Both Humboldt Eagles teams got the Northern California Country Classic off to a winning start on Thursday in a pair of exciting baseball games.
The 19Us scored twice in the top of the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie, and held on to beat Medford 4-3 in Medford.
The 17Us overcame a one-run deficit with three runs in the top of the seventh on the way to defeating Yreka 5-3.
Caleb Ruiz had a big day for the 19Us, pitching five solid innings and helping his own cause with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate, while also driving in a run.
On the mound, Ruiz allowed two earned runs on five hits, while walking five and striking out three.
Cameron Saso got the win in relief, holding Medford hitless over the final two innings, while walking one and striking out four.
The ever-reliable Landon Gomes continued to impress at the plate, finishing 2-for-3 with three RBIs, while Saso added a double.
Keenan Morris rounded out a seven-hit team performance.
The Eagles broke the deadlock with two runs in the top of the fifth, but Medford battled back to tie things up again with runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings.
The Eagles continue tournament play with a doubleheader on Friday playing the Expos at 1 p.m. and Siskiyou at 7 p.m.
Brooks gets clutch hit for 17Us
Gavin Brooks came up with a clutch game-tying RBI double in the top of the seventh, as the Eagles rallied to beat Yreka.
With runners at second and third, the Eagles then took the lead on a passed ball, before Austin McConnell doubled to score Brooks for an insurance run.
And that was enough for Tyler Dimmick, who got the win on the mound in relief of starter Jeran Ford, pitching the final three innings.
At the plate, McConnell finished 2-for-3, while Rogan Bode was 1-for-4 with a stolen base and Regan Nyberg 1-for-4 with a double.
The Eagles, who traveled over on Thursday morning, looked sluggish to start the game, before rallying late.
“We were kind of quiet for the first four innings,” head coach Jeff Mielke said. “I felt like we drove four hours and it showed, but we ended up picking it up.”
The Eagles continue tourney play against Fairfield TC at 2:30 p.m. on Friday.