American Legion

Eagles perfectly positioned in Roseburg


File photo – Eagles catcher Parker Rodgers and pitcher Nick Dugan

The Humboldt Eagles have positioned themselves perfectly at the Roseburg Fourth of July tournament in Oregon.

The local 19U American Legion all-star team is 3-0 at the halfway stage of tournament play, and has already qualified for Sunday’s final four with two pool games still remaining on Saturday.

And they’ve done it without having to use two of their aces, Nick Dugan and Cameron Saso, each of whom is expected to get the start on the mound on Sunday.

“What we’ve accomplished at this tournament is something special,” head coach Matt Tomlin said after seeing his team sweep a doubleheader of games on Friday by scores of 9-0 and 9-3 and improving to 18-2 on the summer.

It was Thursday’s opener, however, that really set the team up for success, when the Eagles got the better of tourney favorites, the Springfield Timbers, 2-0 in eight innings.

Caleb Ruiz was once again sensational on the mound in the opening game, as he has been for much of the young season.

It was the offense, however, that stole the headlines in Friday’s two wins, with the Eagles exploding for 30 hits on the day.

“It was nice to see the bats come alive, and to see the offense really explode,” Tomlin said. “From one to nine in the order, everybody’s swinging the bat well right now.”

Hayden Bode and Zac Anderson, in particular, had huge games on Friday, while Cole Ayala, Keenan Morris, Jaden Gorge and Branson Gans, among many others, also had a big day.

The Eagles will play two more pool games in a split doubleheader on Saturday.

They play Medford at 8 a.m. and the Portland Lumberjacks at 5 p.m., with Gans and Lane Thrap scheduled to start on the mound.

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