Eagles finalize all-star roster, get set for big season opener

By Ray Hamill — With Matt Tomlin returning as head coach of the team, the Humboldt Eagles 19Us finalized their roster on Thursday as they get set for a big season opener on Friday.

The 20-player all-star squad features some of the best local collegiate and high school talent from five different H-DNL schools.

Fortuna is the most represented school with seven former or current players included, with four each from Arcata, Eureka and St. Bernard’s and one representative from Del Norte.

The all-local team also includes seven current collegiate players from four different JCs, including four players who played at College of the Redwoods this spring.

The Eagles open the season at the Arcata Ball Park on Friday night against the Humboldt Crabs, who feature several former Eagles players this summer.

First pitch is set for 7 p.m.

Weather permitting, the Eagles are also scheduled to play three games against the Fairfield Expos at Bomber Field in Eureka this weekend, with a doubleheader on Saturday at 5 p.m. and a single game on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

The 2022 roster includes Fortuna’s Regan Nyberg and Joey Quen, Eureka’s Alexander Sorensen and Arcata’s Mason Nichols, each of whom played with CR this past spring, as well as Eureka’s Parker Rodgers (Butte College) and Ethan Pesch (Folsom Lake College) and Fortuna’s Branson Gans (Santa Rosa JC).

The roster also includes Arcata’s Vincent Agliolo, who is coming off an MVP-caliber season for the co-Big 5 champs, as well as his longtime high school teammate Nick Parker.

Fortuna standouts Daniel Osborne, Matt Letter, Cole Ayala and Rylan Lommori also made the cut, as did St. Bernard’s Cayden Lee, Aidan Dorsch, Jeran Ford and the speedy Carl Nunes.

Rounding out the roster are Eureka’s Cayden Vance, who played a pivotal role for the co-Big 5 champion Loggers this year, and Del Norte’s Jared Dixon, who was a consistent bright spot for the Warriors in his senior campaign.

Arcata senior Alex Gorge also is included on the roster but will be unable to play after suffering an injury to his hand in the North Coast Section playoffs.

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