By Ray Hamill — Get set for a busy few days in the Big 5 and Little 4, with several keys games on tap.
Both Little 4 championships could very well be decided this week, although both Big 5 races are likely to go down to the final round of action next week.
With a doubleheader sweep at South Fork on Tuesday, the St. Bernard’s boys improved to 8-0 in the Little 4 and are all but guaranteed the title, which will come as no surprise with the experience and talent the Crusaders have this spring.
They can clinch the championship outright with one win in a doubleheader on Saturday at Ferndale, which is 5-3 in league.
The Hoopa girls can also clinch this week.
The Warriors are 5-1 after a surprise loss at St. Bernard’s (5-3) over the weekend and they will look to get back on track in a doubleheader at home to the Crusaders on Wednesday afternoon.
The Hoopa girls will be motivated after the weekend loss, and a pair of midweek wins would leave them on the brink of a L4 championship, which they could then clinch in a doubleheader against South Fork (4-2) on Friday.
The Big 5, on the other hand, is almost certain to go down to the final week.
In baseball, the Eureka Loggers (6-0) lead the Arcata Tigers (5-1) by just one win, and unless the Tigers get swept by the Del Norte Warriors this week, the championship will most likely be decided when Eureka and Arcata meet in a three-game series next week.
The schedule makers appear to have planned it perfectly.
Fortuna (4-2) also remains in the hunt, but the Huskies will likely need to take at least two of three from Eureka this week to give themselves a shot at the title going into the final week.
The race for the Big 5 championship in softball got a little clearer on Tuesday evening, when the Eureka girls completed a three-game series sweep over Del Norte and improved to 5-1 midway through their league schedule.
The Loggers haven’t blown out most of their league opponents but they are winning their games and they will be tough to stop.
They play three games against Fortuna (2-4) this week — one on Wednesday and two on Saturday— before closing out with three games against Arcata (1-5) next week.
The McKinleyville Panthers, who have a bye this week, are 6-3 in the Big 5 and still in with a shot at the championship, but they’ll likely have to sweep Fortuna next week and get some help from Eureka’s final two opponents.