniels got the start on the mound in game two and threw five good innings.
Neither pitcher, however, got much offensive support.
“Unfortunately we couldn’t get our bats going in either game,” Del Norte head coach Roger Schultz said. “We just need to help our pitchers out more with some run production.”
The in-form William Bommelyn continued to impress with two of his team’s three hits in game one, with jared Dixon also getting a hit.
Bommelyn added two more hits in the nightcap, while Dixon had a double.
Thomas capped a good day by finishing 2-for-2 in game two with a double.
While it was a frustrating way to open league, it wasn’t all bad news for the Warriors.
“We have some good things to take away in the opening series,” the head coach said. “But also some growing pains to overcome. We will continue to grow and get more confident at the plate in time. I still believe this team can compete with anyone in the Big 5, it’s just time for the boys to step up and prove it.”
The Warriors dropped to 0-3 in the Big 5 and 3-5 overall, while Fortuna is now 3-0 and 10-2.