Head coach Matt Tomlin said this year’s Humboldt Eagles 19U team could be the best offensive lineup he’s ever seen with the local American Legion club, and so far they’ve lived up to the billing.
The Eagles cruised to a three-game weekend sweep at Tehama over the weekend, outscoring their opponents 39-2 and improving to 5-0-1 on the season.
On Saturday, the Eagles won 13-0 in five innings and 15-1, before taking game three on Sunday by a score of 11-1 in six innings.
Cole Ayala set the tone in the series opener, finishing 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs, while Cody Collins was 1-for-2 with a home run and two RBIs.
Cooper Ohlsen got the win on the mound, throwing four scoreless innings and striking out two, before Ayala came in to pitch one scoreless inning.
Rylan Lommori also made some noise at the plate and was 2-for-2 with a double and three RBIs, while Jeran Ford added a double and an RBI.
The Eagles carried that momentum into game two.
Cayden Lee added two hits, including a home run, and two RBIs, while Ford and Lommori each was 2-for-3, with Ford driving in two runs and Lommori one.
Collins pitched 4.2 innings for the win and struck out four, with Michael Manzi closing out the game and holding the home team scoreless the remainder of the way.
On Sunday, the Eagles closed out the series is much the same way they started it.
Cayden Danbrauskas struck out five in three innings for the win on the hill, with Brody Tomlin and Matt Letter combining to shut out the home bats the rest of the game.
Ayala capped a big weekend at the plate with two more hits and was 8-for-13 with seven RBIs over the three games.
Rogan Gans also had a big game on Sunday and was 3-for-4 with three RBIs, while Lee finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Manzi was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI, and Ohlsen was 1-for-1 with three walks.
Next up, the Eagles will play the Humboldt Crabs at the Arcata Ball Park on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.