By Ray Hamill — The North Coast got a pleasant surprise this weekend, when competitive team sports returned to Humboldt County.
The Northern Humboldt American Legion baseball teams hosted the Tehama Bulls in a pair of doubleheaders at the Arcata Little League Fields, in what were the first official games in the area since March 11.
The weekend action ended 94 days without local team sports because of COVID-19, a drought that included the entire high school baseball season.
And for the players, it was an enthusiastic return to action.
“The kids are dying to play, and we’re just trying to do our best social distancing,” Northern Humboldt coach Troy Ghisetti said.
There were many notable restrictions in place.
Players were not allowed in the dugouts, there were no high fives and there was no home plate umpire, with balls and strikes being called from an umpire standing several feet behind the pitcher.
The Giants got the action started on Saturday with a pair of wins, defeating the Bulls 6-1 in game one and 11-1 in game two.