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Humboldt Eagles tournament continues this weekend

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Action from opening day of the Eagles 19U tournament.

By Ray Hamill — There are two days remaining in the 2023 Humboldt Eagles tournament and plenty off opportunities for local fans to still take in some of the excitement.

The four-day tourney, which got under way on Thursday, features 17 teams in 19U and 17U brackets.

And even with Point Arena dropping out of the 19U bracket at the last minute and leaving organizers scrambling to change the schedule, it has been a fun tournament so far with some exciting action.

In the 19U bracket, the host Eagles struggled on opening day with back-to-back losses to the Australia Black and Red teams.

In 17U action, the Eagles got the tournament started with a victory over the young Six Rivers Kings on Thursday but didn’t fare quite so well on Friday.

Despite a strong outing on the mound by Sebastian Standish, the Eagles dropped their second game 6-0 to Roseburg.

Cam Hartsell threw a complete-game no-hitter for the win and struck out 10 Eagles batters, while Standish allowed just four runs on five hits and no walks in six innings.

The Northern Humboldt Giants are also 1-1 in tournament play.

The impressive 2023 Giants beat the Australia touring team 6-2 on Thursday but fell 5-3 to the Nationals on Friday.

The three local teams in the 17U bracket will be back in action on Saturday, as pool play concludes.

The Kings will play Lassen at 9 a.m., followed by the Giants and Roseburg at 11:30 a.m., with both games taking place at the Redwood Fields in Cutten.

The Giants also play Lassen at 2 p.m. at the same venue.

The Eagles, meanwhile, also play two games on Saturday, both at Crusader Field, matching up against Australia at 2 p.m. and playing Tehama at 4:30 p.m.

Two local teams will be in action in the 19U bracket on Saturday.

The Eagles will play Australia 3 at Belotti Field at 11:30 a.m., while the Eureka Dukes will play Eugene at 2 p.m at the same venue.

The Eagles and Dukes will also face off on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Belotti Field.

The tournament concludes on Sunday, with four games in the 17U bracket and three in the 19U bracket.

The Sunday matchups will be determined by seeds.

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