The Humboldt Eagles won an all-Humboldt County American Legion 17U baseball matchup in Brookings on Friday, topping the Northern Humboldt Giants 15-10 in a high-scoring affair.
Despite not being able to practice for the past few weeks, both teams opened the Beat the Heat Tournament with plenty of offense.
The Giants took a one-run lead in the bottom of the first, before the Eagles scored five times in the top of the second, only for the Giants to respond with four more runs in the third.
“On travel days we usually come out flat, but we hit the ball,” Eagles head coach Jeff Mielke said. “And we had good at-bats, where we weren’t pressing and we were waiting for our pitch.”
Gavin Brooks turned in an MVP performance, for the Eagles finishing 3-for-4 with three RBIs, while Austin McConnell was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.
Curtis Edge also had a pair of hits in the win, while Regan Nyberg had a double and Brayden Youkey was 1-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.
Daniel Minton pitched four innings for the win, earning the praise of his coach after another gutsy performance.
“That guy is a grinder,” Mielke said. “He gets up on the mound and he throws. He has a very good pitcher’s mentality.”
Connor Johnson pitched two solid innings in relief.
For the Giants, Cayden Lee continued his big week with another home run — he hit four in one game on Tuesday — this time a two-run blast.
Nick Parker also hit a two-run single, while Joey Quen was solid on the mound, in relief of starter Mason Nichols and Lee.
Defensively Jared Dixon also had a big catch in center field.
Eagles tie South Coos
Later in the day, the Eagles played out a 0-0 tie against South Coos, in a game that was called because of the tournament time limit.
Youkey and Jeran Ford combined for the shutout on the mound, allowing just a combined three hits.
Xander Sorenson led the Eagles at the plate, finishing 3-for-3, while Vance was 1-for-3.
The Eagles had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the seventh with a runner on third and one out, but were unable to plate the go-ahead run.
Tournament play continues on Saturday.