St. Bernard’s seniors close out the Little 4 in style

Photos by Ray Hamill/HumboldtSports.com – Action from the game at the Bear River Sports Complex on Friday.

The St. Bernard’s Crusaders secured second place in the Little 3 and a No. 2 seed for next week’s Charlie Lakin tournament after sweeping the league-concluding doubleheader against Ferndale at the Bear River Sports Complex on Friday.

The SB girls took game one 12-2 in six innings and won the second game 12-3.

Seniors Ella Jimenez and Torrin Baty got the wins in the circle on Senior Day, with both striking out nine.

Baty also had a good day at the plate, finishing with a pair of hits in each game and scoring three runs.

Several of her teammates also stepped up.

In game one, senior Allyson Hagler was 3-for-4 with a double and a run, while junior Hannah Finck was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs.

Rounding out a great game for the seniors, Mataya Sherman was 1-for-4 with two runs and eded the game on the 10-run rule with a successful slide home on a close play in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Sherman also covered a lot of ground in left Feld and made some impressive catches in the wet conditions.

Lexi Blake had a good game for the Wildcats, finishing 1-for-3 and driving in both of her team’s runs.

Lillian Chase-Rocha, Danica Dowd and Alayna Cooney each also had a base hit for Ferndale.

The rain cleared up for game two, but the St. Bernard’s bats continued to impress, most notably freshman Sahara Tapua, who was 3-for-3 with a walk and a run.

Jimenez also had a pair of hits, including a triple, and scored two runs, while senior Sierra Mendoza was 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs ands senior Kodi Meyer was 2-for-4 with a run.

A talented senior class also includes outfielder Adriana Granados and third baseman Marce Davila.

Davila continued to be a force at third base all day and was 2-for-5 with three runs over the two games.

“They have been a wonderful group of seniors,” St. Bernard’s coach Brian Finck said of the class. “A pleasure to be around, leaders on and off the field and fierce competitors.”

Chase-Rocha continued to make an impact for the Cats in game two, finishing 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

She also pitched well in both games.

“I thought Lily stepped up and really battled,” head coach Jeremy Griffith said. “I thought overall it was a big inning in each game (for St. Bernard’s) that sort of buried us.

“But I felt overall for us being a young team we continued to improve and continued to grow.”

Cooney, Tinnley Pidgeon, Maddison Gossi and Tiara Russ each also had a base hit in the loss.

With the wins, the Crusaders close out league play 4-4.

Both teams open the Charlie Lakin tournament on Wednesday.

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