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Saso dominates as Eagles rally to win at Medford

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File photo – Cameron Saso

Cameron Saso dominated in a relief appearance on Sunday, as the Humboldt Eagles 19Us rallied from a late three-run deficit to pull out a 9-6 win over the Mustangs in Medford.

With the win the Eagles ended a three-game losing skid to the Mustangs — including a 4-0 shutout earlier in the day — and posted their 30th win of the summer, with just 10 losses.

“Saso went six innings and was dominant,” head coach Matt Tomlin said of the former McKinleyville Panther who will play at Santa Rosa JC next spring. “He was throwing 89/90 miles an hour and he had an explosive slider, and was really untouchable. He gave us a chance to come back.”

So too did Keenan Morris, who stepped up behind the plate after the team’s two catchers — Parker Rodgers and Cole Ayala — went down injured.

“Keenan Morris caught the last four innings and really did a great job behind the plate for the team,” Tomlin said of the versatile Eureka standout, who also had two hits in the win. “He’s special.”

Saso took over from starter Bode Joyner in the second inning, allowing two earned runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out seven.

The offensive highlight of the day was a long Corbin Eichin home run, which helped key the late rally.

The in-form Eichin has been hugely influential for the team in recent weeks and was able to carry that momentum in the weekend series.

“He had a great weekend hitting the ball,” Tomlin said. 

Lane Thrap also had a big day, both on the mound and at the plate.

Thrap allowed just one hit and two walks in 3.1 shutout innings in game one after coming in for Eichin.

And he followed that with a couple of big hits in game two.

“He was a big part of our comeback,” Tomlin said of Thrap.

Eichin, Ayala and Landon Gomes each also had a pair of hits in the win, including a double by Ayala, while Caleb Ruiz added a triple and Jaden Gorge scored a pair of runs.

Saso also had a base hit and Zac Anderson an RBI.

Gorge, Gomes, Saso and Joyner each had a hit in the opener, as the Eagles were held to just four hits.

The Eagles will close out a busy weekend with a single game at Grant’s Pass on Monday evening.

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