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Big day at the plate for Eagles 19Us at Roseburg tournament

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Photos by Mark Gorge

There was no shortage of offense on Friday as the Humboldt Eagles 19Us continued to roll at the Roseburg Fourth of July tournament in Oregon.

The local American Legion all-star baseball squad racked up 30 hits on the way to sweeping a doubleheader of action, beating the Ole Athletics 9-0 in the opener and following that with a 9-3 win over the Doc Stewarts.

There were several standout performances on the day, none more so than the Eureka duo of Hayden Bode and Zac Anderson, who had multiple hits in each game.

Bode, in his first summer with the 19Us, has been outstanding both at the plate and on the mound, and that continued on Friday with six hits.

After going 4-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in the opener, he was 2-for-2 with two runs in game two.

In two days at the tournament, the soon-to-be Loggers senior is a very impressive 8-for-9 with two doubles.

Anderson, meanwhile, had five hits over the two games including a double in each, and drove in three runs in the opener.

Keenan Morris, Jaden Gorge and Cole Ayala each remained hot with three hits apiece on the day, including doubles by Morris and Ayala.

Branson Gans had the hit of the day with a triple in game two, finishing 2-for-4 with four RBIs and a run, while Bode Joyner and Caleb Ruiz each also had two hits in the nightcap, including a double by Joyner.

The Eagles scored a run in each of the first two innings to hold a slender advantage in game one, before adding four runs in the top of the fourth to take command.

They blasted 18 hits in game two, again taking control with four runs in the top of the third, and led by eight before their opponents scored their three runs in the bottom of the fifth.

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Photos by Mark Gorge

Merek Sears got the win on the mound in game one, allowing two hits and two walks in three innings, while striking out five.

Relief pitchers Bode, Gorge and Landon Gomes combined to preserve the shutout.

In game two, CJ Van Meter got the win, allowing four hits and a walk in 4.1 scoreless innings, while striking out one.

Gomes again was solid in relief, holding the Doc Stewarts hitless over the final two innings.

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Photos by Mark Gorge

The Eagles, who committed just one error over the two games, improved to 3-0 at the tourney and 18-2 on the season.

Gomes, Drew Nylander, Parker Rodgers and Lane Thrap each also had a hit.

The Eagles will continue tournament play on Saturday.

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