The St. Bernard’s Crusaders responded from a Tuesday loss to Ferndale and took a big step toward a Little 4 title in softball with a doubleheader sweep at South Fork on Thursday.

St. Bernard’s won 10-2 and 10-4.

With the wins, the St. Bernard’s girls improved to 8-1 in the Little 4 and secured the conference sweep over the Miranda school.

The Hoopa Warriors can still catch the Crusaders in the race for the league title, although they’ll likely have to sweep them at home in a key doubleheader after spring break.

On Thursday, the Crusaders had to battle more than just a much improved Cubs team.

“We played pretty darn good for 84 degrees,” St. Bernard’s head coach Alan Borges said. “It was warm, but the kids played well. We kept them hydrated and we made some pretty good plays today.”

Courteney Goodman and Calissa Stokesberry each had a big day at the plate for the visitors.

Goodman had six hits over the two games, including going 4-for-4 with an RBI in the opener.

Stokesberry finished with five hits and three RBIs over the two games, as did fellow senior Ally Del Grande.

Del Grande also pitched both wins, allowing just four hits in game one.

MacKenzie Finck also had a big day, going 3-for-4 with two runs in the nightcap, and had four base hits on the day.

Rachel Rodrigues, Alyssa Liles, Kara Warterman, Emma Wilson and Teressa Riley each also had two hits on the day.

Joslin Todd, Jasmine Todd, Kylie Savio, Regina Saloman, Lily Carr, Jade Johns, Kaylee Pogue and Alani Christanson each had a hit for South Fork.

St. Bernard’s is now 9-6 overall.


Ray Hamill writes at, where you can read lots more about sports in Humboldt County.