Loggers inch closer to Big 5 title with two more wins

File photo – The Eureka girls can clinch the Big 5 championship outright with two wins this week.

The Eureka Loggers won two games at home to Fortuna on Saturday to inch closer to the Big 5 championship in softball, which they can clinch at least a share of with a win against Arcata on Wednesday.

The Loggers took the opener 1-0 and won game two 12-4.

Game one was a pitchers’ duel, with Fortuna’s Kylee Fennell matching Eureka ace Kira Morris most of the game after the home team scored the only run of the game in the first inning.

McKenna Beach had a double in the win, while teammates Maeghan Hampton, Payton Goodman and Morris each also had a base hit, with Morris driving in Goodman for the decisive run.

Zoe Bewberry had a big day at the plate for the visitors, finishing 2-for-3 with a double, while Fennell, Kadence Mace and Myra Hayes each added a hit.

Game two wasn’t as close, with the Loggers opening up an early seven-run lead on their way to victory.

Kylee Smith led the way at the plate for the league leaders and finished 2-for-4 with a run, while Goodman added a double, two runs and an RBI, and Hampton had a double and scored two runs.

Morris also continued to impress with a double, two runs and two RBIs, while Beach had a hit and scored twice and Mallory Beauchamp had a hit and three RBIs.

Kaitlin Giacone and Zia Gee each also drove in a run.

Dewberry capped her big day with two more hits in the loss, while Fennell was 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run.

Catherine Duncan also had a double, while Kylee Ward, Kelsie Hall and Hayes rounded out a nine-hit team performance.

The Loggers, who have now won 10 straight games, improved to 8-1 in the Big 5 and 19-1 overall,

Fortuna is now 2-7 and 11-9.

Both teams will close out league play this week, with the Loggers playing three games against Arcata and Fortuna playing three against McKinleyville.

In other games over the weekend, McKinleyville lost two non-league games at Pleasant valley, falling 7-1 and 11-1, while Del Norte swept a Big 5 doubleheader at home to Arcata, winning 10-0 and 10-0.

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