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Newcomers step up for short-handed Eagles

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Photo by Mark Gorge – Brothers Jaden (pitcher) and Alex Gorge (catcher) in action at Grants Pass on Monday night.

By Ray Hamill — Alex Gorge, Cayden Lee and Chandler Jones were called up for the Humboldt Eagles 19Us on Monday, with injuries and other commitments all taking their toll on the local all-star roster.

And all three had an immediate impact, playing a big part of a high-scoring 18-16 win over the River Dawgs in Grants Pass.

Gorge and Lee both played this summer for the Northern Humboldt Giants 17Us, who closed out their season the previous night with a championship win over Fort Bragg at the Beat the Heat Tournament in Brookings.

A quick turnaround saw both players make their debut for the 19Us on Monday, with Gorge finishing 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Lee going 1-for-4 with an RBI.

“Both of those guys did a great job,” head coach Matt Tomlin said.

Gorge got the start behind the plate after weekend injuries sidelined both of the Eagles catchers — Parker Rodgers and Cole Ayala.

The Eagles, in fact, were down to just seven players before adding the duo along with Jones, who plays at College of the Redwoods.

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File photo – Alex Gorge in action for the Giants earlier this summer.

“We needed some help to get through this road trip,” Tomlin said. “We picked up some guys and they all did a good job.”

Gorge, who will be a junior at Arcata this fall, combined with older brother Jaden Gorge, who got the start on the mound.

Jones pitched two innings in relief, before giving way to Caleb Ruiz, who got the win thanks to another late rally by the Eagles at the plate.

Humboldt scored six runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings to pull out the win.

The Eagles are now 31-10.

For more on the game, see Eagles rally again to win 34-run slugfest …

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