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Eagles win again with dominant pitching, plenty of offense 

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File photo – Cameron Saso pitched a no-hitter for the Eagles on Sunday.

The Humboldt Eagles 19Us continued to roll on Sunday and continued to get more outstanding pitching on the way to completing a four-game weekend sweep of the Sacramento Better Baseball.

The local American Legion club improved to 6-0 on the young season with 10-0 and 5-1 wins at St. Bernard’s.

“It was just unbelievable dominant pitching for us today,” head coach Matt Tomlin said. “We struck out a lot of guys.”

Starters Cameron Saso and Branson Gans each struck out 13 batters on the way to posting the wins, with Saso pitching a complete game no-hitter in the opener.

The outgoing McKinleyville High senior, who will join Santa Rosa JC in the fall, was just two walks away from a perfect game and has now pitched back-to-back no hitters, having also done so in his last start for McKinleyville High back in March.

Gans was every bit as effective, allowing just one hit in 5.2 innings, while not walking a single batter.

Ethan Fischel came in to relief the Fortuna standout and shut down the visiting offense for the final 1.1 inning, while walking one and striking out four.

Fischel also provided the offensive highlight of the day with a 400-foot two-run home run to left center field in the opener.

“It was a bomb,” Tomlin said.

The entire offense came to play, with 12 different players accounting for 20 hits over the two games.

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File photo – Drew Nylander was one of 12 different players to hit successfully for the Eagles on Sunday.

In the opener, Jaden Gorge was 2-for-4 and doubled for the third straight day, while Fischel and Gans each had two hits.

Landon Gomes continued his impressive start to the season with a base hit in each game, and the Ferndale High graduate has now hit successfully in all five of his starts this weekend.

Eureka’s Keenan Morris also had a big day with a double and an RBI in each game, while Parker Rodgers capped an impressive weekend with a hit in each game and two RBIs in the opener.

Rodgers also has hit successfully in all four of his starts and has five RBIs.

“The offense exploded,” Tomlin said. “They’re getting used to swinging the wooden bat. We really hit the ball hard today.”

Lane Thrap also had a big impact at the plate, finishing the day 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs, while Bode Joyner, Caleb Ruiz, Drew Nylander, Zac Anderson and Hayden Bode each also had a base hit.

Defensively, the Eagles were just as impressive, committing just one error on the day.

Gomes will get the start for a 3 p.m. showdown against Fort Bragg at St. Bernard’s on Monday.

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