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The Birds are Hot! — Eagles stretch winning streak to four


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Playing in 110 degree weather hasn’t prevented the Humboldt Eagles 19Us from putting together their most impressive run of the season.

The local American Legion club stretched its winning streak to four straight with three wins in 24 hours at the Medford tournament.

Late Friday night, the Eagles beat Grants Pass 6-5 on a walk-off base hit by Landon Gomes.

They followed that on Saturday with a 20-4 win over Roseburg Docs in the morning and an 8-4 win over the Withnell Dodgers in the afternoon.

The Eagles, who came into the tournament with a record of 2-9, have won all four of their games at the tourney and are clearly building momentum.

“We’ve been emphasizing hitting and it kind of clicked,” said head coach Jeff Mielke, who praised the leadership roles both Keenan Morris and Parker Rodgers have taken this summer. “Hitting is contagious, and the guys are gelling and figuring it out.”

The Eagles have 51 hits in four games at the tournament.

Friday night’s game was a thriller, with the Eagles battling back from a 5-1 deficit with five runs in the final two innings, culminating with Gomes’ big two-RBI hit with the bases loaded.

Morris had three hits, including a double, while Gomes and Rodgers each had two hits, including a double by Gomes.

Mason Nichols and Caden Vance both also hit a double, while Xander Sorensen pitched one inning for the win in relief of Jeran Ford and Connor Johnson, who each pitched well.

It was the fourth straight one-run game for the team, which is 3-1 in those games.

The Roseburg game was a blowout, with the Eagles scoring 16 runs in the top of the fifth.

Their 17 hits included seven doubles, two by Vance.

Vance, Johnson and Hunter Davis each finished with three hits, while Nichols and Matt Letter each had two.

Sorensen got his second win on the mound in consecutive games, this time in relief of Hayden Bode.

Later in the day, Bode led the way at the plate against the Dodgers, hitting a pair of home runs and finishing 3-for-4 with four RBIs.

Daniel Osborne also had three hits, including a double, while Rodgers had two hits and Morris and Nichols a double each.

Letter pitched five solid innings for the win.

The Eagles (6-9) close out the round-robin tournament against Klamath Falls on Sunday, before returning to the North Coast to play the Southern Humboldt 76ers on Tuesday.

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