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Eagles, Leghorns split entertaining doubleheader in Eureka

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Action from Tuesday’s doubleheader at Belotti Field.

Two of the best American Legion 19U baseball teams in Northern California went head to head at Belotti Field in Eureka on Tuesday evening and they didn’t disappoint.

The Humboldt Eagles hosted the Petaluma Leghorns in an entertaining doubleheader, with the home team taking game one 6-2 before the visitors won game two 10-2.

The Eagles took control of a close opening game with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and held on for the victory.

Daniel Osborne had a good day at the plate and on defense, finishing game one 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI, while the in-form Cayden Lee remained hot at the plate and was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

Caden Vance got the win on the mound, allowing just two runs in four innings, with Cody Collins and Matt Letter combining to keep the visitors scoreless over the final three innings.

Chase Coleman also impressed at the plate and was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, while Ethan Thomas was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Rogan Gans was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Lee, who was 6-for-6 in a Sunday doubleheader against the Eureka Dukes, continued to impress in game two and finished 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, while Collins rounded out a good overall day with another base hit and an RBI.

Cooper Ohlsen got the start on the mound and allowed four runs in four innings, with Cayden Danbrauskas, Thomas and Will Mager all pitching in relief.

In addition to Osborne’s standout defense in center field, Eureka graduate Rogan Bode also was outstanding at shortstop.

“Both made several great plays,” Eagles head coach Matt Tomlin said.

Coleman also has impressed his coach behind the plate this summer.

“I also want to praise Chase Coleman for his leadership role he has taken on with this team,” Tomlin said. “He is a great addition to our program.”

The Eagles, who are 11-4-1 on the season and 7-2 in league play, will now travel for a 12-game 11-day road trip, with upcoming games in Medford, Roseburg and Eugene.

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