Arcata High’s Mason Trapkus slides under South Fork’s catcher for a run during Tuesday’s 14-1 win in the first-round of the yearly Charles Lakin Tournament, at Arcata Ball Park. (Jose Quezada — For the Times-Standard)
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The opening round of the Charles Lakin Humboldt-Del Norte League Tournament was a good day for the Big 5 — Eureka High and Arcata to be exact — as the conference swept all four first-round games against its Little 4 opponents, Tuesday in Arcata.

Baseball — Eureka 3 Ferndale 0

Pitcher David Vagle produced a complete-game shutout win for the Eureka High baseball team as it blanked Ferndale 3-0 in the first-round of the Lakin Tournament, Tuesday night at the Arcata Ball Park.

Vagle recorded eight strikeouts, gave up four hits and no walks in the win. Ferndale’s Landon Gomes also pitched a complete game, doing well to limit a much larger program in Eureka despite the loss.

Eureka scored two of its runs in the third inning and the third in the fourth. Vagle went 1-for-3 with an RBI in the win while Brady Munson went 1-for-2 with an RBI and Drew Nylander, 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

Baseball — Arcata 14 South Fork 1

The South Fork High baseball team kept Arcata at bay for a couple innings before the Tigers poured in five runs in the third inning and a whole lot more thereafter en route to a 14-1 win in its opening-round Lakin tournament game. Asher Meadows started at pitcher for Arcata and tossed a complete-game two-hitter, striking out five and giving up just one run and no walks in the win.

Arcata had 14 total hits in the win. At the plate Arcata’s Alex Gorge had himself a day, going 3-for-5. Mason Trapkus went 2-for-4 with a double while Mason Nichols went 2-for-5 with a double and Vincent Agliolo, 2-for-5.

C.J. Van Meter started at pitcher for South Fork and lasted six innings, giving up 10 runs on 11 hits and three strikeouts.

South Fork’s two hits were delivered by Van Meter, who had a single and Graham McConnell, who had a double.

Softball — Arcata 12 St. Bernard’s 1

Makalya Bernald went the distance and struck out 12 as the Arcata High softball team beat St. Bernard’s 12-1 in the opening round of the Lakin tournament. St. Bernard’s hung tough with Arcata through more than half of Tuesday’s game before Arcata, already up 2-0 entering the fifth inning, added three runs in the fifth to take a 5-0 lead.

Mekaynea Solia really broke the game open for Arcata in the sixth inning with a two-out 2RBI double to help furnish a five-run inning for the victors. She finished the game 2-for-4 at the dish, as did her teammate Bella Volz-Broughton.

Arcata’s head coach Teresa Stavert called Solia’s sixth inning hit the “hardest ball I’ve seen (Solia) hit this season.”

Stavert also gave credit to her short stop Maria Morehouse, who she said held her young defense together and acted as leader on the field.

Ally Del Grande started at pitcher for St. Bernard’s and gave up 10 hits and struck out seven. She also walked three Tigers in the loss.

Softball — Eureka 21 South Fork 5

The Eureka High softball team beat South Fork 21-5 in five innings on Tuesday. Salina Socha-Wright pitched Eureka to the win.

Further stats were not reported to the Times-Standard before this edition went to press.

Up next — baseball

Arcata (20-5) will take on the No. 1 seed from the Big 5, McKinleyville (19-2) in the tournament’s semifinal round on Thursday at 4 p.m. McKinleyville took the season series between the two teams two games to one.

Eureka (14-6) will face the No. 1 seed from the Little 4, St. Bernard’s (16-8), on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the tournament’s second semifinal game. Eureka beat St. Bernard’s 4-2 when the two teams met for a non-conference game earlier in the season.

Up next — softball

The first semifinal softball game will feature Arcata (16-8) against the No. 1 from the Big 5, McKinleyville (18-3), at 5 p.m. on Thursday. McKinleyville swept Arcata during the three-game series between the two teams during the regular season by a combined score of 17-4.

The second semifinal softball game will pair Tuesday’s winner, Eureka (18-5), against the No. 1 seed from the Little 4, Hoopa Valley (13-7). The two clubs did not meet during the regular season.

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