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Eagles 19U battle back to remain alive at Area One tourney

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Photos by Mark Gorge

The Humboldt Eagles are not done yet.

Less than 24 hours after seeing their state championship ambitions take a big hit in a loss to Petaluma, the Eagles 19U team battled back to beat Yuba 6-2 and remain alive at the NorCal Area One Tournament in Woodland on Saturday.

And they had to do it the hard way, rallying from an early two-run deficit on the way to pulling out the win.

The Eagles scored five runs in the top of the fifth inning to take control of the game, and that proved to be enough for pitchers Merek Sears and Kalebh Hill and their defense.

Sears got the start and tossed six strong innings, allowing just the two earned runs on six hits, while striking out four.

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Photos by Mark Gorge

Hill pitched the final inning to seal the victory.

Garrison Finck led the way at the plate for the Eagles with a pair of base hits, while Ferndale’s Landon Gomes had an RBI pinch hit sacrifice fly to get the offense going in the fourth.

Gannon Cyphers remained hot with a double and an RBI, as did Hunter Davis, who was 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

The Eagles will be back in action on Sunday when they play the loser of Saturday night’s game between Petaluma and Chico.

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McKinleyville ace Cameron Saso will get the start on the mound.

The Eagles are 2-1 at the double elimination tournament, with the top two of eight teams advancing to next week’s state tournament in Yountville.

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