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Eagles 19Us close out successful road trip in Oregon

Submitted photo – The Humboldt Eagles in Eugene on Sunday.

The Humboldt Eagles 19Us closed out a long road trip with a comprehensive 21-7 win over the Mid Valley Southpaws in five innings at the Eugene tournament on Sunday.

Del Norte’s Willie Bommelyn led another big team performance at the plate and was 5-for-5, while teammate Rogan Bode was 4-for-5.

Both players scored four runs in the rout.

The win secured third place in tournament play for the Eagles, who were 4-1 at the tournament and 8-4 on the road trip.

According to head coach Matt Tomlin, several college coaches got a close look at the Humboldt players on the road trip, with one player being offered a scholarship.

“It was a very successful road trip for the Eagles,” Tomlin said.

Ethan Thomas added three hits in Sunday’s win, including a double, while Cayden Lee, Will Mager and Caden Vance each had two hits, including doubles by Lee and Mager.

Chase Coleman also had a hit to round out a 19-hit team performance.

Cody Collins got the win on the mound, allowing four earned runs in 4.1 innings, with Brody Tomlin closing out the game in relief.

The Eagles also played on Saturday and suffered their first tournament loss, falling 6-5 in an exciting game against Portland.

Trailing 5-0, the Eagles rallied with four runs in the bottom of the fifth to make for a close finish.

After Portland had added another run to lead 6-4, the Eagles rallied again in the seventh, scoring a run to pull them within one and then getting the potential trying run to third before the final out.

“I was very proud of the fight our guys showed today against a very good baseball club,” said Matt Tomlin, whose players out-hit Portland 11-10.

Lee, who enjoyed an outstanding road trip, led the way at the plate in the loss and was 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Bode was 2-for-4 with a double and Vance was 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

Matt Letter took the loss on the mound, allowing four earned runs in 5.2 innings and striking out six.

Mager also pitched in relief.

The Eagles return to Humboldt to host their annual tournament, which gets under way on Thursday.

The four-day tournament, which will also feature a 17U bracket, will include 16 teams playing 40 games.

Games will be played at Belotti Field, the Redwood Field in Cutten and at St. Bernard’s.

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