Gomes, Bode help high-flying Roadrunners to series sweep in Eureka

The Butte Roadrunners solidified their lead at the top of the Golden Valley Conference baseball standings by sweeping a three-game series against College of the Redwoods in Eureka over the weekend.

The Roadrunners won 12-4 and 12-5 on Friday and closed out the series with a 12-3 win on Saturday.

And two former H-DN players played a key role in the sweep, as the high-flying Butte men stretched their winning streak to 12 straight games.

Ferndale graduate Landon Gomes, who is enjoying a big sophomore season with the team, had two hits in all three games, including a home run in the opener to help set the tone for the weekend.

Eureka High’s Hayden Bode also had an impact out of the bullpen, pitching 4.2 scoreless innings in game two on the way to his first win of the season.

Gomes, who graduated Ferndale High in 2020, was 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, three runs and a pair of RBIs in the series opener.

He carried that momentum into game two and was 2-for-5 with four runs and two RBIs, before going 2-for-6 with a run in game three.

For the season, the former Wildcat has appeared in 31 of the team’s 34 games and is now batting .364 with eight doubles and two home runs.

He also has 23 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.

Bode also is enjoying a big spring in his sophomore campaign.

The 2021 Eureka High graduate has made 10 appearances out of the bull pen with an impressive ERA of 1.06.

Bode has allowed just two earned runs in 17 innings, while striking out 17 and walking seven.

On Saturday, he gave up just one hit and no walks, while striking out six.

Both Gomes and Bode also played American Legion baseball with the Humboldt Eagles.

With the win, the Roadrunners improved to 18-2 in the Golden Valley Conference (30-4 overall) and they now hold a three-win advantage over second-placed Feather River (15-5 in conference).

St. Bernard’s Jeran Ford had two hits for CR in the series opener, while Fortuna’s Regan Nyberg had a double in game three.

The Corsairs remain winless in conference at 0-18 and are now 4-25 on the season.

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