Just four days after dropping a pair of 5-4 American Legion baseball games to the Northern Humboldt Giants, the Southern Humboldt 76ers got the better of their county rivals by a score of 8-4 in Arcata on Saturday.
Vincent Meade pitched a complete game for the win, allowing four runs on four hits and one walk and striking out three.
At the plate for the 76ers, Regan Nyberg finished 2-for-3 with a double, while Aaron Head-Mason was 2-for-4.
Rylan Lommori, Wyatt Wilson, Branson Gans, Crue Contreras, Ethan Ward and Meade each added a hit.
The 76ers would go on to drop the second game of their doubleheader against Red Bluff, 6-3 in eight innings, and are now 2-5 on the young season.
“As a whole we played a lot better defense than we have the last couple of games,” 76ers head coach Andy Olsen said. “And the kids as a whole hit the ball well.”
The 76ers were limited to just two hits against strong Red Bluff pitching, with Nyberg and Head-Mason each getting one.
Wilson pitched five solid innings, with Nyberg taking the loss in relief, as Red Bluff scored three times in the eighth to break a 3-3 tie.
Agliolo homers as Giants respond
For the Giants, meanwhile, Vincent Agliolo and Chet Keasey each finished with a pair of hits against the 76ers.
It was just the team’s second loss in 12 games this season.
Austin Brown and Ty Ghisetti each also had a hit in the loss, while Brody Mattz pitched four solid innings for a no-decision, allowing seven hits and striking out three.
Brown took the loss in relief, allowing just two hits and two walks in three innings.
The Giants, however, would respond by beating Red Bluff 11-2 later in the day for their 10th win of the summer, playing much cleaner baseball in the victory.
Agliolo continued his impressive season with two more hits, including a three-run home run, while William Bommelyn also had a big game with three hits.
Ethan Thomas pitched six strong innings for the win, allowing six hits and one walk and striking out six.
Mattz and Alex Gorge each also had two hits in the win, while Ghisetti, Thomas, Brown and Jared Dixon each also had a hit.
The three teams will play another triple-header in Arcata on Sunday.