Hoopa Valley

Crusaders top the Little 4 leaders in doubleheader split

Photos by Ray Hamill/HumboldtSports.com – Ella Jimenez got the win in the pitcher’s circle and drove in the winning run on a walk-of base hit against Little 4 leaders Hoopa on Saturday.

The race for the Little 4 got a little more interesting on Saturday, as the St. Bernard’s girls handed the Hoopa Warriors their first conference loss with a thrilling finish.

After dropping the opening game of a doubleheader in Samoa 16-2, the Crusaders won the game two 3-2 on a walk-off.

Ella Jimenez not only pitched the win in the circle, but also drove in teammate Courteney Goodman for the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.

“We are so proud of our girls,” assistant coach Brian Finck said. “They have worked so hard at practice.”

Kodi Meyers had a big game at the plate in the win and finished 3-for-3 with a walk, while Goodman and Hannah Finck each finished 2-for-4 with a run.

The SB defense also turned a crucial 6-4-3 double play to get out of a jam in the top of the sixth to set up the exciting finish.

The Warriors, who came into the game 5-0 in the Little 4, had six hits in the loss, including two by Nalani Colegrove and a triple by Tatianna Colegrove.

Diamond Bibancos, Jewely Bibancos and Nae-Rew Martin each also had a hit, while Savannah Colegrove took a rare loss in the circle, walking four and striking out four.

Game one was a very different story, with the Warriors accounting for 14 team hits, including a 3-for-5 performance by Diamond Bibancos.

Jewely Bibancos and Nalani Colegrove each was 2-for-3 with a double, while Bella Valentine was 2-for-5, Martin added a double and Tatianna Colegrove, Roxie Robinson, Savannah Colegrove and Bethany Masten each added a hit.

Tatianna Colegrove struck out nine for the win in the circle.

Jimenez took the loss, while also finishing 2-for-3 at the plate and stealing a base.

St. Bernard’s Teressa Riley was 1-for-2 with a run and made some big plays in left field.

“She has made some great strides in her senior year,” Brian Finck said of Riley.

With the split, Hoopa is now 5-1 in the Little 4 and 11-4 overall, while St. Bernard’s is 3-3 and 5-10.

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