Warriors keep grinding, look to bounce back on Saturday

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Willie Bommelyn scores Del Norte’s opening run at Eureka on Wednesday.

The Del Norte Warriors have been competitive in Big 5 baseball this spring, but they continue to struggle in terms of wins and losses.

The Warriors opened a three-game series against the Loggers with a 6-2 loss at Bomber Field in Eureka on Wednesday.

The visitors opened up a one-run lead in both the first and fourth innings, but quickly saw the lead disappear both times as the home team answered immediately in the bottom half of the innings.

A pair of errors helped the Loggers score four runs in the bottom of the fourth and that would prove to be the difference in the game.

“We had that one inning when we just didn’t take care of the ball and that helped them out,” Del Norte head coach Brandon Coborn said. 

Lead-off hitter Willie Bommelyn continued to set the tone for the Warriors offensively and finished 2-for-4 with a triple.

The experienced senior scored both of his team’s runs.

Fellow senior Sylas Sampels also had a productive day at the plate and finished 2-for-2, while Saxon Taylor was 1-for-4 with an RBI and Collin Tromble was 1-for-3.

“We competed today,” Coborn said. “We did a better job offensively of getting guys on base, but we just didn’t get that one hit.”

Ethan Thomas, Brody Mattz and Cole Blackburn each pitched two innings in the loss.

The Warriors, who dropped to 1-6 in the Big 5 and 8-10-1 overall, will try to bounce back when they host the Loggers in a doubleheader to close out the series on Saturday.

“We’ll keep grinding on what we’ve been working on,” Coborn said.

Saturday’s game one is scheduled for 11 a.m.

For more on the Loggers, check out our Wednesday roundup …

Del Norte’s Ethan Thomas delivers a pitch during Wednesday’s game at Bomber Field.

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