One day after it was announced all games within the county have been suspended, the Humboldt Eagles 19U American Legion baseball team took to the road on Thursday and came away with one of their most impressive wins of the season.
Playing at the Roseburg Fourth of July tournament, the Eagles knocked off tourney favorites, the Springfield Timbers, 2-0 in eight innings.
“That was a big-time win,” head coach Matt Tomlin said.
Once again, the Eagles won with some stellar pitching, with Caleb Ruiz getting the start on the mound.
“We knew they were the favorites so we decided to throw Ruiz in game one,” Tomlin said. “He’s kind of been our ace and he was lights out, and we played great defense behind him.”
Ruiz, who threw a no-hitter in his last start, shut down the Timbers for 7.1 innings for the win, allowing three hits and four walks, while striking out four.
Nick Dugan got the save, striking out the final two batters with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth.
The Eagles broke the deadlock with both of their runs coming in the top of the eighth. (See video highlights.)
Jaden Gorge, Landon Gomes and Hayden Bode each had a big day at the plate, with the red-hot Gorge finishing 3-for-4 and driving in one of his team’s two runs.
Gomes and Bode each finished 2-for-3, with Bode hitting a ground-rule double that bounced over the left field fence.
“Those three guys have really been hot,” Tomlin said.
Keenan Morris also had a big say at the plate, driving in his team’s other run, while Parker Rodgers finished 1-for-3.
Bode and Zac Anderson scored the two runs, with Anderson getting the job done as a pinch runner once again.
The Eagles, who are now 16-2, continue tourney play on Friday, playing Eugene at 12:30 p.m. and Grants Pass at 2:45 p.m.
CJ Van Meter and Merek Sears are scheduled to get the starts on the mound.