Almost Perfect

June 15, 2015, ARCATA

You can’t win them all, but you can come darn close.

After reeling off 11 straight wins to start their season, the Humboldt Crabs finally dropped a game in their series finale against the Seattle Studs on Sunday.

“A really good start,” said Crabs manager Tyson Fisher. “I told the guys how happy and how proud I am of them for getting off to such a good start. Now’s the tough part, you’ve got to bounce back from a loss, but this group’s been resilient this entire season so far, and I have a lot of confidence that Tuesday when we get back they’ll be more hungry and ready to go.”

Resilient is right. But what’s interesting is how. With only two home runs – one an inside-the-parker – they haven’t shown a ton of power, but the pitching has been solid, especially out of the bullpen, and they seem to have the knack for the timely hit.

“We string at-bats together,” said Fisher. “We definitely can’t sit back and wait for a home run to put us ahead, we’ve got to be able to string one, two, three at-bats together, and hope for a little luck. As long as you put together good at-bats, you’re going to win more often than not.”

Coming off a perfect opening week, the Crabs welcomed the San Francisco Seals to town on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday, the pitching came from starter Donald Robinson and reliever Scott Parker. Robinson, who plays at College of the Redwoods, danced in and out of trouble but didn’t yield a run in six innings, and Parker finished things of with three strong innings of relief.

The Crabs for their part only managed one run against Seals starter Nick Boyett, but got to reliever Pedro Hidalgo in the fifth. The big blow came from big Bobby Schuman, whose two-out, two-run knock made it 5-0. Schuman would drive in another run in the seventh, his fourth of the game and the final run in a 6-1 win.

The next night, the Crabs would revisit the script from opening week – late dramatics. Once again unable to do much against the Seals’ starter, they reached the seventh inning facing a 4-0 deficit. 

But leadoff hitter Beau Bozett got things started with a single, and Jesse Medrano did the same. Then the Seals bullpen began issuing free passes. Three straight Crabs walked, pushing Bozett and Medrano across the plate. Schuman drove in another run on a fielder’s choice, and pinch-hitter Dillon Kelley tied the game with a sacrifice fly.

After a perfect top of the eighth by Dillon Houser, Ryan Dobson led off the bottom of the frame with a single and stole second. But neither Bozett nor Medrano could get him to third, so Allen Smoot came up in need of some two-out magic, and he delivered, singling to right to give the Crabs the lead. 

Austin Root, who is making a strong case for the closer role, inherited that 5-4 lead, allowing one base runner in the ninth but also recording two strikeouts in earning his third save.

Having swept the Seals, the Crabs turned their attention to the storied Seattle Studs, who came into town with the same number of losses the Crabs had: zero.

With a combined record of 20-0, something had to give. But starter Drew Weston made sure it wasn’t the Crabs who would yield first. Weston allowed just two hits while striking out seven in seven innings.

And while Weston was compiling that line, the Crabs built a fragile 2-0 lead on RBI singles by Smoot and Dobson in the third and fourth, respectively, but it stayed that way until the bottom of the eighth. That’s when, with two on and two out, new arrival Cooper Brunner doubled just over the left fielder’s head to double the Crabs’ lead, 4-0.

The insurance runs loomed very large on the board when the Studs loaded the bases with one out in the ninth. But they would only get one run on a sacrifice fly, and Root – though this time not in a save situation – once again ended the 4-1 victory with a strikeout.

Saturday evening’s game was a classic see-saw battle. The Studs’ Mark Rockey emphatically opened the scoring with a monster blast on to Highway 101 in the second, and they added another run in the third. but Ben Petersen and Dobson were key to a pair of two-run rallies by the Crabs in the fourth and sixth as the Crabs jumped ahead 4-2.

Alas, the lead was very short-lived. Rockey led off the seventh with his second freeway ball of the evening, and that jolted the Studs’ offense to life in a four-run, six-hit inning as they re-took the lead, one which they would take into the bottom of the ninth.

But as they’ve managed to do so often on the young season, the Crabs refused to die. Smoot singled, Kelley was hit by a pitch, and Schuman walked, and suddenly the bases were loaded. After a pitching changed, Nick Spini made it 5-4 with a fielder’s choice, and Petersen followed with a game-tying single.

Medrano looked to play the walkoff hero, but his line drive toward left was snagged by the third baseman and Petersen was caught too far off first for a double play that sent the game into extras.

Lucas Halstead came up with two on and two out in the bottom of the tenth, looking to send everyone home, but he popped one up on the infield and threw his bat away in disgust, thinking he had failed. But nighttime popups at the Arcata Ball Park can be tricky, and the ball eluded the glove Rockey at first base. Dobson, who had been 180 feet from home at the start of the play, shifted gears and charged home, arriving just before the throw.

