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Red-hot Giants sweep doubleheader from 76ers

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Giants pitcher Vincent Agliolo in action against the 76ers on Tuesday.

The wins keep coming for the Northern Humboldt Giants in American Legion baseball, while the Southern Humboldt 76ers are beginning to come together.

On Tuesday afternoon at the Arcata Little League fields, the Giants swept both ends of a doubleheader against the 76ers by identical 5-4 scores, including a walk-off win in game one.

The doubleheader featured some outstanding pitching.

Finn McRae got the win on the mound in game one, striking out nine in a complete-game performance and allowing just five hits and two walks.

Jared Dixon led the way at the plate with three hits in the win, while Vincent Agliolo added a double and William Bommelyn, Alex Gorge and Ethan Thomas each had a hit to round out a five-hit team performance.

Gorge drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh with the bases loaded, hitting a base hit to the outfield after the 76ers had shifted to five infielders.

Aaron Head-Mason pitched well for the 76ers, giving up just one earned run in 6.1 innings.

“We had some fielding issues in both games,” 76ers head coach Andy Olsen said. “We didn’t help ourselves with our defense, which was unfortunate because we had two good pitching performances.” 

Regan Nyberg slides safely home to score during Tuesday’s doubleheader.

Branson Gans finished with two hits in the loss, including a double, while teammate Wyatt Wilson added a double and Vincent Meade and Regan Nyberg each also had a hit.

Gans was just as effective on the mound in game two, allowing just two earned runs in six innings work.

Northern Humboldt’s Agliolo also pitched well, overcoming some early walks for the win.

The ever-dangerous Arcata High player allowed just three hits in a complete game, while striking out 10 and walking nine.

“It was a good pitchers’ duel,” Olsen said. “Kind of what we saw from these two in high school games every time they threw.”

Gorge capped a big day with two hits in the win, while Brody Mattz had a double and Agliolo, Will Mager and Jason DeShaun each also had a hit.

Nyberg, who will play at College of the Redwoods next year, continued to impress with two more hits in the loss, including a double, with Gans rounding out a three-hit team performance.

Branson Gans

The 76ers are only filling out their roster after the high school basketball season just ended, with Jenner Christiansen and Garrett Christiansen joining the team a few days ago.

Jenner Christiansen pitched well in a 3-2 win over Fort Bragg on Sunday, the team’s first win of the year.

“It’s kind of been Jekyll and Hyde,” Olsen said of the season so far. “But we’re hitting our stride. And we’re getting our full roster this week.”

The Giants are now 9-1-1, while the 76ers are 1-4.

The two teams will play twice more over the weekend, meeting on Saturday and Sunday as part of a triple-header each day with Red Bluff at the Arcata Little League Field.

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