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Eagles 19U rally again to win 34-run slugfest

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Fiel photo – Bode Joyner

The Humboldt Eagles 19Us overcame an early deficit for the second straight day, pulling out an 18-16 win over the River Dawgs at Grants Pass on Monday night.

Bode Joyner led the way at the plate for the Eagles, who scored six runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings in a game that featured 34 runs and 27 hits.

Joyner, who will be a senior at St Bernard’s in the fall, finished 3-for-4 with five RBIs, including two doubles, and scored twice.

“Bode Joyner had a monster game,” said head coach Matt Tomlin, whose team improved to 31-10.

Keenan Morris also continued his standout summer, finishing 2-for-4 with a triple and three runs scored, as the Eagles had just 10 players on hand because of injuries and other commitments.

And that meant Tomlin called up youngsters Alex Gorge and Cayden Lee from the Northern Humboldt Giants — who closed out their season the night before — with both players having an immediate impact.

Corbin Eichin and Caleb Ruiz each also had two hits in the win, including a double by Eichin.

Ruiz, who drove in four runs, got the win on the mound in a relief appearance, allowing one hit and one walk in two innings, while striking out one and holding a busy River Dawgs offense scoreless in the bottom of the seventh to seal the win.

Alex Gorge also had two hits and two RBIs in his 19U debut, while CJ Van Meter added a double and drove in a run.

Lee, Jaden Gorge and Lane Thrap each added a hit, with Thrap scoring four runs.

Jaden Gorge got the start on the mound, before giving way in the fourth to College of the Redwoods’ Chandler Jones, another player making his Eagles debut.

Seven Eagles errors did not help matters for the pitchers.

The local all-star team will be back to full strength this week as they get set to close out the season at the four-day West Coast Invitational Baseball Classic.

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