The American Legion District tournament got under way at Newburg Park on Friday, with the defending champions getting off to a fast start.
Opening day featured three games, including a 5-2 win for the Northern Humboldt Giants over the Southern Humboldt 76ers, as they began the defense of their title with a win.
Kaden Ritter led the way at the plate, finishing 2-for-3 with two RBIs, while Nick Parker added a triple and Alex Gorge a double.
Jake Reeser rounded out a five-hit performance for the Giants, who scored twice in the bottom of the third inning to break a 1-1 tie and never looked back.
Vincent Agliolo pitched all seven innings for the win, allowing four hits and four walks and striking out four.
Aaron Head-Mason pitched six innings for 76ers, allowing just five hits and two earned runs in the loss, while striking out five.
Joey Quen pitched one inning in relief.
Quen also had one of his team’s four hits, along with Garrett Christiansen, Riley Harris and Ethan Ward.
In other tournament action on Friday, the Eureka Eagles 15U team beat the Northern Humboldt Knights 15U 8-0, before falling to the Humboldt Eagles 17U by a score of 9-1 on Friday night.
Lane Thrap pitched a complete game for the win on the mound for the Eagles 17U, allowing just three hits and striking out five.
At the plate, Keenan Morris was 2-for-4 with a triple, while Zac Anderson and Bode Joyner were each 2-for-3 with a triple.
Hayden Bode, Thrap, Jenner Christiansen, Ethan Pesch, Ben Tehan and Parker Rodgers each also had a hit in the win, including doubles by Bode and Christiansen.
The tournament continues with three more games on Saturday.
The Knights will play the 76ers in an elimination game at 10 a.m., with the winner advancing to play the Eagles 15U in another elimination game at 12:30 p.m.
In the winners’ bracket, the Giants will play the Eagles 17U at 3 p.m.
Humboldt B52s 12, Sonoma County Tigers 5
Eric Smelko was 5-for-6 with a triple, four RBIs and a stolen base, as the B52s cruised to an easy win over the Tigers to open a three-game weekend series at Bomber Field.
Cody Banks also had a huge day at the plate, finishing 4-for-6 with a double and two RBIs, as the B52s improved to 15-8.
Tommy Gale also had three hits, including a double, while Karter Koch was 2-for-4.
The B52s out-hit the visitors 16-9.
Cade Sheets got the win on the mound, improving to 3-1 on the summer.
Sheets pitched five innings, allowing three runs on six hits and one walk, while striking out 10.
The B52s scored five runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a six-run lead, and led 9-1 after four.
The two teams will play again on Saturday night at 5:30 p.m.