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Zeller leads the way for Eagles 17Us at Giants tournament

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Cole Zeller enjoyed a big weekend as the Humboldt Eagles 17Us won two of their three games at the Northern Humboldt Giants tournament.

The Eagles dropped their opener against the Beaverton Beavers, 4-3, but bounced back to defeat the Dirtbags 11-0 in five innings and Trinity 12-2 in six innings.

Zeller was outstanding all weekend and finished 7-for-9 with seven RBIs, including going 3-for-3 with a bases-clearing double and five RBIs against Trinity.

He also had a double and a triple in the opening game, as the Eagles pushed the Beavers all the way in a one-run loss.

“It’s been phenomenal seeing him come into his own the last few weeks, culminating in this weekend’s offensive outburst,” head coach Kennan Snipes said. 

Jorge Lopez-Cortes pitched six strong innings in the loss, allowing just two earned runs and giving his team a chance at victory, according to Snipes.

A couple of throwing errors led to the winning runs.

Cody Collins also had a big game in the loss and finished 2-for-4 with a run, while Tyler Maples, Drew Franklin and Miles Sorensen, each was 1-for-3, with Maples and Franklin both driving in a run.

Sebastian Standish pitched three strong innings for the win against the Dirtbags, allowing no runs on one hit and striking out two.

Franklin was equally effective in relief, tossing two hitless innings and striking out two.

Lopez-Cortes continued to impress, this time at the plate where he was 2-for-2 with two doubles, including a two-RBI blast.

Sorensen was 1-for-2 with a double while Gutierrez was 1-for-2 with an RBI, a walk and a stolen base.

Collins got the win on the mound against Trinity, allowing just two hits and one earned run in a complete-game performance and striking out 10.

The Eagles took full advantage of seven walks.

Gutierrez, Franklin, Maples and Standish each had a hit, with Gutierrez driving in three runs and Standish two.

Michael Jewell also had a big game and finished 2-for-3 with a double.

“I’m incredibly proud of my boys and how much fun this team has every day together,” Snipes said. “A great group.”

The Eagles will host the Southern Humboldt 76ers at the Redwood Fields in Cutten on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

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