The Humboldt Eagles 19U bats are starting to warm up, but mistakes continue to cause problems for this year’s young team.
On Friday, the Eagles lost a close one, falling 8-7 to Yuba at the Fathers Day tournament in Chico and dropping to 1-6 on the season.
“We had 12 hits today, we just made mistakes at the wrong time,” head coach Jeff Mielke said.
This year’s team features a much younger lineup than the past two summers, when the Eagles had several experienced college-bound pitchers.
And a challenging schedule has made the opening week all the more difficult.
“We’ve definitely played a tough schedule,” said Mielke, whose team played the Humboldt Crabs earlier this week. “We’re trying to develop these players for next season, and facing better pitching and better hitting is how you get better.”
One bright spot on Friday was the hitting, with five different Eagles players getting multiple hits.
Fortuna’s Daniel Osborne continued to impress in the loss, finishing 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
“He’s been a little spark plug for us,” Mielke said of Osborne.
Parker Rodgers also has impressed and had two doubles and two RBIs in three at-bats on Friday, while Hayden Bode was 2-for-3 with a triple.
Jeran Ford and Hunter Davis each also had two hits, while Landon Gomes and Matt Letter rounded out a 12-hit team performance.
Eureka’s Caden Vance got the start on the mound and pitched 5.2 solid innings, with Xander Sorenson closing out the game.
“It was a good game,” Mielke said, adding that “I’m seeing progress and that’s what you want.”
Next up, the Eagles have a doubleheader to close out tournament pool play on Saturday, playing the West Coast Kings in the morning and Yolo 77 in the afternoon.
The tournament concludes on Sunday with the championship round.