American Legion

Giants keep rolling, open tourney play with two more wins


Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Giants shortstop Jared Dixon makes a play against Trinity on Friday afternoon.

The Northern Humboldt Giants continued their impressive summer with two more wins in American Legion baseball action on Friday.

The Giants opened their own 11-team, 17U tournament with a 5-3 victory over the Mendocino Dirtbags, and followed that with a 10-3 win over Trinity.

The tournament is taking place at both the Arcata Little League Fields and McKinleyville High.

Vincent Agliolo pitched five strong innings for the win in the opener, allowing just three runs on two hits and striking out seven.

Ethan Thomas pitched two strong innings in relief to secure the win.

Alex Gorge had two hits to lead the way at the plate for the Giants, who are a very impressive 17-2-1 on the season, while the in-form Will Mager and Finn McRae each added a double.

Jared Dixon, Brody Mattz, Ty Ghisetti and Miles Oliver each also had a hit.

Oliver also got the win on the mound against Trinity, allowing five hits in six innings and striking out six.

Gorge pitched a 1-2-3 inning in relief, while at the plate, Mager, Agliolo and Mattz each had two hits.

Giants pitcher Miles Oliver pitched six innings for the win against Trinity on Friday.

Mager enjoyed an outstanding week that also included five hits in a doubleheader sweep of the Humboldt Eagles on Wednesday.

Mager hit three doubles in the opening game as the Giants won 10-4 and 16-0.

Mattz also had five hits on the day, including a double, while Dixon and Thomas also had two hits each in the opener and Chet Keasey had two in the nightcap.

Giants third baseman Alex Gorge makes a play during game two of Friday’s doubleheader.

Thomas also got the win on the mound in the opener, as one of three pitchers used, while Gorge and Austin Brown combined for the shutout in game two.

And rounding out a busy week for the team, Oliver pitched five innings of shutout ball in a 10-0 win over a team from Portland on Thursday night, with the red-hot Mager and Thomas each finishing with two hits, including a double.

Mager had 10 hits in five games this week, including five doubles.

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