Davis Enjoys Home Cooking

by Kevin Wyart
Humboldt Crabs Baseball
June 8, 2016

Arcata, CA —Coming off a two game losing streak in which the Crabs were outscored 12-5, Hoopa native Junior Davis proved to be the stopper they needed.

Celebrating his 23rd birthday, Davis blanked the San Leandro Ports for six innings in the Crabs 6-1 win Wednesday Night at the Arcata Ball Park. The college junior out of the University of Antelope Valley allowed only three base runners while on the mound tonight, a lone single and two walks, while striking out five.

Relief pitcher Justin Watland gave up one run on two hits with a walk and a strikeout, while Austin Ragsdale and Jacob Gomez each threw a scoreless inning while striking out two batters.

“I did a really good job of getting ahead of hitters and keeping them off balance,” Davis, who had about 30 members of his family and friends in attendance said after the game. “My fastball was really effective and I also liked how I felt throwing my slider.”

With Davis being so close to home on his birthday, he says he is looking forward to celebrating with friends and family in his hometown.

“I’m heading up with family tonight and am going to enjoy the off day there tomorrow.” Davis said. “I’ve been splitting time between [Arcata] and [Hoopa].”

When asked about home cooking, he mentioned a very local flavor: “Salmon is my favorite dish my parents make.”

On Wednesday, he only feasted on Ports batters. The Crabs only managed four hits all game, but were aided by some sloppy play on the part of the Ports. It was a reversal from Tuesday night, when the Crabs committed three errors and lost 5-2.

In contrast to Tuesday, it was the Ports who had the defensive miscues Wednesday, as they had four errors, two of which led to four unearned runs. Humboldt also took advantage of seven walks, two hit batters, and three wild pitches to secure the win.

The Crabs got the scoring started in the fourth inning. Jayson Newman led off being hit by a pitch, followed by a Michael Perri single. With two on and nobody out, Catcher Jacob Thurber hit an RBI single to give the Crabs a 1-0 lead. They would add a second run in the inning when a wild pitch sent Thurber and Perri to second and third with one out and Mason Telander hit a scoring fly ball to centerfield.

The score would remain that way until the Top of the seventh when the Ports scored their lone run of the game. With relief pitcher Justin Watland entering the game, Tyler Strawn gave him a rude greeting with a lead-off double, then advanced to third on a wild pitch.

After a walk to Christian Marquez, Matt Flores hit an infield groundball that was fielded cleanly, but no one was covering first, allowing the run to score on a single. That would be the only run the Ports would get as Watland was able to settle down and retire the side with a strikeout and two fielders choices.

The Crabs would put the game out of reach in the bottom of the seventh, while only getting one base hit. Brian Pozos led off with a walk and advanced to third on a stolen base and an overthrow by the Ports catcher. Mason Telander walked then stole second base himself.

Austin White then struck out before James Outman hit an RBI single, scoring Pozos. With runners at the corners, Outman went for second on a steal attempt, and another overthrow by the catcher to centerfield brought in Telander and an overthrow from center allowed Outman to come all the way around to score.

Newt Johnson was then hit by a pitch, stole second, then came around to score the fourth run of the inning, removing doubt from the outcome of the game.

For the Ports, starting pitcher Ryan Capozza went six and a third innings, surrendering five runs (two earned) on four hits, six walks and seven strikeouts. Omar Sierra Zuno pitched the remaining inning and two thirds as he only gave up an unearned run on no hits, a walk while striking out three.

The Crabs will have Thursday off before resuming play on Friday vs the California Expos at the Arcata Ball Park. First pitch is set for 7pm with gates opening at 6pm.


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Too Many Errors

by Kevin Wyart
Humboldt Crabs Baseball
June 7, 2016

Arcata, CA —After having a difficult time generating consistent offense on Sunday, it was much of the same on Monday evening as the Crabs fell to the Ports 5-2 at the Arcata Ball Park.

The Crabs (2-2) committed three errors Monday, two of them in the 2nd inning leading to three runs being scored. After Branson Umbarger and Austin Garcia led off the inning with consecutive singles for the Ports, Mark Johnson bunted down the third base line and Matthew Hernandez threw the ball away.