The comeback well finally ran dry however under the Sunday afternoon sun. The Studs came roaring out of the gate, getting a three-run freeway bomb from Dylan LaVelle before the Crabs recorded an out. The Crabs never really recovered and lost the series finale 6-3.

Still, taking a series against the Studs was an impressive feat. This week will present another test, with six games in six days from Tuesday to Sunday, against the Auburn Wildcats and Walnut Creek Crawdads.

Media Coverage:
• KIEM News Ch. 3 Crabs Corner:

• Eureka Times-Standard Newspaper article:


ARCATA (June 7, 2015) – Cardiac Crabs has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

The Crabs finished the second weekend of their season with a perfect 7-0 record, thanks largely to their ability to come through in the clutch when trailing late. In three of their five wins last week, the Crabs trailed heading into the bottom of the eighth, only to rally with multiple runs to pull out the victory.

Quite an accomplishment for a group of guys who haven’t even known each other two weeks.

“I think it says a lot about the programs they come from, to begin with,” said Manager Tyson Fisher. “The groundwork for us has been laid, and I think that’s huge. These guys, sometimes they jell a lot earlier than expected and this is one of those groups. They come out and work hard every day – they beat the coaches to the ballpark – you can’t say enough about a group like that.”

On Tuesday against former Crab Alex Crosby and the Novato Knicks, Humboldt was down 5-4 when Ryan Dobson reached on an error, stole second and scored on a double by Allen Smoot. Smoot moved to third on a single by Jesse Medrano, and scored on a fielder’s choice by Beau Bozett to give the Crabs the lead for good. Bozett came in on a double by Dillon Kelley for the game’s final run in a 7-5 win.

After completing a two-game sweep the next night with a 4-2 victory the next night, the Crabs again found themselves trailing late in their opener against the California Expos, this time by a 3-1 score. Expos starter Hilario Tovar had suffocated the home team’s offense for six innings and left in a position to pick up the ‘W.’

But against reliever Tanner Irwin in the eighth, the Crabs’ bats finally work up. Medrano and Bozett both singled, and Dan Deely reached safely trying to sacrifice them along. Medrano scored the first run of the inning on a double play, but that left just one runner on base. However, Irwin couldn’t close out the inning, walking the next two Crabs batters to load the bases for big Bobby Schuman.

Schuman made Irwin pay for his lack of control, ripping a double just over the Expos’ right fielder, and just like that the Crabs led for the first time in the game. Austin Root came in for the ninth and was perfect to earn the save in a 4-3 win.

The next night was nearly a carbon copy. The Expos scored two unearned runs in the first while some fans were still looking for their seats, and added another in the third for a quick 3-0 lead. The Crabs got one back in the bottom of the third, but that was all the scoring in the game until, you guessed it, the bottom of the eighth.

Smoot led off the frame with a double, and would eventually score on an error that extended the inning. That error would be the Expos’ undoing. One batter later, with the bases loaded, Deely singled in the tying and go-ahead run. Kelley followed that up with a two-run knock of his own for a 6-3 lead. A potential seventh run was denied when Kelley was thrown out at home trying to score on a double by Blake Edmonson. Root pitched the ninth for his second straight save.

Perhaps tired of the dramatics, the Crabs jumped out to a big lead in Sunday’s series finale, scoring seven times in the second, but saw their lead immediately trimmed to 7-5 the very next half inning. The Expos closed the gap to just one run in the fourth, but that was as close as they would get, as Smoot doubled in two runs in the bottom of the fourth.

The Crabs bullpen, which has been stellar so far this season, shut the Expos down the rest of the way, combining for 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball.

“We had to use the bullpen a little bit more than we wanted to (on Sunday),” said Fisher. “Bursch (Andy Burschinger) got off to a pretty good start and then had that rough inning there, but the bullpen did a good job, like they’ve done all year, throwing strikes and pitching to contact, and let the defense make some plays behind them.”

After a day off Monday, the Crabs are back in action Tuesday and Wednesday against Seals Baseball, and then welcome in the Seattle Studs over the weekend.

Crabs Open Up With Sweep

While it may have taken a bit longer for the Crabs to break the seal than the boisterous opening night crowd might have liked, once they did, they couldn’t be stopped.

After being stifled early by Austin Abernathy in Saturday night’s opener, the Crabs erupted for 17 runs in two games as they swept the Fairfield Indans by scores of 10-1 and 7-2 over the weekend.

“We had some great pitching, starting and the bullpen,” said second-year manager Tyson Fisher. “And we got some timely hits. We did a lot that I was impressed with.”

