By Ray Hamill — As we move from high school to summer sports, it’s time to begin recognizing some of the summer baseball players for their achievements.
And none has been as impressive through the early going as Eureka’s Myles Standish, who is coming off a huge performance at the USA Baseball 16U National Team Championships in Arizona.
And that earns him the nod for this week’s Humboldt Sports Athlete of the Week, sponsored by College of the Redwoods Athletics.
Our team of the week, meanwhile, goes to the Arcata Barnes Little League team.
Last week, the Arcata players capped a big few days by beating RELL to claim the district Tournament of Champions.
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Standish enjoyed an outstanding spring pitching for the Eureka Loggers, where he quickly established himself as one of the top young pitchers in the H-DNL in just his sophomore season.
He has carried that momentum into the summer, and the Loggers’ ace is now turning heads at a national level.
On Wednesday of last week, Standish was named Pitcher of the Day at the prestigious USA Baseball 16U National Team Championships.
The Loggers lefty pitched four hitless innings against some of the top young players in the country, striking out eight of them in a 7-0 victory.
For more on Standish’s big week, see H-DNL ace earns pitcher of the day honors at big national tourney …
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Arcata Barnes Little League
The district held a three-day TOC for the first time in two years at the Redwood Fields in Cutten last week, and when all was said and done it was the Arcata Barnes players that walked away with bragging rights.
After a big win on opening day, the Arcata players won their semifinal on a walk-off against an energetic Klamath Trinity team, before beating RELL 13-7 in the championship game.
Gavin Anderson pitched a gem for the win in the decider and Tanner Kees hit three home runs and a triple, but they were far from the only heroes in a complete team performance.
Rylan Kees, Jack Bertell, Eli Greenway, Nolan Neff, Justin Noga, Canyon Martin, Luke Powell, Nathan Alto and Fisher Bjorlsstadt all played their part in the tournament victory.
For more on Arcata’s big win, see Arcata boys crowned TOC champions …