With Umbarger coming home, Jayson Newman threw to the plate to try and get him, but the throw got away from catcher Jacob Thurber, allowing the second runner Garcia to come in as well.

At that point, the Ports had a 5-0 lead going into the bottom of the second. They got their first two runs on a two run home run by second baseman Ivan Sanchez in the top of the first. From there the Crabs had to play catch-up.

They scored their first run in the bottom of the second. Shortstop Michael Perri led off with a double, advanced to third on a flyout by Jacob Thurber, and scored on an RBI groundout by Logan Busch.

The Crabs wouldn’t get their second run until the eighth inning when James Outman started things with a single. With one out, he advanced to third on a Jayson Newman groundball that couldn’t be handled by shortstop Isaac Ortiz.

Perri hit a groundball to Ortiz, who turned to second for the force out, but Perri was able to hustle out and beat the double play, scoring Outman.
Ports starter Christian Marquez went six innings and allowed only one earned run, on four hits, with six strikeouts and four walks. Alex Guerrero finished the game for San Leandro allowing his only run and hit in the 8th.

Crabs starter Matthew Hernandez had his struggles on Monday, pitching 1 1/3 innings, giving up five runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk with no strikeouts. The Crabs bullpen kept San Leandro stuck at port, with no runs and only seven hits against them in 6 2/3 innings.

“You will see our bullpen be used heavily throughout the summer,” Crabs manager Tyson Fisher said. “I want to get these guys some innings and let them get some work in.”

Regarding the defense, Fisher says getting better is a matter of confidence.
“These guys just need to stay confident,” Fisher explained, “They are getting some work in at positions that they are going to be playing in the spring.”

“It’s nice to have come back and be able to play again tomorrow,” Perri said after the game, “we can put this game behind us and get ready to face the Ports again tomorrow.”

San Leandro is in town for one more game, as the Crabs look to avoid the sweep. Game time is at 7pm, with the front gates opening at 6pm.


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Sliders' Carr quiets Crabs bats

by Kevin Wyart
Humboldt Crabs
June 5, 2016

Arcata, CA —After two nights of bludgeoning baseballs, scoring 25 runs in their first two games, the Crabs bats were comparatively silent on Sunday afternoon as they lost to the South Bay Sliders 7-3 at the Arcata Ball Park.

Sliders starting pitcher Charles Carr was outstanding all day, limiting the Crabs to three runs (two earned) on eight hits in 8 1/3 innings. He also struck out seven and walked four.

Ryan Sullivan was the starting pitcher for the Crabs Sunday, and went three innings allowing an earned run with two hits and two strikeouts without walking a batter, though he did hit two.

Sullivan was replaced by Ryan Ralstoon to begin the fourth inning, and though Ralston pitched well for four innings allowing only one hit, Crabs defensive miscues proved too difficult to overcome as the Sliders were able to score three unearned runs and tag him with the loss.

Kevin Calderhead pitched the 8th and 9th innings and allowed three earned runs on two hits, while striking out two and walking two.

The Sliders took their first lead of the series early on Sunday, scoring a run in the first inning. Jonathan Passillas singled with two outs, followed by Matt McGeah getting hit by a pitch.With a runner in scoring position, catcher Ritchie O’Reilly hit an RBI single to make the score 1-0.

The Crabs were able to tie things up in the second. Jayson Newman led off with a single, followed by a double by Michael Perri. After a Jacob Thurber groundout and an intentional walk to James Outman, Rightfielder Mason Telander hit an RBI groundout to first to bring in Newman.

The score would remain tied heading until the fifth inning when South Bay added two to the scoreboard. With one out, Sliders DH Cody Vienna hit a single, then Noah Barba walked to put runners on first and second. Jake Sahagien then hit a groundball to shortstop Brian Pozos, who threw home, but the throw was high and got away from catcher Jacob Thurber, allowing both runners to score.

The Crabs would answer in the bottom of the fifth inning with one run with an RBI single by Newt Johnson, scoring Austin White with two outs. This is the closest the Crabs would get for the remainder of the game. The Sliders would add a run each in the seventh and eighth innings, before putting the game out of reach with two runs in the ninth. The Crabs scored once in the bottom of the ninth for their third and final run of the game.

