By Ray Hamill — A very good Humboldt Eagles 19U pitching staff appears to be getting even better.
The local all-star American Legion club traveled to Oregon for a six-game road trip over the weekend, going 3-3 against some quality opposition.
Two players who definitely stood out were McKinleyville’s Corbin Eichin and Arcata’s Merek Sears.
Sears, who is on his way to play at Washington State, has been sensational all summer for the Eagles and not surprisingly has been one of the team’s most reliable aces.
Most fans expected to see that, and he hasn’t disappointed.
Sears was sensational against the Challengers in Eugene on Saturday night, pitching four very strong innings on the way to a 10-5 win that prevented the Challengers from sweeping a three-game weekend series.
Last year’s Humboldt Sports High School Pitcher of the Year, Sears allowed just two hits and no walks in four innings, while striking out six.
“Merek Sears was absolutely dominant against Eugene on Saturday night,” Eagles head coach Matt Tomlin said. “That was a good baseball club who had won two straight against us, and Merek stood up and pitched really well in that game.”
Eichin was equally impressive, posting two of his team’s three weekend wins in relief.
“Corbin Eichin had two outstanding relief outings,” Tomlin said of the soon-to-be Mack senior, who has been turning heads for the Panthers in recent years and is now doing so at a county-wide level. “He was really sharp on the mound.”
Eichin had seven strikeouts in 3.1 innings work over the two games on Friday night and Sunday morning, while walking one and giving up just one hit.