American Legion

Patriots coming together, even series with Eagles

The Southern Humboldt Patriots moved above .500 with a 6-3 win over the Humboldt Eagles in 17U American Legion baseball on Monday.

With the win, an improving Patriots team is now 3-2 on the young season and 1-1 against the Eagles.

“We’ve been improving each outing,” head coach Justin Andersen said. “I like the way they’re coming together as a team and enjoying playing together.”

With Southern Humboldt also fielding a 19U team (the 76ers), this summer’s 17U roster is very young, with mostly high school freshmen and even a couple of eighth graders.

A number of the players are also playing new positions this season, but they are beginning to settle in and the team’s defense has been improving.

Cole Victorine led the way at the plate in Monday’s win, finishing 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs, while teammate Colt Chamberlain was 1-for-3 with two runs.

“We didn’t have a big offensive day, but we had productive at-bats,” Andersen said. “We did a good job moving runners over.”

Drew Franklin got the win on the mound, pitching all seven innings and allowing just two earned runs on six hits, while walking no one and striking out seven.

Tyler Schlesinger led the Eagles at the plate, finishing 2-for-4.

The Patriots play the Northern Humboldt Knights on Wednesday and will play the Eagles again at Newburg Park in Fortuna on Friday night.

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