By Ray Hamill — The Big 5 favorites didn’t disappoint in their league opener on Wednesday against a resilient Fortuna team.
Opening a week later than the rest of the Big 5, the Arcata boys looked eager from the get-go and put up five runs in the first inning on the way to a 9-6 win in a game played at Mack High.
Vincent Agliolo got the win on the mound, while Alex Gorge and Isaiah Levy each had two hits as the Tigers held on against a Huskies team that refused to quit after a rough start.
Agliolo allowed four earned runs in five innings work and struck out five, with teammate Miles Oliver tossing two innings in relief.
Finn McRae rounded out an eight-hit team performance.
The Huskies lost for the first time in league play after sweeping their opening series against Del Norte last week, but they showed plenty of fight.
“I was pleased with how we responded,” Fortuna head coach Andy Olsen said. “We had a rough start but the kids never gave up.
“Agliolo is one of the best pitchers in the county and we made him work. We put the ball in play.”
Drew Franklin took the loss on the mound, but overcame a slow start and settled into the game before Daniel Osborne took over in the fourth and threw three scoreless innings.
Cody Collins, Cole Ayala and Cody Sauers all did some damage at the plate and had two hits each, including a home run by Collins and a pair of doubles by Ayala.
Osborne also had a double, while Rylan Lommori, Tyler Schlesiger and Colt Chamberlain each also had a hit.
With the win, the Tigers are now 1-0 in the Big 5 and 9-1 overall, while the Huskies are 3-1 and 10-3.
The two teams will close out a three-game series with a doubleheader at Fortuna on Saturday.