NCS SOFTBALL — Loggers win big as H-DN teams continue their fast start

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Eureka’s Bailey Brown is congratulated after scoring during Wednesday’s NCS playoff game.

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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