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NH Giants battle back from the brink

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Photos by Buzz Parker

The Northern Humboldt Giants 17U left themselves with a lot of work to do on Sunday, but that just added to the overall excitement of winning a third straight American Legion district championship at Newburg Park in Fortuna.

After losing to the Eagles 17U in the winner’s bracket on Saturday afternoon, the Giants had to win three games on Sunday on the way to the title, including overturning a late deficit in one win, and claiming another in extra innings.

The Giants opened the day with a 6-2 win over the Eagles 16U team in an elimination game, before edging the Eagles 17U 9-8 to force a winner-takes-all decider against the same team and winning 6-4 in eight innings.

The versatile Alex Gorge got the win in the decider in relief of Porter Price.

Kyler Carr led the way at the plate, finishing with a pair of hits, including a double, and two RBIs, while Vincent Agliolo also had two hits.

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Photos by Buzz Parker

Mason Nichols added a double and two RBIs.

For the Eagles, Bode Joyner was 3-for-4 and Zac Anderson 2-for-3, while Keenan Morris capped a big day at the plate with a triple.

Jenner Christiansen took the loss on the mound in relief.

NH Giants 9, Eagles 8

Earlier in the day, the Giants forced the extra game by scoring eight runs in the top of the sixth to overcome a four-run deficit.

Gorge was again instrumental in the win, finishing 2-for-4 with a double, while Agliolo and Drew Viznor each drove in a pair of runs.

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Photos by Buzz Parker

For the Eagles, Morris had two hits, including a home run, while Anderson had a triple and three RBIs and Brayden Youkey two RBIs.

Will Mager got the win on the mound in relief of Carr, pitching three and a third innings, while allowing three runs on three hits and one walk.

NH Giants 6, Eagles 16U 2

In their opener, the Giants broke open a 2-2 tie with four runs in the bottom of the third to beat the younger Eagles.

Cayden Lee pitched four innings for the win, with Nick Parker tossing the final three innings to seal the victory.

Parker, Carr, Price and Kaden Ritter each finished with two hits in the win, including a double by Carr.

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