By Ray Hamill — It’s going to be a busy few weeks for around 90 local players playing American Legion baseball this summer.
The three local clubs are each fielding two teams, with all of them expected to play around 24 games between now and late July.
“We have some talented kids here on the North Coast,” Southern Humboldt 76ers 19U head coach Andy Olsen said. “And I think that’s good for everyone across the county and shows the interest is there.”
The six local teams, which include two 19U rosters, feature players from eighth grade all the way to up to college, and the local teams have been competitive on a statewide level in recent years.
“All six of the teams locally have got a lot of kids, and the talent on the North Coast is pretty good right now,” Olsen said. “And hopefully this will help them improve.”
The Legion teams compete at the 19U and 17U levels, but also feature younger rosters playing against the 17Us.
The six local teams include …
- The Southern Humboldt 76ers 19Us and their 17U team, the Patriots.
- The Northern Humboldt Giants 17Us and their JV roster, the Knights.
- The Humboldt Eagles 19Us and 17Us.
Among the highlights this season will be a big tournament hosted by the Northern Humboldt Giants next week.
A total of 12 teams are expected to compete and games will be played at the Arcata Little League field and at McKinleyville High over three days.
The 17U district tournament will also be held in Arcata in mid July, while the 19U district tournament will be held in Fortuna and Eureka from July 8-11 and will also feature teams from Siskiyous, Petaluma and Portland.
Through the early going, the Giants are off to the most impressive start with a record of 9-1-1, including sweeping a doubleheader from the 76ers 19U team on Tuesday.
The 76ers 19Us are 1-4, while the Patriots are 5-2.
The Eagles 19Us are 1-4.