By Ray Hamill — Three players that were not expected to be available for the Humboldt Eagles this summer were on hand this week as the local American Legion club began tryouts for the upcoming season.
Kokko Figueiredo, Ethan Fischel and Caleb Ruiz all were in line to play for the Humboldt Crabs in the coming months, but now suddenly find their summers open after the announcement last week that the Crabs season has been suspended.
And that means all three are now free to help the Eagles, Ruiz and Fischel as players and Figueiredo as an assistant coach.
Figueiredo, a senior at Cal State Monterey Bay, was expected to play a third straight summer with the Crabs, but will now join head coach Matt Tomlin’s 19U coaching staff.
And Tomlin is looking forward to seeing what the former Fortuna High and College of The Redwoods star can bring to the table.
“He’s going to help us a lot,” Tomlin said. “We’re really excited to have Kokko out here.”
Fischel, a sophomore at Willamette University, and Ruiz, a freshman at CR, are both young enough to still play for the 19U team and will join an already loaded roster of local stars.
Both were anticipated to debut with the Crabs after impressive springs with their respective college teams before the season was cut short due to the ongoing pandemic.
The two will give Tomlin even more depth.
“The talent we have on the field is unbelievable,” the head coach said after Wednesday night’s opening day of tryouts.
The Eagles 19U also have a pair of future Pac-12 pitchers in Arcata’s Merek Sears and St. Bernard’s Nick Dugan, as well as Santa Rosa JC commit Cameron Saso, who was the MVP Pitcher of the Big 5 last year.
Tomlin is hoping to play an intra-squad game behind closed doors before the end of the month.