American Legion

Strong pitching, home runs lead Eagles 19Us to victory

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The Humboldt Eagles rallied from an early deficit to pull out a 6-4 win over Headfirst Honors on opening day at the Reno tournament on Friday.

The local 19U American Legion baseball club has been enjoying life on the road lately, and the Eagles have now won seven of their last nine games, with their only two losses in that time coming against the Southern Humboldt 76ers here on the North Coast.

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On Friday, they gave up two runs in the bottom of the first inning, but responded immediately and never trailed after that.

“We gave up two early and got them right back,” head coach Jeff Mielke said. “That’s good resilience. We didn’t get too down on ourselves and we understood it’s part of the game.”

Jaden Gorge pitched seven strong innings for the win, giving up just two earned runs on six hits, while walking no one and striking out six.

He got some big help on offense, as the Eagles stayed hot at the plate with Parker Rodgers and Landon Gomes both hitting home runs.

The ever-consistent Rodgers was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, while teammate Keenan Morris continued his big summer with a triple.

“Jaden kept them off balance and Keenan stayed hot, and obviously Parker and Gomes in the middle of the lineup are doing well,” Mielke said. “All-around it was a good baseball game for us.”

Cole Ayala and Xander Sorensen each also had a hit in the win, as the Eagles improved to 8-10.

They continue tournament play with a second game on Friday night and an early doubleheader on Saturday.

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