The Humboldt Steelheads 12Us continued their impressive spring with another tournament championship at the recent Redding Spring Fling Tournament.
The Steelheads, who also placed first at last month’s March Mayhem in Medford, won all four of their games in Redding, including a 6-5 victory over the Chico Mavericks in an exciting championship game.
With the game tied in the sixth inning and a runner on third, Jared Brunner executed a suicide squeeze to score the winning run and give the young Steelheads a thrilling championship.
Catcher Cabella Carper also continued to impress with another strong performance behind the plate, while Teoh Arredondo and Everett Gruetzmacher led the team in hits.
It was the Steelheads’ second win over the Mavericks in tournament play.
They opened the two-day event with a 5-1 win over Chico, with Justin Noga pitching six strong innings for the victory on the mound.
Noga allowed just one run and struck out six, with Kees also playing well behind the plate.
As a team, the Steelhead bats combined for nine hits.
They followed that with a 6-1 win over the Klamath Falls Falcons later in the day to help secure the No. 1 seed for the semifinals.
With the game tied 1-1, Carper kickstarted a Steelheads rally that would lead to four runs as they took control.
Hudson Kapko and Arredondo combined for 14 strikeouts on the mound, while allowing just two hits.
Tyson Marshall and Kapko led the team offense, which accounted for seven hits in the win.
The Steelheads continued to roll in their third game with a tight 8-7 win over SO baseball sending them on to the championship.
After taking an early lead, the Steelheads gave up five runs in the third and had to rally for the victory.
Marshall got the rally started with a big triple, while Hicks and Carper also had big games at the plate.
Breyden Brock and Blake Carper combined on the mound for the championship game win.