American Legion

Eagles 19Us split again at Reno tourney

File photo – The Humboldt Eagles are 2-2 at the Reno tournament.

The Humboldt Eagles 19Us are 2-2 at the Reno Muckdogs tournament after splitting a pair of games on Saturday for the second straight day.

After opening the challenging tournament with a 6-4 win over Headfirst Honors on Friday afternoon, the Eagles then lost 2-0 to the Muckdogs on Friday night.

On Saturday, they fell 6-2 to the Diamond Sports Bulldogs and beat the Sawtooth Silver Streaks 5-1.

The Eagles, who are now 9-12 on the season, managed just three hits in Friday night’s showdown agains the talented Muckdogs, one each by Cole Ayala, Landon Gomes and Connor Johnson.

Ethan Pesch took the loss on the mound, giving up four hits in 3.2 innings, while walking five and striking out two.

The local American Legion continued to get solid pitching on Saturday, giving up just three hits in each game.

The problem for the Eagles is that when their pitching shows up, either their defense or offense lets them down, or vice versa.

“I don’t think we’ve played a complete game all tournament,” head coach Jeff Mielke said. “Hopefully tomorrow we’ll play a complete game where we put all three aspects together.”

The Eagles held the Bulldogs to just three hits but still lost, with Gomes hitting a home run for the offensive highlight of the game.

Curtis Edge and Xander Sorensen combined on the mound for the three-hitter.

Richard Reeves led the way at the plate, finishing 2-for-3, while Sorensen added a double and Mason Nichols rounded out a five-hit team performance.

Daniel Minton got the win on the mound against the Silver Streaks, pitching four strong innings and allowing just two hits and no walks while striking out four.

Johnson pitched three strong innings in relief, allowing just one hit.

Edge led the way at the plate, finishing 2-for-4, while Jaden Gorge and Keenan Morris each had a double.

Nichols, Johnson and Sorensen each also had a hit.

The Eagles close out tourney play on Sunday.

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