By Ray Hamill — Northern Humboldt Knights coach Sean Brantley paid tribute to his team on Wednesday evening, shortly after hearing the news their season has essentially been suspended.
All local American Legion baseball games have been put on hold for now due to ongoing concerns over COVID-19, and while the teams can continue to practice and can travel for games, it remains to be seen if they will get to play again this summer.
That, however, doesn’t take from what was a very impressive, albeit shortened, campaign by the Knights 15U team, the youngest in the county.
According to Brantley, every player on this year’s team showed a lot of promise and worked hard to earn their spot.
“I don’t have a kid on the team that I would say wasn’t a quality kid,” Brantley said. “They were all really good kids.”
A few in particular stood out on the field of play, including catcher Elam Wright, who will be a sophomore at Arcata High this fall and showed a huge upside on both sides of the plate this summer.
Outfielder Willie Bommilyn also showed a lot of promise.
“He’s super athletic and super fast,” Brantley said. “And he’s a good outfielder.”
Bommilyn is one of a handful of Del Norte standouts on the team — along with Ray Rusgrove and Brody Mattz — that should give their high school team a solid foundation going forward.
And they weren’t the only ones to impress.
Arcata’s Miles Oliver and Chase Coleman both had an impressive couple of weeks playing for the 6-3 Knights.
As did Cedar Cline.
The youngest players on the team, Tyler Schlesinger and Anthony Ebert, each also earned their spots in the lineup and were among the hardest working players on the team.
“Playing against older kids can be tough,” Brantley said. “But they handled the pressure.”