By Ray Hamill — The Humboldt Eagles 19U coaching staff has finalized its roster for the summer baseball season.
The local American Legion team will feature all-stars from all over the county, with players from seven of the nine H-DNL baseball programs.
“The talent we have on the field is unbelievable,” is how head coach Matt Tomlin described it.
This year’s team features three collegiate players still young enough to play, as well as several more on their way to the next level.
Six of the 18 are Eureka High products, with four from St. Bernard’s, two each from Fortuna, McKinleyville and Arcata and one from both South Fork and Ferndale.
Several of the players were also on the team last summer, making it to the final four in state play.
The roster includes Eureka’s Zac Anderson, Drew Nylander, Keenan Morris, Hayden Bode, Parker Rodgers and Ethan Fischel.
Fischel, who plays at Willamette University, is one of the collegiate players on the roster, along with former St. Bernard’s standout Caleb Ruiz (College of the Redwoods) and former Arcata standout Jaden Gorge (Shasta College).
St. Bernard’s Bode Joyner, Lane Thrap and Nick Dugan also made the final cut, along with Fortuna’s Branson Gans and Cole Ayala, the latter of whom will back up Rodgers behind the plate and has shown some substantial promise early on despite being the youngest player on the squad.
Arcata’s Merek Sears, who will be taking his talents to Washington State this fall, and McKinleyville’s Cameron Saso and Corbin Eichin also made the cut.
Saso is on his way to play at Sata Rosa JC, while Eichin, who will be a senior next year, has been one of the standouts through practice so far.
Ferndale’s Landon Gomes, who will play at Butte College in the fall, and South Fork’s CJ Van Meter, who is a freshman at UCLA, round out the roster.
Joining Tomlin in the dugout will be hitting coach Buster Pidgeon, pitching coach Jim Pastori, and assistant coaches Brad Morgan, Jason Gable and Kokko Figueiredo.