Dean Wellik scored a walk-off winning run on a passed ball to lead the Northern Humboldt Giants to a 2-1 win in game two of an American Legion baseball doubleheader with the Humboldt Eagles at the Arcata Little League Fields on Saturday.
The Eagles comfortably took the opener 10-1 in what was the second doubleheader split between the two local clubs this week.
Wellik reached base on a strikeout and passed ball, before being advanced all the way to third on a Vincent Agliolo double, and then scoring the decisive run on another passed ball.
“In the second game I thought our kids bounced back and did a nice job of staying focused,” Giants head coach Troy Ghisetti said.
In addition to scoring the winning run, Wellik was also one of the few bright spots on an otherwise disappointing day hitting wise for the Giants.
Wellik had a base hit in each game, while Alex Gorge also doubled in game two, and Jared Dixon and Mason Nichols each had a hit in the opener.
The Eagles, on the other hand, came out swinging, with Jeran Ford finishing 2-for-3 in the opener and providing the offensive highlight of the day with a home run.
“I thought we struggled all day with the bat, but in the first game the Eagles were on fire,” Ghisetti said. “They did a nice job taking advantage of base on balls and getting key hits.”
Curtis Edge also had two hits for the Eagles in the opener, while Richard Reeves had a big RBI double.
Gavin Brooks, Rogan Bode and Caden Vance each added a base hit.
On the mound, Brayden Youkey pitched five innings for the win, striking out six batters.
“Youkey pitched well,” Eagles head coach Jeff Mielke said. “He was dominant within the zone.”
Game two was not as productive for the Eagles, although Reeves, Youkey, Edge, Connor Johnson, Tyler Dimmick and Tyler Stemach each had a base hit.
Agliolo got the win on the mound in relief, pitching three solid innings and striking out three.
“We had to scratch and crawl for all the stuff we got in game two,” said Mielke, whose team left the bases loaded a couple of times.
The coach added, however, that he was “proud of the boys for the way they hit in game one. We took advantage of what we were given.”