By Ray Hamill — The Northern Humboldt Giants won for the second straight day at the American Legion 17U area tournament at the Arcata Little League fields on Thursday, defeating the Southern Humboldt Patriots 2-0.
Ethan Thomas and Vincent Agliolo combined on the mound for the shutout, with Thomas pitching five innings for the win.
Thomas gave up two hits while striking out four, and Agliolo threw two hitless innings to close out the game.
The Patriots, who dropped to 1-1 at the tournament, kept it close throughout, with pitcher Cody Collins going the distance and allowing just three hits.
Finn McRae had a hit for the Giants and drove in both runs, while Austin Brown also had a hit and scored both runs.
William Bommelyn also had a hit for the Giants, who will play the winner of Friday afternoon’s elimination game between the Patriots and Humboldt Eagles in the championship game at 5:30 p.m. on Friday evening.
Rylan Lommori got both of the Patriots’ hits.
Eagles 12, Knights 1, 5 innings
The Eagles scored 10 runs with two outs in the second inning on the way to the victory, avoiding elimination and moving within one win of a championship showdown.
Cooper Ohlsen pitched all five innings for the win, allowing just one run and striking out five.
Tyler Schlesiger finished 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs, while Matt Letter also had a double.
Sebastian Standish also was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
The Eagles, who are 1-1 in tournament action, play the Patriots at 2 p.m. on Friday.
Giants 10, Knights 0, 5 innings
Ty Ghisetti pitched all five innings for the win, while the in-form Bommelyn continued to have an impact at the plate, finishing 2-for-3.
Brown and Jason DeShaun each also had a hit in the win.