The Fortuna Huskies won their third straight game in the Big 5 to move clear at the top of the standings on Wednesday, defeating Del Norte 6-0 in Crescent City.
With the victory, the Huskies improved to 3-1 in league play and are now one win ahead of the Arcata Tigers (2-1), who have a bye in league play this week.
Fortuna’s Drew Franklin pitched a complete-game shutout for the win and allowed just four hits and one walk all day, while striking out four.
Cody Collins and Rylan Lommori each had a hit in the win, with Collins also getting a walk, while Matt Letter and Cayden Danbrauskas were each walked twice, Rogan Gans was hit by a pitch twice and Franklin was walked and hit by a pitch.
“It’s hard to win a ball game when you give 16 free bases away,” said Del Norte head coach Brandon Coborn, who added it was “humbling experience.”
The Huskies improved to 4-4-1 overall.
Brody Mattz, Ethan Thomas, Cooper Maxwell and Aiden Rice each had a base hit for Del Norte, which dropped to 0-1 in league and 6-3 on the season.
Maxwell also continued to impress behind the plate, where he is fast establishing himself as one of the most reliable catchers in league.
“He did a great job catching for us today,” Coborn said. “He did everything he could to keep us in the ball game.”
The two teams are scheduled to close out their three-game series with a doubleheader at Fortuna on Saturday.
“We’ve just got to get back to the drawing board and get ready for Fortuna on Saturday,” Coborn said.
The Warriors are now 0-1 in league and 6-3 overall.