By Ray Hamill — Tuesday afternoon will be busy one around the H-DNL with several make-up games scheduled in baseball and softball as the league tries to complete the regular season in time for this week’s Charlie Lakin Tournament.
And two league titles will be on the line.
In Big 5 baseball, the Arcata Tigers will try to clinch a share of the championship when they travel for a key doubleheader at Del Norte.
The Tigers stepped up to the plate literally and figuratively with two huge wins over the Eureka Loggers — who were a perfect 10-0 in league play — at the Bear River River sports complex on Saturday to give themselves a shot at the league title.
If they sweep the Warriors, they will be 10-2 and would tie the Loggers for the league title. There would then be a playoff game between the Tigers and Loggers at Eureka on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. to determine the league’s automatic qualifier for the North Coast Section playoffs.
(The Charlie Lakin Tournament takes place on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.)
Also in Big 5 baseball on Tuesday, McKinleyville will travel to play a doubleheader at Fortuna, with first pitch set for 4 p.m.
In softball, meanwhile, the Eureka Loggers will finally get the chance to secure the Big 5 title outright when they travel to play Arcata on Tuesday, with a doubleheader getting under way at 5 p.m. at the Arcata Sports Complex..
The Loggers are 9-1 in the Big 5 and guaranteed to be co-champs, but they need one more win for sole possession of the pennant, or for the Fortuna girls to defeat closest challengers McKinleyville (7-3) in one of their final two games, which are also scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in Fortuna at 3 p.m.
If the Loggers and Panthers tie for the Big 5 crown, then they would meet in a playoff game at Mack High on Friday at 4 p.m. to determine the league’s automatic qualifier for the NCS playoffs.
In Little 4 baseball, meanwhile, Ferndale will host Hoopa in both teams’ regular season finale on Tuesday, either at Ferndale High or at the Bear River sports complex, depending on field conditions.