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Eagles pitching dominates as 19Us sweep doubleheader from the Bulls

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Branson Gans delivers a pitch during game one of Saturday’s doubleheader.

The Humboldt Eagles 19Us won a pair of games against the Tehama Bulls at Bomber Field on Saturday, taking the opener 6-1 and winning game two 11-3 in six innings.

Strong pitching was the story of the day, with four different Eagles impressing.

Branson Gans got the start on the mound in game one and did not disappoint, throwing six strong innings for the win.

The former Fortuna Husky allowed just one unearned run and no walks, while striking out seven.

Recent St. Bernard’s graduate Aidan Dorsch pitched one scoreless inning to close out the game and struck out two.

Another Fortuna player, Cole Ayla, had a big day at the plate as he continues his impressive 2022 in baseball.

Ayala finished 1-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs in the opener and then went 3-for-3 with a double and two more RBIs in game two.

Gans capped a good all-around day by going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs in game two, while Jeran Ford was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs and Dorsch was 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

The Eagles scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break open a close game and end the game on the eight-run rule.

Matt Letter makes a play at second base during game one on Saturday.

Joey Quen continued to impress on the mound and is enjoying a good summer with the team.

The College of the Redwoods player pitched four strong innings for the win, with Arcata graduate Vincent Agliolo pitching two scoreless innings for the save.

The Eagles, who are now 5-3, will play the Humboldt Eagles 17Us in a single game at Bomber Field at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The Eagles 17Us were originally scheduled to play two Sunday games against Colusa, which backed out of the trip to Eureka.

Parker Rodgers

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