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Eagles 17Us complete NorCal Country Classic sweep

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The Eagles 17Us made it a double sweep for Humboldt at the Northern California Country Classic on Sunday, getting the better of the Diablo Longhorns 8-0 at Yreka and closing out the tournament undefeated.

The 17Us follow in the footsteps of the older Humboldt Eagles players, who closed out the 19U tournament as undefeated champions on Saturday.

The 17Us broke open a tight game that featured a pair of aces on the mound with three runs in the fifth and gradually pulled away after that.

“We had some great pitching and defense,” head coach Jeff Mielke said. “And overall I was happy with the performance. I like my team to pride itself on pitching and playing defense, and we did that.”

Brayden Youkey pitched six shutout innings for the win, and finished with seven strikeouts, before Caden Vance capped an outstanding tournament with a shutout inning in relief, adding two strikeouts.

“There were two ace pitchers, so it was a close game,” Mielke said. “We had to grind out our runs.”

Regan Nyberg led a balanced team performance at the plate, finishing 2-for-5, while Cole Ayala had a triple and two RBIs.

Vance also had a hit and two RBIs, while Rogan Bode was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Gavin Brooks, Austin McConnell, Curtis Edge, Ethan Pesch and Tyler Dimmick each also had a hit.

The Eagles, who won all four games at the tournament, are now 10-4 on the season and have won eight of their last nine.

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