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Eagles continue to compete hard despite lack of practice

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Photo by Mark Gorge

By Ray Hamill — The Humboldt Eagles 19U baseball team competed hard against some tough opponents last weekend, according to head coach Matt Tomlin, and they did so without being able to practice for the past couple of weeks.

County health officials recently shut down all sports activities here on the North Coast after the spike in COVID-19 cases, and while the Eagles are still permitted to travel to play games, they are not allowed to play or even practice here in Humboldt County.

And that lack of practice was noticeable last weekend as the Eagles went 3-3 against some tough opponents on a six-game Oregon road trip, with a normally reliable Eagles defense committing 15 errors over the six games.

“I thought we competed really hard, and that made me very happy,” Tomlin said, admitting, however, that “we were sloppy. But we weren’t able to practice last week.”

Overall, it’s been a very successful summer season for the local county all-stars, who are now 26-7 and continue to enjoy stellar pitching and plenty of production at the plate.

The Eagles will travel to play at a tournament in Yreka this weekend.

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