Lane Thrap pitched a one-hitter as the Humboldt Eagles 17U edged Australia White 19U 1-0 at Crusader Field in Eureka on Friday evening, on what was a busy day for local American Legion teams.
Also in action at Crusader Field, the Eagles 19U team split a pair of games, losing to the touring Aussies 4-0 in their opener, before bouncing back to beat Mt. Shasta 6-1 in a league game.
The Northern Humboldt Giants also were in action, defeating Team Australia 8-3 at the Arcata Babe Ruth Field.
The Southern Humboldt 76ers, meanwhile, got their first win of the summer, beating Gridley 8-0 in five innings to open their own five-team weekend tournament at Newburg Park.
NH Giants 8, Australia Grey 3
The Northern Humboldt Giants struck early with four runs in the bottom of the first inning and made it count, holding on for an 8-3 over the touring club.
Nick Parker pitched four solid innings for the win, allowing just three runs on three hits and two walks, while Cayden Lee held the Australia bats to just one hit in three innings out of the bullpen.
At the plate, Mason Nichols paced the Giants, finishing 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs, while Kayden Ritter and Lee each continued their impressive summer seasons with a pair of hits.
Parker, Vincent Agliolo, Dean Wellik and Brodie Sargent each had also had a hit in the win, including a double by Parker.
The Giants will play three games at the Southern Humboldt 76ers tournament this weekend.
Southern Humboldt 76ers 8, Gridley 0, 5 innings
Pitcher Aaron Head-Mason held the visitors to just one hit in five innings for the win, while striking out nine and walking four.
Head-Mason got plenty of help from his offense with nine of the 11 players on the roster getting at least one hit in the win.
Garrett Christiansen and Vincent Meade each led the way at the plate with two hits, with Christiansen also scoring three of his team’s runs.
Regan Nyberg added a double and scored two runs, while Kaydon Pogue also had a hit and scored twice.
Head-Mason, Wyatt Wilson, Joey Quen, Ethan Ward and Jared Egan rounded out an 11-hit team performance.
The 76ers (1-9) will play three more games over the weekend, including two on Saturday against Red Bluff at 9 a.m. and against the Northern Humboldt Giants at 7 p.m
Wilson will start on the mound in the opener, with Christiansen getting the nod for the nightcap.
There will be a total of five tournament games at Newburg Park on Saturday.