Loss to Piedmont ends historic season for Fortuna

File photo – The Huskies celebrate their recent Lakin tournament championship.

An historic season for the Fortuna Huskies came to an end on Saturday night, as the top seeds in the North Coast Section Division-4 bracket fell to Piedmont at Newburg Park.

The Huskies lost 5-2 to the No. 8 Highlanders, who scored three runs in the top of the seventh on the way to the victory.

The Fortuna boys closed out the season with a record of 13-8-1.

And they certainly left their mark on the school history books.

After clinching a first Big 5 championship for the program since 1975, the Huskies added a first-ever Charlie Lakin Tournament championship earlier this month.

The consistent Cody Collins closed out his senior season in much the same way he started, finishing 2-for-3 with a triple and a walk in the loss to Piedmont.

Cole Ayala also made some noise at the plate and was 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk, while Rogan Gans was 1-for-3 with a walk.

Drew Franklin also walked twice.

The Highlanders will now advance to the NCS semifinals, where they will play No. 5 seed Justin-Siena on Wednesday night.

Fortuna’s Big 5 rivals Arcata and Del Norte will play in the other semifinal at Arcata High School.

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