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Eagles 19Us drop their playoff opener against Petaluma

Submitted photos – Action from Thursday’s game.

The Humboldt Eagles 19Us dropped their playoff opener in Fairfield on Thursday, falling 12-10 to Petaluma.

Despite the loss, they remain alive in the chase for a place in the state tournament in Fresno, but they will now have to win three straight games to get there.

They got off to a disappointing start against Petaluma and trailed 6-0 in the top of the first, but battled back and pushed their opponents all the way.

“The boys made me proud,” said head coach Matt Tomlin, who added that “they got up after getting knocked down and fought to the end.”

The Eagles had the potential trying run at the plate before Petaluma recorded the final out of the game.

Jared Dixon, Matt Letter, and Cayden Lee each pitched a solid inning in relief, as the Eagles out-hit the Petaluma bats 17-9.

Cole Ayala led the way at the plate and finished 3-for-4 with a double, while Dixon was 3-for-5.

Daniel Osborne also had an impact at the plate and went 2-for-5, while Vincent Agliolo was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Parker Rodgers was 2-for-4 with an RBI and  Nick Parker was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Cayden Lee added a double and two RBIs and Rylan Lommori was 1-for-1 with a walk.

The Eagles will try to bounce back on Friday when they take on Napa at 4 p.m.

College of the Redwoods pitcher Joey Quen, who has impressed all summer with the team, will get the start on the mound.

“I believe in these boys,” Tomlin said. “They can do it.”

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