Sophomore pitcher steps up as Cubs win two at Hoopa

File photo – The Cubs win two games at Hoopa on Friday.

Sophomore pitcher Justin Freitas is giving the South Fork Cubs a boost on the mound late in the season.

After impressing in his first start at Ferndale last week, Freitas stepped up again at Hoopa on Friday, playing a key role in a doubleheader sweep.

The Cubs won 7-4 and 13-1 in five innings.

Freitas struck out 14 batters in 6.2 innings for the win in game one, allowing just three runs on four hits and four walks.

“I’m very impressed with how well Justin is pitching,” said head coach Chris Contreras, who added that Cubs pitching coach Garrett Wiley has “really got him on the right track.”

John Harding got the final out for the save.

Offensively, Makani Buck-Zulim also continued to impress and finished 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, while Evrett Paula was 3-for-4 with two doubles and “has been a rock behind the plate all season,” according to the head coach.

Tanner Curran also had a monster day at the plate despite battling a lingering injury and finished 8-for-8 over the two games with five RBIs.

Harding pitched all five innings for the win in game two, allowing just two hits and striking out seven.

Freitas capped a big all-around day in game two by finishing 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, two RBIs and two runs.

Evrett Paula

With the wins, the Cubs improved to 5-5 in the Little 4 and 10-10 overall.

No stats were immediately available for the Warriors, who dropped to 0-10 in league play and 1-14 overall.

“Hats off to Hoopa, them and their coaching staff is doing really good things for Hoopa baseball,” Contreras said. “They are definitely going to be a contender in years to come.” 

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