The Humboldt Eagles had to overcome an early deficit on Friday on the way to a 7-5 win over Fort Bragg in American Legion baseball action at the Redwood Fields in Cutten.
The Eagles gave up five runs in the opening two innings, but chipped away at the deficit and took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Former St. Bernard’s standout Hunter Davis was instrumental in the comeback, hitting a two-run home run in the bottom of the third and pulling his team within one.
It was Davis’ fifth base hit in three games over two days.
“We started putting him in the middle of the lineup and asked him to do his part and he’s responded very well,” Eagles head coach Jeff Mielke said.
Former Hoopa pitcher Daniel Minton overcame a shaky start for the team, throwing four solid innings, and allowing just one earned run on four hits and two walks.
“Our pitching hasn’t been where we want it to be, but we got a solid start from Daniel Minton,” Mielke said. “He kept it close and our bats got to respond.”
Landon Gomes, who is enjoying a very good summer with the team, added two hits, as did Parker Rodgers and Matt Letter.
“We had to battle back,” Mielke said. “We held them when we had to and got some timely hitting.”
Richard Reeves, Caden Vance and Xander Sorensen each also had a hit, while Connor Johnson got the win on the win on the mound in relief of Minton.
Johnson allowed three hits and two walks in three innings, while striking out two.