By Ray Hamill — Five local teams in four different brackets remain alive in the North Coast Section baseball and softball playoffs after a busy couple of days this weekend.
The No. 1 seeded Arcata boys were eliminated on Saturday night, falling 11-5 to Redwood Christian in a Division-4 showdown at the Arcata Ball Park.
Earlier in the day, the Fortuna boys also lost in Division-4 baseball, falling 17-6 at No. 3 Saint Mary’s.
Three other H-DNL baseball teams were also in action on Saturday, all of them in Division 6.
No. 1 St. Bernard’s comfortably took care of business in their semifinal at home to No. 4 South Fork in the afternoon, winning 12-0 in five innings.
Later in the day, No. 3 Ferndale fell 16-4 at No. 2 Credo, setting up a championship showdown next weekend between the Crusaders and Gryphons, the top two seeds in the bracket.
St. Bernard’s is now the last remaining H-DNL baseball team.
In softball, four H-DNL teams are still in contention for a section title as we get down to the semifinal rounds.
In Division 4, No. 1 McKinleyville barely got the better of No. 9 Fortuna 6-5 in 10 innings on Friday afternoon and remain on course for a championship showdown next weekend against No. 2 Del Norte.
The Warriors have impressed through their opening two playoff games, following a midweek 16-0 win over Middletown with a 10-0 win over Salesian on Saturday.
The Panthers will host No. 4 Cardinal Newman in their semifinal, while Del Norte will host No. 3 Fort Bragg, with both games set for Wednesday at 5 p.m.
The Hoopa Warriors also won their quarterfinal in the Division-5 softball bracket on Friday, defeating Little 4 rival St. Bernard’s 11-1.
The No. 1 seeds will now host No. 4 Head-Royce on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
The Eureka girls are also seeded No. 1 in Division 3 and they also took care of business in their quarterfinal on Saturday, edging No. 9 Encinal 4-3 in eight innings.
The win sets up a semifinal at home to No. 5 Maria Carrillo on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
And rounding out busy weekend of action for local teams, the No. 7 South Fork girls lost their Division-5 quarterfinal at No. 2 St Helena 2-0 on Saturday night.
Cubs pitcher Summer Contreras threw a one-hitter in the loss.