The Hoopa Warriors got their first two wins of the season and set themselves up nicely for league play with a doubleheader sweep at Arcata on Saturday.
The Hoopa girls, who improved to 2-2, won game one 9-2 and took game two 7-2.
In other games this weekend, the St. Bernard’s girls went 2-2, getting the better of Arcata 3-1 on Friday night before playing three games at the Trinity tournament on Saturday.
McKinleyville also beat Trinity 13-0 in tournament play to go to 4-1 on the season.
Hoopa senior Tatianna Colegrove enjoyed a stellar day at Arcata, getting both wins in the circle as well as leading her team at the plate.
Colegrove struck out 24 batters over the two games and allowed just seven walks.
She also finished 4-for-5 with a home run in the opener and was 2-for-4 in game two.
Nae Rew Martin also had a big day at the plate and finished with four hits over the two games, including a double in game one, while Rianna Bain was 3-for-3 with a double in game one and 1-for-4 in game two.
Bella Valentine added two hits in the opener, while Diamond Bibancos was 1-for-3 with a double and her twin sister Jewely Bibancos finished 1-for-5.
Millenia McKinley also had a hit, as seven different Hoopa girls hit successfully in that game.
The Warriors offense continued to roll in game two, including additional hits from Jewely Bibancos and Maizey Maloney.
“Hoopa’s going to be really good in the Little 4,” Arcata head coach Steve Sarchett said.
Seniors Morgan Ford and Sagen Sarchett led a young Arcata team, which features 12 combined freshmen and sophomores, with some of their younger players also impressing.
In the circle, freshman Riley Houston pitched well in game one, before the visitors eventually pulled away.
“Riley pitched well enough to keep us in the game,” Steve Sarchett said. “We just didn’t get timely hits.”
Sophomore Taylor Sutherland also impressed as a designated hitter, but the young lineup that was missing a couple of key players for various reasons had some problems defensively.
“We were fairly shorthanded, but I did feel the young kids stepped up and did the best they could, and that’s all I can ask of them,” the head coach said.
The Tigers dropped to 0-3 and will open league play at home against Eureka on Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m.