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Eureka baseball advances to Lakin Tournament semifinals with 10-1 win – Times-Standard

Eureka senior pitcher Jorge Lopez pitches in the first round of the 2024 Charlie Lakin Tournament against South Fork in a 10-1 Loggers victory at Arcata Ball Park on Tuesday. Eureka will face Ferndale in the semifinals on Thursday. (Dylan McNeill/The Times-Standard)

Preparing for baseball

The Eureka Loggers opened the 2024 Charlie Lakin Tournament with a 10-1 victory over South Fork, not only advancing the Loggers to the tournament semifinals but also extending their winning streak to eight.

Despite only having three total hits in the game, the Loggers used nine walks, four hit batsmen and seven South Fork errors to reach double figures. The win moves Eureka to 11-4 on the season, with the Loggers having not lost a game since a loss to McKinleyville on April 6.

“I think it boosts our confidence,” Eureka head coach Tommy Gale said of the team’s winning streak. “We are now on the right track. We had a difficult season in terms of matches, we only had 14 matches. We had six rainouts that we just couldn’t reschedule and that’s the way Humboldt baseball works sometimes, we roll with it. It is a good time to make our move.”

Loggers junior Royce Olson got the start and went five innings while picking up the win. Olson allowed two hits, struck out four and allowed one run. Senior Jorge Lopez came in to relieve Olson and allowed just one baserunner while recording the final six outs for Eureka.

Eureka led just 2-0 heading into the 5th inning: When South Fork cut the lead in half with an RBI single, the Loggers immediately responded with six runs in the bottom of the inning, before adding two more runs in the 6th to blow things up. open Tuesday.

“We have to be ready to attack from the first inning,” Gale said. “I think we came out a bit lackluster and we had to be ready from the first pitch on Thursday.”

Sophomore Ty Crawford went 1-3 with a double, hit by pitch and two runs batted in for the Loggers. Junior Robert Williams went 1-3 with a walk and a double with a run scored in the win, senior Cooper Ohlsen had Eureka’s third single to end the game 1-2 with a walk, was hit by a pitch and hit two runs in for the Lumberjacks. Gale said after the game that he plans to turn to senior lefty Ohlsen to start on the mound for the semifinals.

Eureka will now take on the Little 4 champions, the Ferndale Wildcats, on Thursday at 4:00 PM at Arcata Ball Park with a championship game on the line.

Eureka junior catcher Michael Jewell spins and throws for an out against South Fork in the 2024 Charlie Lakin Tournament on Tuesday afternoon.  After Tuesday's win, Eureka has now won eight times in a row.  (Dylan McNeill/The Times-Standard)
Eureka junior catcher Michael Jewell spins and throws for an out against South Fork in the 2024 Charlie Lakin Tournament on Tuesday afternoon. After Tuesday’s win, Eureka has now won eight times in a row. (Dylan McNeill/The Times-Standard)

“We’re not done yet,” Gale said. “It’s a unique environment, this is a beautiful baseball field. Some of my favorite playing memories are here and it took a match to get used to. I think we will be much more ready to go on Thursday.”

South Fork isn’t done yet either, with the Cubs set to compete in the North Coast Section playoffs later this month.

Preparing for softball

Tuesday also featured a pair of Lakin Tournament softball games, with both McKinleyville and Fortuna advancing over Little 4 teams to advance to the semifinals at the Arcata Sports Complex.

McKinleyville defeated Hoopa Valley 11-1 to drop the Warriors to 12-12 on the season, while the Panthers picked up their seventh straight win, raising their record to 16-8 on the year.

The win sets up a Big 5 semifinal against Del Norte on Thursday. In the regular season, Del Norte won two of three games against the Panthers.

In the other softball game on Tuesday, Fortuna shutout Ferndale 7-0, leaving the Huskies to face St. Bernard’s in the other semifinal. The Huskies scored the seven runs while recording just five hits, but Fortuna walked eight to keep the bases loaded against Ferndale.

Sophomore pitcher Isabel Sanchez threw a no-hitter for the Huskies with 20 strikeouts in the game, walking three Wildcats in a dominant performance. Sanchez’ started the game with a strikeout, allowed one grounder and then struckout 19 of 22 batters to end the game.

Thursday’s schedule begins at 5 p.m. with McKinleyville-Del Norte featuring Fortuna-St. Bernard will follow that at 7 p.m., with both matches being played at the Arcata Sports Complex.

Dylan McNeill can be reached at 707-441-0526.