The Humboldt Eagles had a rocky start to the 19U American Legion baseball season on Saturday, dropping both games of a doubleheader against the Medford Mustangs.
The Eagles managed just two hits in a 12-0 loss in game one, before dropping the nightcap 9-2, and the team had problems on the mound, at the plate and on defense.
“This was definitely a learning session,” new head coach Jeff Mielke said afterwards. “It tells us what we need to get better, and hopefully the kids will see that. Tomorrow’s another day.”
Connor Johnson and Daniel Minton took the losses on the mound.
At the plate, Keenan Morris and Mateo Gutierrez got the team’s only hits in the opener.
The Eagles did play better in game two, with Morris capping a good individual day at the plate with two more base hits and two RBIs.
Daniel Osborne also had two hits in the loss, with Mason Nichols and Hunter Davis rounding out a six-hit team performance.
The Eagles play the Mustangs again on Sunday before heading to the Arcata Ball Park on Tuesday night to play the Humboldt Crabs.
The Crabs will lift their ticket restrictions in time for the big all-local showdown, with more than 800 fans expected to attend.