By Ray Hamill — The Humboldt Eagles 19U American Legion baseball team suffered a first loss of the summer on Wednesday evening, but bounced back quickly with their best offensive display yet in the second game of a doubleheader at St. Bernard’s.
The Eagles, who were playing the touring Team Australia, fell 7-5 in the opener and won 14-1 in game two, out-hitting their opponents 14-1 in the latter.
Landon Gomes, who has started the summer season on fire, continued to impressive with five more hits on the day, finishing 2-for-3 in the opener and 3-for-5 with an RBI in the nightcap.
Gomes has been the Eagles’ most consistent threat at the plate through the early season.
Caleb Ruiz, a freshman at College of the Redwoods this past spring, also had a big day at the plate, finishing 4-for-5 with a double and six RBIs in game two.
Ruiz, who also has begun the season on fire, now has seven hits and nine RBIs in his past two starts, going back to Monday.
Jaden Gorge and Branson Gans each also had two hits in the win, with Gans driving in a pair of runs and Gorge one.
Nick Dugan Merek Sears and Ethan Fischel added a hit each in the win.
Starter Corbin Eichin got the win on the mound, allowing one hit in two innings work.
Hayden Bode and Fischel each tossed two hitless innings in relief, with Fischel striking out four and Bode three.
Game one was a different story, however, as the visiting Colts broke a 5-5 tie with two late runs to hand the Eagles their first loss in eight games this year.
The Eagles found themselves in an early hole when the Colts scored five times in the top of the second, but battled back with three runs in the bottom of the third and two more in the fourth.
In addition to Gomes, Cameron Saso also had a big day at the plate in the loss, finishing 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.
Bode also had a hit and an RBI, while Keenan Morris was 1-for-4 and Eichin had an RBI.
Dugan got the loss on the mound in relief of Sears, who started and allowed six hits in 1.1 innings.
Ruiz and Gorge each also pitched in relief, holding the visitors in check before the late rally.
Former Humboldt Eagle Brady Munson, who was a freshman at Shasta College this past spring, made an appearance for the visitors, getting the start on the mound in game two.
Regan Bode also made his debut for the 19U Eagles team, getting the call up from the 17U squad to play catcher in game two.
After committing three errors in a single game on Monday, the Eagles did not have an error in Wednesday’s doubleheader.
The Eagles are now 8-1.