Pitchers dominate as Panthers sweep final Big 5 doubleheader

File photo – The Panthers won two games at Fortuna on Tuesday.

The McKinleyville Panthers closed out the Big 5 with a doubleheader sweep at Fortuna on Tuesday, winning 14-0 and 8-0.

Senior pitchers Allie Egbert and Raina Ausburn appear to be peaking at a good time, with each of them throwing a three-hit shutout in their final regular season games.

The Mack girls won their final eight league games to close out the Big 5 with a record of 9-3, and they will be a No. 2 seed for this week’s Charlie Lakin Tournament.

Egbert pitched all five innings in game one, striking out seven and walking no one, while also finishing 2-for-3 at the plate with a double.

Camryn Pinard also was 2-for-3 with a home run, while Ausburn finished 2-for-3 and Taya Gomes added a double, three RBIs and two runs.

Morgan Stubbs was 1-for-3 to round out an eight-hit team performance.

For Fortuna, Libby Johnston, Kadence Mace and Catherine Duncan each had a hit, with Johnston pitching three innings for the loss.

Ausburn dominated in game two, allowing just one walk in seven innings and striking out nine.

Teammate Trinity Preston led the way at the plate and finished 2-for-2 with a double and four RBIs, while Mashell Stumpf was 2-for–2 with two runs.

Pinard added a double, while Egbert, Leah Circe and Kennedy Minton each also had a hit.

Mace capped a good day for Fortuna with a double.

McKinleyville is now 14-6 on the season, while the Fortuna girls closed out league play 2-10 and are 11-12 overall.

The Panthers will open the Charlie Lakin Tournament against St. Bernard’s at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Arcata Sports Complex.

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