Loggers, Warriors face off in entertaining pitchers’ duel

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Eureka’s Kira Morris rounds second base after hitting a triple in the bottom of the sixth inning on Tuesday.

By Ray Hamill — Two of the best pitchers in the H-DNL did not disappoint on Tuesday, as the Loggers edged Hoopa 3-0 in Eureka in a non-league softball showdown.

Eureka junior Kira Morris got the win in the circle, but Hoopa senior Savannah Colegrove matched her stride for stride for much of the afternoon and there was little to separate these two teams in what was a highly-entertaining pitchers’ duel.

Morris allowed just two hits in seven shutout innings and struck out 11, while Colegrove held a dangerous Eureka lineup scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning and also struck out 11.

Morris also scored the winning run, hitting a lead-off triple in the bottom of the sixth and reaching home plate moments later on a McKenna Beach base hit.

Beach would add a second run on a defensive error, and the Loggers would make it 3-0 when Tahlyia Curtice singled to drive home Zia Gee later in the inning.

And that was all Morris and her defense would need, as the Eureka girls improved to 10-1 and quickly got back to winning ways after Friday’s extra-innings loss at McKinleyville.

The Loggers had their chances earlier in the game and had runners at second and third with no outs in the bottom of the fourth only for Colegrove to strike out three straight to get out of the jam.

The ever-dangerous Beach finished 2-for-2 and also reached base after being hit by a pitch, while Curtice also had a big day at the plate and was 2-for-3.

Colegrove and Bethany Masten each had a hit for Hoopa, which dropped to 7-3, with their only three losses coming in close games against Big 5 teams.

Defensively, Kaitlin Giacone made a couple of nice grabs at shortstop for back-to-back outs in the bottom of the fourth, while Hoopa left fielder Bella Valentine made a nice runing catch in windy conditions.

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