Lady Cubs Softball Gets Important Win, Prepares for Post-season
That the Humboldt del Norte Little Four Conference is an exceptionally strong league in softball is proved by the fact that both Ferndale and St. Bernard’s have been moved to the Division 5 category despite their enrollment numbers being in the D6 range. Hoopa, as the fourth team in the “Little Four” is also a perennially strong D5 school, so with the Lady Cubs getting plenty of experience against strong teams, they figure to do well against their peers at the next level.
The Lady Cubs dropped the first game 15-5, but came back to beat Laytonville 9-4 in the nightcap. In game one senior Victoria Van Meter and junior Kylee Girard each had doubles while Girard, senior Gabi Moore and sophomores Jasmine Todd and Regina Salomon each had base hits. The Cubs were gifted with 5 walks.
In game two, the Lady Cubs exploded for 9 runs against the defending champs, getting 4 runs in the first inning and another 4 in the second. Hits came from Moore, Salomon and Todd, and again the Lady Cubs took advantage of free passes.Head coach Lisa Todd said, “Our hitting is starting to come around.”
On Saturday South Fork dropped both games to Ferndale by ten-run mercy rule, 21-1 and 13-1. “If we could tighten up our defense and everyone was hitting to their potential we could have some great games,” said Coach Todd.
The Lady Cubs will “fight hard to finish the season,” and will get a chance to show how their strength of schedule has brought them to a deserved place in the post-season. But first they will face Hoopa on the road on Wednesday and Ferndale on the road on Saturday to conclude tough league competition.
They will likely sit out the county championship tourney and prepare instead for the D6 play-offs to be seeded on May 21 with games beginning later that week. The Lady Cubs are now 4-12 over all and 0-8 in conference play.