By Ray Hamill — Making his first appearance in several months, Caleb Ruiz was sensational for the Humboldt Eagles 19U American Legion team on Friday afternoon.
The visiting NorCal Nationals had no answer for the College of the Redwoods freshman pitcher, who struck out 13 in 5.2 innings and allowed just one hit in a 5-0 win.
“Caleb came out so sharp for having such a long layoff,” Eagles head coach Matt Tomlin said. “He was in command of all three of his pitches and he attacked the strike zone.”
Ruiz also did not allow a single walk.
“Caleb Ruiz really kind of set the tone for us today,” Tomlin said. “He was dominant.”
Check out some of the pitching highlights here …
Ruiz wasn’t the only Eagles pitcher to impress on opening day, with former South Fork standout CJ Van Meter getting the win in game two, which the home team won 12-2.
Bode Joyner and Hayden Bode each also impressed on the mound in relief appearances, as the Eagles allowed just six hits and one earned run over the two games.
For more on the games, see Eagles 19U impress in opening day sweep …