The Hoopa girls have proven they can compete with any team in the H-DNL, and they’ll get the chance to prove it once again on Saturday night.
In Thursday night’s Charlie Lakin Tournament semifinal at the Arcata Sports Complex, the Warriors got the better of McKinleyville 3-2, posting their third win over a Big 5 team this season.
The victory sets up a Saturday night championship showdown against Eureka, which defeated Del Norte 3-0 in Thursday’s other semifinal.
The Hoopa girls had to battle for the win, rallying from an early deficit and then breaking a late tie when Savannah Colegrove drove home her sister Tatianna in the bottom of the fifth inning for what would be the winning run.
Savannah also had a big game in the pitcher’s circle, giving up just four hits and one walk to the Big 5 runners-up and striking out 11.
The Panthers broke the deadlock in the top of the second inning, when Taya Gomes singled to reach base and pinch runner Leah Circe was driven home moments later by Raina Ausburn.
The Warriors would answer with two runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth on back-to-back two-out RBI singles by Nalani Colegrove and Nae-Rew Martin.
The Mack girls tied things up again with one run in the top of the fifth, but the Warriors answered immediately in the bottom half of the inning and made it count.
Tatianna Colegrove finished 2-for-3 with a double, while Savannah Colegrove and Jewely Bibancos each also had a hit.
Allie Egbert, Ausburn and Mashell Stumpf each also had a hit for the Panthers, who dropped to 14-7.
With the win, the Warriors improved to 19-4.
Saturday’s championship showdown will be the second meeting of the season between the Big 5 and Little 4 champions, with Eureka winning the earlier matchup 3-0.
Saturday’s game is set for 5 p.m.