By Ray Hamill — Kira Morris threw a no-hitter on Wednesday evening as the Eureka Loggers comfortably got the better of De Anza in their North Coast Section Division-3 playoff opener at Washington Elementary.
The Loggers won 10-0 in five innings with all 15 De Anza outs coming by strikeout.
The senior standout was one walk and one hit batter from a perfect game.
The victory continues a fast start for the H-DN in the section playoffs and was the third straight lopsided win for the league, following a 28-3 win for Fortuna over Hercules and a 10-0 win for Hoopa over Kennedy on Tuesday.
The Loggers struck early, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning, including one on a Maeghan Hampton base hit and two on a Mariah Napoleon single.
They would add two more runs in the bottom of the third on a Taliyah Cooper double as the game began to get away from the visitors.
Hampton led the way at the plate and finished 2-for-3 with a triple, while Morris also had a hit.
The win was the fourth straight for the Eureka girls since a disappointing ending to league play that saw Del Norte edge them for the Big 5 championship.
But the Loggers have shown no ill-effects from that.
“I’m proud of my girls, the way they’re playing after the disappointment of not winning league,” head coach Robin Johnson said.
The No. 6 seeds in the Division-3 bracket will now travel to play No. 3 Moreau Catholic on Friday night at 5 p.m. after the Mariners defeated Mount Diablo 16-0 in their playoff opener.
Later on Wednesday night, the McKinleyville girls lost their playoff opener at San Marin by a score of 5-1.
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