Loggers too strong for St. Bernard’s in non-league showdown

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Eureka catcher Maeghan Hampton in action on Wednesday.

The Eureka Loggers defeated their crosstown rivals in a non-league softball showdown at Washington Elementary on Wednesday, beating St. Bernard’s 10-0 in six innings.

Kira Morris got the win in the circle, her second victory of the young season, as the Loggers improved to 2-2.

The senior standout struck out 12 and walked two batters and got plenty of help from her offense.

“It was a good team win,” head coach Robin Johnson said. “Kira pitched good and our offense definitely helped a lot. We made a lot of contact. We’re hitting throughout the lineup.”

Several Eureka players finished with multiple hits in the win, including Morris, who was 3-for-4 with a triple.

Leadoff hitter Mallorie Beauchamp also was 3-for-4, while catcher Maeghan Hampton finished 2-for-5 with two doubles and Tahlyiah Curtice finished 3-for-4 with a double.

Bailey Brown, Zia Gee and Mariah Napoleon also impressed and each finished 2-for-3, while Taliyah Cooper was 1-for-1, hitting a two-RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to end the game on the 10-run rule.

The Crusaders were led by Kodi Meyer, who had a pair of base hits in the loss, while speedy freshman Sahara Tupua also reached base on an infield single.

Pitcher Ella Jimenez provided the defensive highlight of the day for the visitors, catching a line drive and throwing to third baseman Marce Davila to complete a double play.

Meyer and Tupua each also had a stolen base.

Next up, on Friday, the Loggers play at Red Bluff and the Crusaders will host Arcata at the Bear River Recreational Center at 6 p.m.

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