I had a chance to watch my buddy Doug's son play his last game with the Eureka High JV's on Saturday. Eureka ended 8-3 on the year after sweeping Arcata in a twinbill. Cody went 3 for 3 with two doubles and a couple of walks. 16 year old Cody had an on base percentage of .657 and batted .520 with 10 RBI's. He might be moving up to the varsity team before the end of their season.
On Friday night I watched the Tiger's and Logger's match up in one the best High School baseball games I have seen. AHS prevailed 7-6 in 10 innings! It was breezy and temps dipped in the mid 40's, but still there were a couple of hundred people in the stands to watch at the Arcata Ball Park. Mitch Provolt was on the hill for Arcata and Justin Hatch for Eureka. Hatch was in a groove early, but then started to get hit pretty good by Arcata. In freezing weather he threw well over 100 pitches and gave up 12 hits and 6 runs. I personally thought he threw too many curve balls, but it was a gutsy outing. Some college needs to take a close look at this kid. Provolt pitched well and took a lead going into the 6th inning. Danny Bednar and Ryan Thompson got roughed up a little in relief, but kept the game close. Marcus Walker came in and waded his way through 4 innings of shutout relief and helped his own cause by collected 2 clutch hits. Conor Byrne played a good shortstop and Andrew Nelson might be the best outfielder around. Alex Cunha hit the ball well and threw out a few runners from behind the plate. Eureka High coach Eric Giacone made 4 appearances on the field to argue calls with the field ump, and you know what, he probably had good complaints. The critical calls really hurt Eureka. But it was a great game to watch.