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Eagles 19Us split doubleheader in Eugene

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File photo – Parker Rodgers had three hits, including two doubles, against the Athletics on Friday night.

The Humboldt Eagles 19Us began a busy weekend by splitting a doubleheader at Eugene on Friday night, defeating the Ole Athletics 11-6 in the opener, before falling 3-1 to the Eugene Challengers.

Game one went to extra innings, with the Eagles scoring five times in the top of the eighth inning to break a 6-6 tie.

The Eagles combined for 15 hits in the win, including seven for extra bases.

Parker Rodgers and Cole Ayala each finished with three hits in the win, including a pair of doubles by Rodgers, who also scored three times.

Ayala also had a double and drove in a pair of runs.

Branson Gans added two hits, including a triple, as well as an RBI and two runs, while Bode Joyner was 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs.

Jaden Gorge also had two hits, while Corbin Eichin was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Keenan Morris added a double, while his Eureka High teammate Zac Anderson was 1-for-2.

Eichin got the win in the mound in relief, allowing one hit in two innings and striking out four.

Lane Thrap got the start and was solid for four innings, with Gorge throwing two innings in relief, allowing just one hit.

Game two was just as close, with the Challengers scoring three times in the bottom of the fifth and making it count for their second win over the Eagles this summer.

Caleb Ruiz was commanding on the mound despite the loss, allowing just three hits and four walks in a complete game.

Ruiz also struck out 12 and was 2-for-3 with a double to lead his team at the plate.

Morris and Gorge each also had a hit to round out a four-hit team performance, with Gans driving in Gorge in the top of the fourth for the team’s only run.

The Eagles, who are now 24-5, had three errors in the opener and none in the nightcap.

They will continue a busy weekend with two more games against the Challengers on Saturday.

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