The Humboldt Eagles 17U were involved in another close game on Sunday, falling 4-3 to Sutter Varsity in the championship game of the American Legion tournament at the Arcata Little League Fields.
A day after they got the better of the Tehama Bulls by a score of 9-8, a late rally fell just short for the Eagles, who had their chances in the final inning with runners at second and third.
“Sometimes you get those hits and sometimes you don’t,” Eagles head coach Jeff Mielke said.
As it has for much of the season so far, the top of the lineup continued to set the pace for the Eagles in what was a back-and-forth game.
The Eagles took an early one-run lead, but found themselves trailing by one in the third and by two in the fifth, before they rallied to score twice in the bottom of the sixth.
Sutter re-took the lead in the seventh, before the Eagles threatened again in the bottom half of the inning.
“It was one of those games where it was too bad someone had to lose,” Mielke said. “We kept it close.”
An altered lineup didn’t help matters for the Eagles, who were forced to play shortstop Rogan Bode at catcher.
Regan Nyberg led the way at the plate, finishing 2-for-3, while the in-form Brayden Youkey was 1-for-3 with a double and Bode was 1-for-3.
Aidan Dorsch and Daniel Minton each also had a double and an RBI.
Youkey also pitched 4.1 solid innings, allowing eight hits and striking out three, before Dorsch came in close out the game.