By Ray Hamill — The Humboldt Eagles 19U have been making a name for themselves this summer and it hasn’t gone unnoticed.
On Wednesday, the local all-county American Legion team announced two additional games in the coming weeks, including what will be a highly anticipated matchup against the Humboldt Crabs at the Arcata Ball Park on July 16.
The occasion will be a memorable one for the Eagles players, and the fact the Crabs have decided to add them to their schedule speaks volumes of the respect the Eagles have earned.
“If you grow up in Humboldt County, the Humboldt Crabs are Major League Baseball for us,” Eagles coach and former Crabs player Matt Tomlin said. “For these kids to step out on the field and get to play the Crabs, it’s going to be a night they’ll never forget.”
The date became open after the Redding Ringtails backed out of a two-game midweek series, and Tomlin immediately contacted the Crabs to suggest the matchup.
The team responded on Tuesday, officially scheduling the game.
Eagles assistant coach Mark Gorge also played for the Crabs.
The Eagles, who are in Fairfield this week for the Western Amateur Baseball Federation tournament, also added a game against the Humboldt B52s at Bomber Field for next Wednesday.
The Eagles went 1-2 against the more experienced B52s in a three-game series earlier this season.
The Eagles are 21-7, while the B52s are 14-8.
The Crabs, who saw their seven-game winning streak end in a 7-6 loss to the Solano Mudcats in Arcata on Tuesday night, are 13-11.
The visitors overcame a 6-5 deficit with two runs in the top of the ninth inning.
The Eagles open the Fairfield tournament against TC Legion on Thursday.