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What a week for Humboldt County baseball

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Photos by Ray Hamill/HumboldtSports.com – The Humboldt Eagles celebrate a walk-off win earlier in the summer.

It might be a stretch to suggest this could be the greatest week ever for Humboldt County baseball, but then again it might not be.

At the very least, it will be remembered as one of the most successful this area has ever seen, something that is being felt at many age groups on many different fronts.

We’re in the midst of a 10-day span where no less than five local teams will compete for a state championship — one of them already secured — which is a an impressive showing for the local game.

The McKinleyville 9 and 10 All-Stars have been particularly impressive, showcasing the depth of talent Mack town has at all ages.

Just two months after McKinleyville secured a high school championship, two of the town’s  three Little League all-star teams won both their District and Section championships, qualifying both for the their state tournaments.

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McKinleyville’s Avery Saunders

The 9 and 10s are now one of just two teams remaining in their state tournament and will play Cambrian Park in Rocklin on Thursday night to try and set up a winner-takes-all showdown with the same team on Friday.

No matter what happens, it has been a remarkable season for the McKinleyville players, and one that will be tough to top.

When they compete for the state title, they will be looking to join the Eureka Eagles, who won a 17U American Legion state championship this past Sunday in Yountville.

After reaching the final two in state play in each of the past two summers only to fall just shy both times, the Eagles made sure there would be no disappointment this time around, marching through the last two weeks of the season undefeated.

Even more remarkable for Humboldt County, it was the Northern Humboldt Giants they got the better of in the championship game.

The Giants have been one of the most resilient teams in the area this summer, continually battling back to remain in contention and winning seven of nine playoff elimination games at District, Area and State tournaments combined over the past three weekends.

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The Eureka Eagles won a state championship this week.

It was a remarkable achievement for the Giants to be one of the two last remaining teams out of 23 junior Legion squads in the state, especially considering they had just nine players available for the state tournament.

In addition, the Northern Humboldt Steelheads 13U travel team is competing this week in the USSSA World Series in San Diego, while teams like the Crabs and B52s are enjoying big-time winning seasons, as always.

The Humboldt Eagles 19U, meanwhile, will also compete for a California state championship this weekend, when they head to Yountville for the American Legion senior state tournament.

The Eagles are one of six teams to qualify out of 47 senior squads in California, and will open against West Hills out of San Diego on Friday at noon.

It was this team’s goal to reach the state tournament this season and get the opportunity to take in the Yountville tradition.

They’ve achieved that, and now they’ll go for more.

Much like the rest of Humboldt County baseball these days.

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