Hoopa Valley

Champion Warriors complete undefeated run through league

Submitted photo – The Hoopa seniors at Saturday’s games.

The Warriors competed an unbeaten run through the Little 3 with a softball doubleheader sweep over St. Bernard’s in Hoopa on Saturday.

The Warriors won the opener 9-6 and took game two by a score of 6-2, while stretching their winning streak to 18 straight games.

Four different Hoopa girls had multiple hits in both games to cap a dominating run through league play and a fourth straight league championship.

The Warriors also recognized their seven seniors on Senior Day, including the influential Tatianna Colegrove, who has been one of the most dangerous players in the entire H-DN this spring.

Colegrove pitched both wins in the circle and also was 4-for-8 over the two games, including a home run in the opener.

All seven seniors had an impact in the sweep.

Nae-Rew Martin led the way at the plate and was 5-for-7 on the day, while also hitting a home run in the opener.

Jewely Bibancos was 5-for-7 with a pair of doubles, while Maizey Maloney had four hits on the day, including going 3-for-3 in game two.

Fellow seniors Diamond Bibancos, Nalani Colegrove and Renee Doolittle each also hit successfully.

The league championship guarantees the Warriors a top seed and first-round bye for the Charlie Lakin tournament, which gets under way in two weeks.

Rounding out a big day for the Hoopa offense, Bella Valentine had a pair of hits in both games, including a triple in game one; Millenia McKindley had a hit in each game, including a double in game two; and Rianna Bain was 1-for-3 in the opener.

File photo – Tatianna Colegrove

Tatianna Colegrove had 15 strikeouts over the two games and the Warriors improved to 18-2 overall.

The Crusaders, meanwhile, are now 2-4 in the Little 3 and 8-12 overall, with two league games remaining against Ferndale.

Despite the two losses, there were several bright spots for the St. Bernard’s girls, including the play of Sahara Tupua.

The speedy freshman finished 3-for-4 in the opener and scored a run, while senior teammates Ella Jimenez and Torrin Baty each were 2-for-3, with Jimenez scoring a pair of runs and Baty one.

Jimenez and Baty each also pitched a game for the Crusaders.

In game two, senior Marce Davila was 1-for-3 with a double, and junior Kiara McGinnis was 2-for-3 with a run.

Senior Mataya Sherman also had a good day running the bases.

The pinch runner had a stolen base in each game and scored three runs on the day.

“We are proud of our girls for battling in both games,” said coach Brian Finck, who added “Hats off to Hoopa for winning league.”

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