“The title is back in Hoopa and we don’t plan on returning it for a while,” Hoopa Valley softball’s head coach Glenn Moore said following his team’s Little 4 Conference-clinching doubleheader sweep over visiting St. Bernard’s Thursday afternoon.
The pair of wins, 6-5 and 5-2, gives Hoopa its second consecutive Little 4 title after previously not winning one for nine years.
Each of Thursday’s games played closely throughout as Hoopa was either tied with or trailing St. Bernard’s as late as the sixth inning in each.
In game one, tied 5-5 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, Hoopa’s Savannah Ray Colegrove — a freshman — connected on an RBI double which gave Hoopa a lead it would not relent for the remainder of the game.
Colegrove also pitched a complete-game in both rounds of Thursday’s doubleheader. In game one the freshman had nine strikeouts alone. Jasmine Kinney had two hits in the win for Hoopa as well.
In game two Colegrove and St. Bernard’s ace Ally Del Grande, just as they did in game one, battled throughout. Entering the bottom of the sixth Hoopa faced a 2-1 deficit, but thanks to a timely 2RBI single from the bat of Daisy Tracy and a few other nice at bats the team was able to pour in four runs in the inning and seize a 5-2 lead, and eventually, the win.
Beyonce Bussell had two hits in the game-two win for Hoopa and Estelle Colegrove, a double.
Despite the losses Del Grande had herself a day. She collected a total of nine strikeouts across both games and in game one went 4-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI.
Calissa Stokesberry also had a fine day at the plate, connecting on four total hits during the afternoon, three of which came in game one to go along with two RBIs.
Hoopa (10-2, 13-7) is now 22-2 in Little 4 play over the last two seasons, its only two losses coming this season back on April 6 to St. Bernard’s.
Hoopa will be the No. 1 overall seed from the Little 4 when next week’s Charles Lakin Humboldt-Del Norte League Tournament kicks off. St. Bernard’s (8-3, 9-8) will be the No. 2 seed from the Little 4 in the tourney. First, however, it will finish off its conference schedule on Monday in a make-up game against Ferndale.