Hitter Willie Cestarollo strikes a fastball thrown by a Humboldt Eagles pitcher, at the Arcata Ballpark on Oct. 13. | Photo by Skye Kimya

Jacks Fall to Eagles in Weekend Doubleheader

Humboldt State Lumberjacks and Humboldt Eagles face off in doubleheader

Humboldt Eagles shut down Humboldt State Lumberjacks in a double header on Oct. 13. The Eagles won with scores of 2-1 in the first game and 2-3 in the second.

During the first pitch of the game, Ryin Alexander opened the 1st inning with a double and found himself reaching 2nd base. Other batters approached the plate and managed to send teammates around all bases, but the Eagles managed to secure three outs against the Jacks. However, Alexander ran for home plate putting the Jacks on the scoreboard.

At the bottom of the 1st, Jack’s pitcher Chris Friedley stepped up to the mound, and despite walking a player and giving up a base hit, he kept his composure and pulled three outs from the Eagles. The Jacks were able to keep a 1-0 lead over the Eagles during a heated exchange of base hits and outs.

Stolen bases were a frequent occurrence between the Jacks and Eagles. Despite their efforts to get players around the diamond, the pitching stalemate remained in effect. The exchange of outs was broken around the bottom of the 6th inning.

Hitter Nick Mavrolas strikes out during the Jacks’ second game of the day against the Humboldt Eagles, at the Arcata Ballpark on Oct. 13. | Photo by Skye Kimya

Eagles put a run on the scoreboard tying the game with the Jacks. Both teams now had a common goal for the next inning, scoring first. At the top of the 7th, a base hit by outfielder Lorenzo Hernandez gave the Jacks an upper hand but were routed by outs. It was then the bottom of the 7th and the Eagles were up to bat, but they faced similar challenges with one base hit and two outs.

Up to bat was catcher Parker Johnson and under dire circumstances closed the inning with a walk-off which gave the Eagles a 2-1 win over the Jacks. With game 2 underway, the Jack’s and Eagles faced off in one more showdown.

Martin Gordillo and Alejandro Caravalho helped the Jacks find an early lead on the scoreboard with an RBI. The Jacks had a 2-0 lead heading into the 4th inning, but tides turned when it was time for the Eagles to bat. With two players on base, the Eagles left fielder Miles Standysh hit a solid ball and secured a tie game.

Another battle for a tie-breaker ensued but the Jack’s dropped their second game against the Eagles with a final score of 2-3.

HSU club baseball doesn’t start until Spring 2020. Even though the season is months away, this is an opportunity for players to figure out effective playmaking and overcome obstacles that the team could potentially face in the upcoming season.

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