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Eagles 19U cruise in tournament opener

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File photo – Landon Gomes

The Humboldt Eagles got the final weekend of the season off to flying start on with a 21-0 win over ICE Baseball in five innings at the West Coast Invitational Baseball Classic in Grants Pass on Thursday evening.

Landon Gomes had a monster day at the plate and Lane Thrap and Hayden Bode combined for a one-hitter on the mound, as the Eagles took control of the game early and never looked back.

Gomes, who will play at Butte College after the summer, finished 4-for-5 with a triple, a double and five RBIs.

Caleb Ruiz, a freshman at College of the Redwoods this past spring, also had a triple and a double, while driving home three runs.

With the win, the Eagles improved to 32-10 on the season.

Thrap got the start on the mound and was in control the whole way, pitching four innings of one-hit ball, while walking no one and striking out three.

Bode pitched one hitless inning in relief while striking out one.

Bode Joyner added a double and two RBIs, and scored three times, while Parker Rodgers added a triple and three RBIs, and Drew Nylander finished 1-for-2 with two RBIs and three runs.

Cole Ayala and Alex Gorge each also had a base hit and scored twice each, while Jaden Gorge drove in two runs and scored three.

The Eagles, who had two errors on the day, had 16 free passes in what was a sloppy game for their opponents, including getting hit by a pitch seven times, three by Jaden Gorge alone.

The Eagles continue tourney play on Friday, playing Grants Pass at 7:30 p.m.

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