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76ers halt Eagles’ surge in 19U Legion baseball

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File photo – Branson Gans

The Southern Humboldt 76ers beat the Humboldt Eagles 5-1 in 19U American Legion baseball at Newburg Park on Tuesday night, ending their rivals’ five-game winning streak.

The 76ers took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the second inning and never trailed, with Branson Gans in control on the mound.

Gans pitched six strong innings, holding the red-hot Eagles bats to just five hits and one walk, while striking out 11.

“Branson was in control and kept them off balance,” 76ers head coach Andy Olsen said. “He looked pretty sharp tonight.”

The 76ers, who improved to 4-6, out-hit the visitors 9-5, with Jenner Christiansen leading the way and finishing 2-for-3 with a double.

Aaron Head-Mason also had two hits and pitched one hitless inning in relief of Gans.

Tanner Curran added a double, while Ethan Ward, Crue Contreras, Garrett Christiansen and Gans each also had a hit.

“We hit the ball well,” Olsen said.

The Eagles were led by Hayden Bode, who finished 2-for-3, while the ever-consistent Keenan Morris added a triple and Mason Nichols and Cole Ayala each also had a hit.

Daniel Minton took the loss on the mound, allowing eight hits and one walk in four innings, with Ayala throwing two innings in relief, giving up one hit and striking out five.

With the loss, the Eagles are now 7-10.

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