American Legion

Eagles 19U pitchers shut out Team Australia

Photos by Ray Hamill/HumboldtSports.com – Humboldt’s JB Lewis slides safely into second base under a cloud of dirt on Wednesday.

By Ray Hamill — Seven different Humboldt Eagles pitchers combined to shut down the visiting Team Australia bats at Bomber Field on Wednesday as the home team opened a busy week with a doubleheader sweep over the touring club.

The Eagles won a tight opening game by a score of 1-0 and then took the nightcap 5-0.

St. Bernard’s Nick Dugan, who will be a sophomore in the fall, led the way on the mound in his debut with the 19U team, pitching four outstanding innings in game two in front of some scouts in town to see him play.

Dugan, who is coming off a stellar freshman campaign for the Crusaders, hasn’t skipped a beat this summer, and held the visiting bats hitless while striking out 11 and walking just one.

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Humboldt’s JB Lewis tries to avoid a tag in a run-down on Wednesday. Lewis escaped and was safe at third.

Garrison Finck and Caleb Ruiz came out of the bullpen to seal the win, while Hunter Davis was 2-for-2 with an RBI to pace the offense.

Earlier in the day, Merek Sears got the win on the mound, with Brady Munson, Kalebh Hill and Jaden Gorge each holding the visitors at bay in relief.

Gorge, who got the save, also had a big game at the plate, finishing 3-for-3 with a double.

C.J. Van Meter singled in the game’s only run in the bottom of the second, scoring Dustin Ireland, and that would prove to be all the Eagles pitchers and defense needed.

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Brady Munson delivers a pitch.

With the sweep, the Eagles improved to 16-6.

The two clubs will continue a busy week for local Legion teams when they play a doubleheader at the Arcata Ball Park on Thursday, with first pitch set for 4:30 p.m.

Van Meter and Landon Gomes will start on the mound for the Eagles 19U.

Also in action at the Arcata Ball Park on Thursday, the Eagles 17U will play one of the visiting Team Australia teams at 2 p.m.

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