SOFTBALL POLL — Who will win this year’s Big 5?

VOTING HAS ENDED By Ray Hamill — The Big 5 gets under way next week, weather permitting, with a pair of games on Wednesday and two big doubleheaders the following Saturday.

And the big question as we get set for a new league campaign is who will walk away as champions?

The defending champion Eureka Loggers will be tough to stop with senior Kira Morris back in the circle and a dangerous lineup that’s building momentum ahead of their opener.

The Fortuna Huskies will also fancy their chances after an impressive 6-0 start to the season, with seniors Libby Johnston and Kylee Fennell giving them a potent one-two punch in the circle.

The McKinleyville Panthers, meanwhile, are always a dangerous opponent under head coach Shanna McCracken and are coming off a second-place finish in league a year ago and back-to-back North Coast Section crowns, while a young Arcata Tigers roster appears ready to make some noise this spring.

And rounding out the contenders, the Del Norte girls are off to a 4-0 start and eager to build on last year’s third-place finish.

Let us know who you think will win this year’s championship and we’ll publish the results before league plays begins on Wednesday.

Readers can vote once a day.

The first round of games sees Eureka travel to Arcata and McKinleyville open at Fortuna, with the Del Norte girls enjoying an opening-week bye.

The action continues on Saturday with a pair of doubleheaders, with Arcata traveling to Eureka and Fortuna playing at McKinleyville.


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