By Ray Hamill — As if the summer hasn’t been challenging enough, the on-again, off-again nature of the American Legion baseball season has not helped matters.
The good news for the Humboldt Eagles 17U team, however, is they will be back in action at this weekend’s Northern California Country Classic at Yreka and Medford.
The Eagles, who have not played in almost two weeks after county officials stepped in to halt all local games, will open the four-day tournament against Yreka on Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m.
The Humboldt Eagles 19U team will also be back in action at the same tournament, opening at Medford at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
The 17Us are 6-4 on the season and were on a bit of a roll before the recent suspension, having won four of five games.
According to head coach Jeff Mielke, the players have had to take a different approach to this summer after missing out on the entire spring season, putting more of an emphasis on developing their skills and working on their game rather than just showing up for the games.
“I told the guys at the beginning of the season that they were going to have to approach it with an ‘I want to learn attitude,’” Mielke said. “And they’ve been asking questions and putting in the work.
“This team has definitely taken on the improvement aspect,” he added. “And not having the spring season means all of that shifted to the summer.
“This team has really embraced that mentality. The attitude’s there.”
The Eagles have continued to practice over the past two weeks.