It certainly has been an exciting start to the American Legion baseball season for the Northern Humboldt Knights.
On Thursday, the 15U squad split a second doubleheader in just five days, this time against the Humboldt Eagles, with the Knights taking the opener 5-4 and the Eagles bouncing back to win the nightcap 3-2.
All four of the Knights games thus far have been decided by just one run, and Thursday’s games were well played by both teams.
“They were two really good baseball games,” Eagles coach Eric Giacone said. “They were competitive and they were well played. I thought it was a really good day of baseball, especially considering the layoff.”
The Eagles were making their season debut, and enjoyed big contributions from throughout their lineup, most notably from their starting pitchers and Marshall Harper at the plate.
The Knights also enjoyed some quality pitching, with Ray Rusgrove throwing four strong innings in the opener, before giving way to relievers Noah York and Tyler Schlesiger, each of whom also impressed.
Cedar Kline got the start in game two, impressing for the second time this week, before Ty Ghisetti closed out the game.
“Both games we had quality starts, but we just didn’t hit for them,” Knights coach Sean Brantley said.
Miles Oliver continued to impress for the Knights, hitting a base hit in each game, and scoring all the way from first in game two, as well as adding a stolen base.
Ghisetti also had a single in the opener, while Kline and Brody Mattz each drove in scores on a sac fly.
Chase Coleman, who also has impressed early in the season, added a base hit in the nightcap.
For the Eagles, Harper had several quality at-bats, finishing 2-for-4 in game one with a run scored.
Matt Letter added a double in game one and scored twice, while Seth Grammar was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
In game two, Mason Cammack was 1-for-2 with a run scored, Robert Williams was 1-for-4 with a run, and Jack Saso was 1-for-1 with an RBI.
Miles Standish and Camerin Goddard both had strong starts on the mound.
Standish allowed just one earned run in five innings in the opener, while walking three and striking out six.
Goddard threw four innings in game game two, while allowing one earned run and two walks and striking out four.
Matteo Gutierrez got the win in relief, allowing no hits and no walks in two innings, while striking out three.
“Both starting pitchers, Standish and Goddard, they threw strikes and they were efficient with their pitches,” Giacone said.