Big summer continues for Northern Humboldt Steelheads

Submitted photo – The Steelheads 10Us celebrate their tournament championship in Medford last week.

The Northern Humboldt Steelheads enjoyed a successful trip to Medford last weekend, with both the 10Us and 11Us going undefeated at the Midsummer Sizzler tournament.

The 11Us won the tourney championship for the second straight year, while the 10Us took home the banner in their first-ever tournament.

“It was a fun first tournament,” 10Us coach Zack Smith said. “It was just a good all-around tournament for us.”

The hot weather and 100 degree temperatures didn’t stifle the players’ enthusiasm, and the Steelhead 11s had several standouts over the weekend.

Breydon Brock and Hudson Kapko both pitched well early in the tournament to help set the tone, while the ever-dangerous Carson Hicks went 4-for-4 at the plate to lead the way in a 25-4 victory in game two.

The red-hot Steelheads bats scored a remarkable 65 runs in four games, including a 16-7 win over the Junior Riverhawks in the championship game.

Teoh Arredondo finished 3-for-4 at the plate in the semifinal, while Rylan Kees and Blake Carper combine on the mound in the championship, tallying seven strikeouts and walking one.

Kees also provided the offensive highlight in the championship game with a a home run.

Cabella Carper and Everett Gruetzmacher both also played a pivotal role while splitting time behind the plate, while two of the team’s youngest players, Colton Hawkes and Jared Brunner, made some key plays in the infield.

The 10Us, meanwhile, were led by the very impressive Taylor Shrewsberry, who batted .1000 for the four games and finished 3-for-3 in three games and 4-for-4 in the other, while also driving in five runs.

Brylon Smith also had a big tournament at the plate, finishing 4-for-9 with four RBIs, while Colton McCullough was strong defensively and hit a big triple in a 10-6 win over the Prospects in the championship game.

The Steelheads 11Us celebrate their tournament championship.

Mason Webster led the team on the mound and finished with eight trikeouts.

Lucas Lopez, Asher Avelar, Drew Brady, Jayce Daniels, Dominic Brown, Lucas Ball, Cohan Childress, Ty Wade, John Silver-Hostler and Aidan Irving each also played well for the Steelheads.

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