“[Carr] was tough all game,” White said after the game, “he really made it difficult for us to square around and make solid contact.

White was one of the few Crabs players to have success swinging the bat Sunday afternoon as he went 3-5 with two singles, a double, and two runs scored. Unfortunately for the Crabs, the rest of the lineup was thoroughly shut down.

“Our guys seemed a little tired out there today after hitting well all weekend,” Crabs manager Tyson Fisher said. “Their pitcher was on command and we had a difficult time adjusting.”

The Crabs pitching staff also performed well, but were hurt by Crabs defensive mistakes. Even with his pitchers throwing quality innings, he still didn’t have them in the game too long as a means of limiting the workload and getting other guys some time on the mound.

“That is something we’ll see throughout the summer.” Fisher said “ I want to spread the innings around to guys who need it, while at the same time not overworking anyone.”

The Crabs will have a day off on Monday, before resuming play on Tuesday evening vs the San Leandro Ports. Game time is at 7 p.m., with the gates opening at 6.


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Saturday Night Hit Parade

By Kevin Wyart
Humbolt Crabs Baseball
June 4, 2016

Arcata, CA — It was one after the other, hit after hit by the Crabs offense all evening as they dominated the South Bay Sliders 18-2 Saturday evening at the Arcata Ball Park. The Crabs scored those 18 runs on 19 base hits in a game which no home runs were hit. They scored in every inning except the second.

“Hitting is really contagious,” Crabs second baseman Brian Pozos said after the game. “Watching your teammates get singles and doubles gives you a good idea of what type of pitches there are to hit.”

Pozos went 3 for 4 on the night with two doubles, 4 RBIs, 3 Runs scored, a walk and a stolen base.

“I just wanted to improve on making contact.” he said.

The offense got things started in the first inning when Pozos walked with two out and scored on a Jayson Newman double.

The floodgates really began to open in the third inning when Pozos hit a one-out double then advanced to third base on a wild pitch. One out later, Michael Perri hit a long fly ball to center field that was unable to be caught by Noah Barber, allowing Pozos to score on the error.

After a Jacob Thurber walk, James Outman doubled in both Perri and Thurber to make the score 4-0. Nick Warren would tack on an RBI single of his own to make it a four-run inning.

The Crabs scored twice more in the 4th inning when Austin White doubled to lead off, followed by a Mason Cerillo single. Pozos drove in White before a Jayson Newman RBI single made it a 6-0 game.

The Sliders scored their only two runs in the top of the fifth inning. With one out, Noah Barba singled and Jake Sahegien doubled. Jonathan Passillas drove both of them in to make the score 6-2. The Crabs would proceed to score in each of the nest four innings to truly put the game out of reach.

On the mound, Aaron Herr picked up the win by going five innings, allowing those two runs on seven hits while striking out seven and only walking one. Austin Ragsdale and Justin Watland would each go two scoreless innings with only one hit allowed among them.

For his part, Miles Tipton battled all night long, but struggled with his command and couldn’t stop the Crabs onslaught. He and the rest of the pitching staff combined to allow 18 runs (14 earned) on 19 hits and issued 14 walks, while getting four strikeouts.

An 18-2 blowout still only counts as one win, however and these two teams will be back at it Sunday afternoon with a 12:30 scheduled first pitch. As always on Sundays, kids are invited to run the bases after the game.


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The Heat is On

by Kevin Wyart
Humboldt Crabs Baseball

June 3, 2016

Arcata, CA - Summer hasn’t even officially arrived yet, but the Crabs brought the heat to the visiting South Bay Sliders, defeating them 7-1 at the Arcata Ballpark on Friday evening.

Crabs starting pitcher Jason Alexander brought his flamethrower up from Menlo College, allowing only one run on two hits, while striking out 6 and only walking one in 5 innings of work.

The Crabs bats were equally as hot, as they exploded for 7 runs, including two home runs in the 4th inning. The first came with no out and one on, after Austin White led off the inning with a single, as Mason Cerrillo promptly launched a pitch deep over the right field wall to extend the crabs lead to 6-0.

