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Eagles win again, clinch top seed for tourney final four


Fiel photo – CJ Van Meter

The Humboldt Eagles 19Us won for the second straight night at the West Coast Invitational Baseball Classic on Friday, getting the better of the River Dawgs 8-4 in Grants Pass.

CJ Van Meter pitched five strong innings for the win and the Eagles enjoyed a balanced team performance at the plate with eight different players accounting for 12 hits.

The win improves the Eagles to 33-10 on the summer and secures a No. 1 seed for Sunday’s tournament final four.

Van Meter allowed just three hits and two walks, while striking out five, before closer Hayden Bode came in to pitch the final two shutout innings and was just as impressive.

After giving up two runs in the bottom of the first, the Eagles trailed 2-1 until the fourth, when the offense came alive, scoring seven unanswered runs over two innings to take control.

Landon Gomes, who had a monster day at the plate in Thursday’s 21-0 tourney opening win against Ice Baseball, carried the momentum into Friday, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Jaden Gorge also had a pair of hits, including a triple, while Cameron Saso finished 2-for-2 with a double and two runs scored.

Bode also scored twice and had a triple and an RBI, while allowing just one hit and one walk in two innings on the mound and striking out one.

Caleb Ruiz, who has been one of the team’s most consistent players all season long, finished 2-for-3, while Keenan Morris, Corbin Eichin and Parker Rodgers each added a hit.

The Eagles continue tournament play on Saturday when they play Mudville at 5 p.m.

If they win their opening game on Sunday morning, they will play for the championship at 3 p.m.

This is the final weekend of the season.

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