By Ray Hamill — Three former H-DNL players and Humboldt Eagles teammates will face off against each other this weekend, as the state JC baseball Northern Super Regionals get under way.
Fresh off their Big 8 Conference championship this spring, McKinleyville’s Cameron Saso and the Folsom Lake College Falcons are the No. 9 team in the state, and they open the Super Regionals on Friday against No. 14 Butte College, a team that includes former Ferndale Wildcat Landon Gomes and former Eureka Logger Hayden Bode.
Saso, who will play for the Crabs this summer, is enjoying a productive spring with the Falcons (34-6-1) and has been a two-way player for the team.
The 2020 Mack High grad averaged .237 at the plate with 16 walks and six doubles, while also posting an ERA of 3.38 on the mound with a 1-0 record and three saves, which was second best on the championship team.
Gomes also has enjoyed a big spring playing for Butte, which placed second in the Golden Valley Conference.
The 2020 Ferndale graduate, who was an all-conference honorable mention, appeared in 41 games for the Roadrunners (28-14) and batted .283 with a team-best 27 RBIs and eight doubles.
Bode, meanwhile, is a 2021 Eureka High grad and has made six appearances out of the bullpen for Butte with an ERA of 4.91.
The two teams will meet in the Northern Super Regionals in a best-of-three series, which gets under way on Friday, with a second game on Saturday and a possible third game on Sunday.
Last weekend, Saso and Folsom Lake got the better of West Valley in their playoff openers, winning 15-7 and 7-6.
Butte, meanwhile, got the better of Santa Rosa in their playoff openers, winning both of their games 4-3.
Folsom Lake is seeded No. 2 for the postseason, while Butte is No. 10.,
Another former H-DNL player, Arcata’s Jaden Gorge, enjoyed a big spring playing for Shasta College and was named to the all-Golden Valley Conference second team.