Two batters later with one out, Jayson Newman said hello with one of his own, clearing the right field fence and giving the Crabs their seventh and final run of the night.

Humboldt also scored two runs each in the second and third innings with the help of four Sliders errors.

For South Bay, they got their only run in the fifth inning off an RBI groundout by Andrew Shults. The rest of their night belonged to Jason Alexander and the Crabs relief corps.

For Alexander, much of his success Friday night came from his hard fastball, which he credited for allowing him to set the tone.

“My fastball is the main pitch I like to use to be aggressive in the strikezone,” Alexander said “I felt I was successful in using it to get ahead of batters.”

In addition to his fastball, the Windsor, Calif. native displayed an effective sinker, aimed at forcing the opposition to hit the ball on the ground. The Sliders didn’t hit a ball in the air until the fifth inning.

“My sinker is definitely my main secondary pitch,” Alexander said “I was happy with it and all the ground balls I got.”

When asked about his approach in pitching to wood bats, as opposed to aluminum ones, he said he likes to pitch inside more to right handers, and the results were something anyone in the crowd would notice, three broken bats by Sliders hitters.

For the Crabs, this win puts them on a positive start to their season, and they now have more of a feel for what they have going into Saturday’s second game and beyond. The Sliders fall to 1-4 on the summer. Both teams will meet again on Saturday and Sunday, with the Saturday first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m.


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Where's Bobby? Week 4

Launch Date: May 26

Current Status Item 1: Found under a bench at the Perigot Park softball field in Blue Lake

Current Status Item 2: Found beneath an old train trestle at the Arcata Marsh


Clue #2:

Just one more prize left
Now that one has been found
This field that i’m watching
Doesn’t have a mound

It’s a cute little town
A few degrees hotter
Than most of Humboldt
Here away from the water 

But the funniest thing
Is the name of this city
It doesn’t ring true
But the place sure is pretty

Photo 2a:

Photo #2b:


Clue #1:

When one becomes two
It’s a beautiful thing
A fifth golden ticket
Thrown into the ring

The third prize was found
Before I got my chance
To write cryptic rhymes
It was just happenstance

My backers decided
That we really need
An extra prize coupon
That’s what they decreed

So now the plot thickens
As the season draws near
Where are those two coupons?
I don’t see them here

From one of the spots
I had a nice view
Of a couple of ball fields
And a row of trees too

The other location
Is closer to home
But nevertheless
I’ve got room to roam

I walk down these paths
As birds fly to and fro
The sun sets o’er the bay
Putting on quite a show

Photo #1a:

Photo #1b:

Where's Bobby? Week 2

Launch Date: May 11

Current Status: Found on the back of the railing at the Depot Museum in Fortuna

Clue #2:

I’m patiently waiting
For someone to spot me
But I’m troubled you see
This puzzle has got me

I just noticed something
That this station lacks
I do see a train car
But where are the tracks?

Photo #2

Clue #1: 

On a sunny spring day
I go out to the park
To play ball on the field
And drop off my next mark

Kids play on the swings
As I hide this week's prize
How will I get home?
That train's not my size

Photo #1:

Bobby's Been Busy

This is Bobby the Bobblehead. Bobby's getting so excited for the upcoming season, he can barely contain himself. He's running all over Humboldt County during the month of May, hiding some little goodies for a few lucky Crabs fans to find.

Go To Bobby's page to get started!

Where's Bobby? Week 1

Launch Date: May 3
Current Status: Found under a bench on the Trinidad Head

Clue #2:

A view of the pier
Where the crab boats come in
But not from this side
I’m facing the wind

I’ve watched the sun set
I sit close to the ground
And I look to the west
While I wait to be found

Photo #2:

Clue #1: 

Don't look in the town
Where the Humboldt Crabs play
Where else might you go
On a warm weekend day?

Would you go to the beach
Or perhaps for a hike
Bobby doesn't think
You can get there by bike

Photo #1:

Bobby the Bobble Head Week 1 Pic 1

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