The Warriors have come to play this postseason.
The Del Norte girls rolled to another big North Coast Section softball playoff victory in Crescent City on Saturday, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on the way to a 10-0 win over Salesian in five innings.
In their two playoff games this week, the Warriors have outscored their opponents by a combined 26-0.
And with sophomore pitcher McKenna Curtis in commanding form once again on Saturday, the No. 2 seeds appear to be a legitimate contender in the Division-4 bracket.
More impressively, however, it was the bottom of the lineup that stepped in this win, showcasing the depth of this year’s roster.
“The girls just hit all the way through,” said head coach Jackie Heuberger, who was missing a number of players from practice this week because of personal commitments and went deep to her bench on Saturday. “Today, the bottom of the lineup made things happen.”
Curtis was outstanding once again in the circle and set the tone for the team with a two-hitter against the No. 7 seeds.
“McKenna pitched a gem,” Heuberger said. “She was amazing on the mound.”
The sophomore standout walked just one and struck out 10 in five innings.
Freshman Lauren Stutes also was instrumental in the win, kickstarting the offense and breaking the deadlock with a fourth-inning home run.
The home team fed off Stutes’ big blast and would add six more runs in the fourth before ending the game early with three more runs in the fifth.
“That really got our offense going,” the head coach said of the home run.
Reece White and Ava O’Reilley each also had an impact at the plate and both finished 2-for-3 with a pair of runs, while Curtis finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Koy-poh McQuillen was 1-for-2 with a sac bunt, while Tegan Diaz finished 1-for-1 with a walk.
Senior shortstop Josephine Heuberger finished 1-for-3 and also reached base on a walk and a fielder’s choice, while Carlee Harper was 1-for-3 with a double and three RBIs to round out a balanced team performance.
Next up, the Del Norte girls will host No. 3 Fort Bragg on Wednesday at 5 p.m. with a place in this year’s Division-4 championship game up for grabs.
The Warriors are looking for their first NCS softball championship since 2008 and only their second ever.