Arcata’s Elam Wright is fast making a name for himself behind the plate.
On Saturday, Wright was instrumental in helping the Northern Humboldt Knights sweep a doubleheader of 16U American Legion baseball action against the Humboldt Eagles at the Redwood Fields in Cutten.
The Tigers freshman caught all 14 innings without a single passed ball or error, an impressive outing at any stage of the season but particularly so from a player who didn’t seen any action all spring.
“Without that guy, the outcome would have been different,” Knights head coach Sean Brantley said. “And he pretty much called both games.”
The Knights, who had split their opening two doubleheaders of the summer season, won 6-2 and 5-3.
“The bats showed up,” Brantley said. “We had a pretty consistent day hitting the ball, and for the most part they played their tails off.”
Wright was far from the only contributor, as the Knights upped their mark to 4-2.
Miles Oliver continued to impress, this time on the mound, throwing six innings for the win in the opener, while striking out five and allowing no earned runs,
Wright also had a big impact on offense, finishing 3-for-4, as did Brody Mattz, who also had an RBI.
Chase Coleman added a pair of hits and an RBI, while Anthony Ebbert was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.
Oliver, Ty Ghisetti and Ray Rusgrove each had a hit and a run.
Another Knights player who is finding his groove early in the season is Noah York, who had a big day at the plate, finishing with three hits and an RBI over the two games, including a pair of doubles.
Oliver continued to impress in the nightcap, finishing 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored, while Chase Coleman was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
Mattz added a double and an RBI, while Wright rounded out a huge individual day with another hit.
Tyler Schlesiger also had a big game in the nightcap, pitching three solid innings and helping his own cause with a base hit and a run.
Coleman got the win in relief, holding the Eagles without a run in 3.2 innings.
Relief pitcher Noah Waterhouse also was solid on the mound after earlier making an outstanding unassisted double play at first base with the bases loaded and just one out.
Waterhouse’s leaping grab and quick reaction to step on the base kept the Knight’s 3-2 lead in tact.
Eagles continue to get solid pitching
Despite the losses, the Eagles also had some solid performances throughout their lineup, most notably again from the pitchers.
Matt Letter threw four good innings in the opener, striking out four and allowing one walk and five hits, while Brody Tomlin gave up just two earned runs in 3.1 innings in the nightcap, while walking one and striking out five.
Both Cooper Ohlson and Robert Williams were also solid in relief.
“Our pitchers played well. We threw a lot of strikes,” Eagles head coach Eric Giacone said. “I would say our situational defense is where we had our letdowns.”
Jack Saso had a big day at the plate, finishing with three hits over the two games, all of them doubles, while Camerin Goddard also had three hits, including a double, and three RBIs.
Marshall Harper was 2-for-2 with a run scored in game two, while Cody Saurs had a double and Letter and Mason Cammack a base hit each.
Myles Standish also had a base hit in the opener.