The Warriors dynasty is showing no signs of slowing down.
On Thursday afternoon, the Hoopa girls clinched at least a share of another league crown in softball with a doubleheader sweep at Ferndale.
The Warriors took game one 9-0 and won game two 17-0 in five innings, improving to 6-0 in the Little 3 with just two games remaining.
The St. Bernard’s Crusaders are 2-2 with four games remaining and could still mathematically tie for the league title, but they would have to sweep a doubleheader at Hoopa on April 29 as well as beating Ferndale twice.
The league pennant is the fourth straight for Hoopa dating back to the spring of 2018, and the Warriors have dropped just three league games in the past six years.
There was no league championship awarded during either the 2020 or 2021 seasons because of the pandemic, although in reality the dominating Warriors likely would have won league titles in both of those seasons as well.
Tatianna Colegrove and Nalani Colegrove led the way in Thursday’s doubleheader.
Tatianna pitched both wins, throwing a one-hitter in the opener and combining with teammate Diamond Bibancos for a no-hitter in game two.
She had 21 strikeouts in 10 innings and also had three hits on the day, including a home run and a triple.
Nalani had the hot bat for the day, finishing 7-for-8 with a pair of doubles over the two games, while Nae-Rew Martin was 5-for-5 in game two with a pair of triples.
Bella Valentine also had five hits on the day, including three doubles, while Diamond Bibancos was 4-for-6 with three doubles.
Her twin sister Jewely also had three hits, including a home run in game two, with Rianna Bain and Millenia McKindley hitting successfully in both games.
A very young Ferndale team continued to show signs of improvement, especially on defense.
“It was definitely our best defensive outing of the year,” head coach Jeremy Griffith said of game one. “Unfortunately, Tatianna was really tough in that first game, but I was really happy with our defense.”
Consistent freshman Tinnley Pidgeon had the Cats’ only hit of the day in the opener, while Maddison Gossi provided a steady glove all afternoon at shortstop.
Seniors Lillian Chase-Rocha at third base and Lexi Blake in left field each also had some strong defense.
Maizey Maloney also had a pair of hits for Hoopa in game two, while Sarah Juan and Renee Doolittle each also had a hit to round out a big day for the Warriors offense.
Next up, the Wildcats will play five games at the two-day Lassen tournament, which gets under way on Friday of next week, while the Warriors are scheduled to play a doubleheader on the road against Fort Bragg and Kelseyville on Saturday.
Categories: Ferndale, Hoopa Valley, Softball
Will write it here and now.
Take these girls from Hupa, form an H-DNL soccer team, betcha they compete for a League Title year 1… of course, with a head coach who knows the sport, proper equipment and a field to be educated.
Maybe Willow Creek Veterans Park’s soccer facility can be upgraded for the satellite community since the fire personnel for last 2 years wildfire seasons really impacted the turf, adjacent facilities …🤷♂️