Eureka pitchers continue to impress against South Fork

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Eureka freshman Ty Crawford delivers a pitch during Saturday’s doubleheader against South Fork.

The Eureka Loggers made it four wins in four games with a doubleheader sweep of South Fork at Bomber Field on Saturday, in a pair of games that were added at the last minute.

The Eureka pitching continued to dominate with strong performances from starters Myles Standish and Ty Crawford and relievers Miles Sorensen and Caden Vance.

The Loggers gave up just one hit in each game, while winning 12-1 and 10-0.

“We played good after being in the gym for a month,” Eureka head coach Shannon Rodgers said. “I thought we played very well again, and Myles Standish was just on point.”

The senior standout was in complete control in the opener, retiring all nine batters he faced, including eight strikeouts.

Crawford, who is just a freshman, was just as effective and struck out seven in four innings in game two, while walking no one and allowing just one hit.

“He was in command the whole time,” Rodgers said of the first-year varsity player.

Seven different Loggers hit successfully in the opener, with Rogan Bode and Caden Vance leading the way and each finishing 2-for-3.

Seth Grammer added a double, while Crawford, Alex Jimenez, Robert Williams and Jorge Lopez rounded out a nine-hit team performance.

The Eureka bats added seven more hits in game two, with Crawford capping a very good all-around day by finishing 2-for-2.

Bode also continued to impress and finished with a triple and two RBIs, while Grammar had a double and Ean Savage, Cole Zeller and Sorensen each also had a hit. 

But the team pitching has been the big early-season story for the Loggers, who have also defeated Santa Rosa and Analy.

They have held the opposing bats to three or less hits in three of their four games and have issued just two walks total.

Saturday’s games were the season openers for the Cubs, who had a scheduled game against Credo canceled at the last minute, before the Loggers stepped in to fill the void on Friday night.

“We had a pretty rough start but at least we were in uniform finally,” said South Fork head coach Chris Contreras, who thanked the Loggers and head of the umpires John Swanson for helping to arrange the game at the last minute. “Eureka definitely has a good pitching staff.”

Despite the lopsided losses, there were some bright spots for the Cubs.

Broc Contreras had the team’s only hit in the opener and would score their only run of the day after also stealing a base, while Jonah Wansick got their hit in game two.

Justin Freitas also impressed on the mound in limited action against a dangerous Eureka lineup.

The Cubs, however, have been limited in their early-season preparations because of the weather, as have most of the local teams, and it showed in their first games.

“I think our pitchers are still a little rusty, not being able to throw a lot outdoors and with live hitters,” Chris Contreras said. “Still working out the lineup with a handful of new kids, but again I was stoked we got to put on uniforms and play today.”

Next up, the Loggers are scheduled to play their alumni game next Saturday, while South Fork is scheduled to open league play at home to St. Bernard’s in what will be their league opener, also next Saturday.

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