The Humboldt Eagles 19U bounced back from an early loss on Saturday to beat Fairfield 10-2 and advance to Sunday’s semifinal round at the Western Amateur Baseball Federation tournament as the No. 2 seed.
Nick Dugan got the start on the mound in the nightcap, turning in a another very strong performance in front of a large crowd, which included a number of PAC-12 coaches.
Dugan, a soon-to-be St. Bernard’s sophomore, has been in sensational form this summer, and didn’t disappoint once again against the host team.
The 15-year-old pitched four and two-third innings, allowing just one run against a quality team.
Jaden Gorge and Caleb Ruiz each pitched in relief to close out the win.
The pitchers got plenty of offensive support with 15 team hits, led by Hunter Davis and Landon Gomes, who each finished with three hits.
Gomes has been particularly impressive at this week’s tournament.
Brady Munson and Gannon Cyphers each added two hits in the win.
Earlier in the day, the Eagles fell 7-1 to the West Coast Kings, their first loss at the five-day tournament.
Among the bright spots for the team was the pitching of Munson, who tossed two and-two-thirds scoreless innings.
Davis drove in the team’s only run on a sacrifice fly.
On Sunday, the Eagles will face off against No. 3 Fairfield once again, with Arcata ace Merek Sears getting the start on the mound.
Game time is 10 a.m.
If the Eagles win, team ace Garrison Finck will get the start in the championship game later in the day.