Four local teams were in action at the Fort Bragg tournament on Thursday, and two of them will play for a spot in the championship game on Friday morning.
Arcata, McKinleyville, St. Bernard’s and Hoopa all made the trip south for the two-day tournament.
The Crusaders won their opening game against Point Arena by a score of 16-2, before falling to Fort Bragg 4-0.
The St. Bernard’s boys will play in the third-place game at 11:30 a.m. on Friday against either McKinleyville or Arcata.
The Panthers and Tigers both won their opening games and will face off on Friday morning at 9 a.m. to see who advances to the championship game.
The loser of that game will play St. Bernard’s.
The Tigers defeated Willits 12-1 in what was their season opener, while McKinleyville defeated Cloverdale 10-0.
Cedar Cline got the win on the mound, holding the Wolverines scoreless through the opening three innings and striking out four.
Noah York pitched four strong innings in relief, allowing just one earned run and striking out three.
“It was a good first game for us,” head coach Troy Ghisetti said. “We played pretty good defense and our pitchers did everything we asked and threw strikes and we made plays behind them.”
The Tigers also enjoyed a balanced team performance at the plate with eight different players hitting successfully.
Miles Oliver, Ty Ghisetti and Ben Lukens each had two hits in the win, while Chase Coleman was 1-for-3 with a double.
Will Mager, Anthony Ebert, Wilson Medina and Tanner Kees each also had a base hit.
McKinleyville 10, Cloverdale 0
The Panthers improved to 2-0 on the season with their second straight 10-0 victory, having also won by that score at Del Norte on Saturday.
“It was a team effort,” head coach Mike Dobrec said. “The kids hit the ball and played defense behind our pitchers.”
Branson Dobrec and Scott Meyer combined on the mound for the shutout, with Dobrec getting the start and striking out five in 3.1 innings and Meyer throwing 3.2 innings in relief and striking out seven.
Both pitchers got plenty of offensive help with 13 team hits.
Tyson Bragg led the way at the plate and finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs, while Kolbey Stolpe finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Tenoch tapia also impressed and was 2-for-5 with a double, while Jack Saso and Cole Armstrong each was 2-for-3.
Jackson Kelly also was 1-for-1 with a walk and an RBI.
The victory sets up an early-season matchup against their biggest rivals on Friday morning.
“It’s a great rivalry and it should be a good game,” Mike Dobrec said.
St. Bernard’s 16, Point Arena 2
Fort Bragg 4, St. Bernard’s 0
The Crusaders will play for third place at the Fort Bragg tournament after splitting a doubleheader on opening day.
St. Bernard’s comfortably got the better of Point Arena in the opener with Tyler Dimmick getting the win on the mound, his third of the season.
Dimmick was relieved after one inning with the Crusaders leading 15-0.
Tyler Hinrichs pitched three strong innings in relief to close out the game.
Hinrichs and Dimmick each also made an impact at the plate.
Dimmick was 1-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and four runs, while Hinrichs was 1-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs.
Teammate Isaiah Wolfe also was 1-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs.
Game two was a different story, with the young Crusaders giving up four runs on errors, all of them in the bottom of the third.
Freshman Michael Manzi took the loss on the mound despite throwing 5.1 outstanding innings, according to head coach Matt Tomlin, while Dimmick continued to impress at the plate with his team’s only hits of the game, finishing 2-for-2 with a walk.
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