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Giants cap impressive season with a pair of clutch performances

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Submitted photo – The NH Giants celebrate their championship on Sunday.

The Northern Humboldt Giants have dominated their opponents for much of the season, but they had to show another side of their game at their 17U end-of-season tournament at Fairfield this past weekend.

After losing on Friday night, the Giants had to rally for three straight wins in elimination games on the way to clinching the championship, including a pair of one-run victories on Sunday.

The Giants got the final day of action under way with a 9-8 win over Petaluma, rallying from a four-run deficit over the final three innings.

They followed that later in the day with a 4-3 win in the championship game against Yuba, the team that had toppled them on Friday night.

All in all, it was an exciting way to end the season for the impressive Giants, who closed out 34-5-1.

Vincent Agliolo got the win on the mound against Petaluma, throwing 5.2 innings in relief of starter Ethan Thomas.

Agliolo allowed just two runs on two hits while striking out three.

Agliolo also had a big game at the plate, leading a 15-hit team performance.

Both Agliolo and Will Mager finished with three hits, including a double each, while Thomas, Jason DeShaun and William Bommelyn each had two hits, including a double by DeShaun.

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Jared Dixon, Austin Brown and  Alex Gorge each also had a hit.

Finn McRae took the mound against Yuba and got the win, allowing six hits in six innings and striking out two.

Dixon pitched one hitless inning in relief for the save, striking out two.

Dixon also was instrumental at the plate, hitting a triple and a double, while Bommelyn finished with two hits.

DeShaun added a triple and Agliolo a double, with Major, Thomas and Brown rounding out a nine-hit team performance.

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