By Ray Hamill — The Humboldt Eagles 17U had to withstand a nervous ending on Saturday afternoon, but they were able to hold on for a fourth straight win, defeating the Tehama Bulls 9-8 at the Arcata Little League Fields.
The Eagles also defeated Sutter 12-1 in Cutten on Saturday morning.
“We’re building momentum,” said Eagles head coach Jeff Mielke, whose team is now 6-3 on the season.
The top of the lineup was once again instrumental in both wins, with Rogan Bode and Regan Nyberg each continuing their impressive start to the summer.
Bode, the team’s lead-off hitter, finished 3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored against Tehama, while Nyberg was 2-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs.
Another player who has quickly found his groove this summer is Brayden Youkey, who also continued to impress in both of Saturday’s wins, finishing 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs in the second game.
Youkey gave his team some momentum with a key RBI hit in the fourth inning of what was a back-and-forth game.
The Eagles took an early three-run lead, but found themselves trailing 4-3 after two innings.
Youkey’s big RBI hit keyed a three-run fourth inning for the Eagles, who then added three more in the sixth to seize control.
The Bulls, however, made for an exciting finish, pulling within one run in the seventh and loading the bases before Nyberg secured the final out with a big catch in center field.
“We handled the pressure,” Mielke said. “That was one of the closest games we’ve been a part of.”
Daniel Minton got the win on the mound in relief of starter Jeran Ford, with Austin McConnell clutch at the end and pitching the final out under pressure.
“We got the job done. We kind of had to grind,” Mielke said. “But like I told the guys, that’s baseball.”
Giants fall to Red Bluff
Dean Willick led the Giants at the plate in a 6-1 loss to Red Bluff on Saturday, finishing 2-for-2.
Walks were a problem for the Giants, who dropped to 5-3 on the season.
The loss follows a 7-3 win over the Humboldt Eagles 16U team on Friday.
Ethan Thomas got the win on the mound against the Eagles, allowing just two earned runs in 6.2 innings work, while striking out seven.
Nick Parker led the way at the plate, finishing 2-for-4 with two doubles, while Vincent Agliolo and Finn McRae each finished 2-for-3.