McKinleyville girls jump up to second in Big 5 standings

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Third baseman Rebecca Barnett makes a throw to first during Saturday’s doubleheader.

The McKinleyville girls moved up to second in the Big 5 softball standings after winning two more games against the Tigers in Arcata on Saturday to complete a three-game weekend series sweep.

The Panthers won 11-5 and 12-1 and improved to 6-3 in league and 11-4 overall, while the Tigers dropped to 1-5 and 4-7.

Trinity Preston led the way at the plate for the Mack girls in game one, finishing 4-for-5 with a home run, a double and five RBIs, while teammate Taya Gomes was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs and Bailee Box was 3-for-4 with a double.

The Tigers started fast and opened up a four-run lead in the bottom of the first inning, but the visiting Panthers answered immediately with five runs in the top of the second and would add four more in the sixth to take control.

McKinleyville’s Raina Ausburn added a home run and Camryn Pinard a double, while Kennedy Minton, Allie Egbert and Mashell Stumpf each had a hit.

Egbert got the win in the pitcher’s circle, allowing eight hits and one walk and striking out five, and settled into the game nicely.

Morgan Ford led the Tigers at the plate and was 3-for-4 , while Corrina Cunningham was 2-for-4, Sagen Sarchett had a double and Lily Cunningham and Ella Brown each had a hit.

The nightcap was close for much of the game, with the Panthers holding a slender 2-1 lead heading into the sixth before pulling away with 10 late runs.

Ausburn pitched seven strong innings for the victory in the circle, allowing just three hits and one walk,

The senior standout also was 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs, while Jessie Driggs also had a big game and finished 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.

Pinard continued to impress with two more hits, while Preston capped a big day with another hit.

Egbert, Minton, Gomes and Rebecca Barnett each also had a hit.

Corrina Cunningham, Sarchett and Aria Soberanis each had a hit for the Tigers.

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