The solid pitching is why the Crabs were only down 1-0 after five innings in the opener. Drew Weston yielded just one second-inning run while striking out eight over five innings.

The Crabs finally got on the board with two outs in the sixth. Dillon Kelley singled in Nick Spini, who had walked, to tie the game. Two batters later, with the bases full of crustaceans, Jesse Medrano smacked one to right, out of the reach of the right fielder for a bases-clearing double and a 4-1 lead.

That opened the floodgates, as the Crabs put up three-spots in both the seventh and eighth. And the bullpen snuffed any thought of an Indians comeback, as Andy Burschinger and Mack Boone combined for four innings of no-hit relief.

The next morning the team picked up right where it left off, quickly building a 5-0 lead in the first three innings via an opportunistic offense (five runs on just three hits) and another strong starting pitching performance by Grant Kukac (seven strikeouts and just three hits over five innings).

The Indians started to claw back into it with runs in the fourth and sixth, but a potential rally died when the Crabs were credited with an unusual double play. Fairfield’s Antonio Nobriga was ruled to have illegally taken out Medrano at second base as Medrano tried to turn the relay, and a dangerous situation was suddenly diffused.

Beau Bozett built on that momentum swing in the seventh, smashing an inside-the-park, two-run homer out near the 394 sign to re-establish the five-run lead.

“I think I closed my eyes and swung as hard as I can, and it found a hole,” said Bozett after the game, recalling the last player to hit an inside-the-park job for the Crabs, Morgan McCasland last year – to around the same spot. “I’m trying to follow in McCasland’s footsteps, he hit a lot of bombs last year.”

The celebration of the moment of the season’s first home run was subdued due to the fact that Fairfield center fielder Timmion Hughes had crashed hard into the outfield wall on the play and remained down for a few anxious moments before walking off the field under his own power.

Overall, Fisher was pleased with how the team opened up the 2015 season.

“I really like this group, they’re a good group of kids,” he said, “They’re having a lot of fun out there, and not only that, they’re pretty good baseball players on top of that, so I think it was a successful first weekend.”

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Next up: The Novato Knicks come to town for a 2-game series Tuesday, June 2 at 7pm and Wednesday, June 3 at 7pm. Tuesday is FREE! MLB babeball card night for the first 200 kids. The Crab Grass Band plays on Wednesday night.

Junior Giants and the Humboldt Crabs learn about teamwork

Crabs Manager Tyson Fisher, coach David Flores, along with other members of the Humboldt Crabs hung out with the Junior Giants for a day

ARCATA (July 2014) — Youth from the Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods Junior Giants program took to the field on July 12 last year with players from the Humboldt Crabs to practice their baseball skills and learn valuable lessons in teamwork, confidence, leadership, integrity and character during Teamwork Week.

Crabs manager Tyson Fisher gave a speech about the importance of teamwork. Fisher told the young players that while he doesn’t miss playing the game, he does miss the bonds and relationships he developed with other players he played with on his college team in South Dakota and with the Humboldt Crabs.

The Junior Giants program is a free noncompetitive summer baseball program for boys and girls. The program combines the fundamentals of youth baseball with lessons in education, health and bullying prevention. Teamwork Week is one of the seven themes that the players focus on during the summer. Over the course of the eight weeks they not only develop their baseball game, but also work on important character skills that they will use for the rest of their lives.

For more information, visit Junior Giants at or or call the program at (707) 633-8784

Note: S.F. Giants Orange and Black night at the ballpark this summer is on July 22.
Visit the Crabs Special Events page (Under the FAN INFO tab) for more information.


How Can I Sponsor the Crabs in 2015?

Advertise or SPONSOR the Crabs: 

Outfield Signs, Program Ads, Radio Ads, Web Banners, etc.
There are many different options to fit any advertising budget including program book ads, outfield fence signs, radio spots, live radio reads, web advertising, coupon ads (for only $80) or sponsoring foul balls!

To see an overview of all the options to partner with the Crabs, shoot us an email to for the 2015 Crabs sponsorship options. See a full list of our sponsors. Also, visit our special events page if your company would like to sponsor a giveaway at the ballpark. 

Program Ads: camera ready ads in PDF or JPG form preferred. Please send your ad in ASAP to

For Outfield Fence Sign production, call Advanced Display & Signs, Scrapper's Edge in Eureka, Visual Concepts in Arcata or Kinkos in Arcata or Eureka. Tell them you need a Crabs Outfield Fence Vinyl Sign made with grommets. They will be able to help you create a sign.

Mail in your sponsorship materials by April 15 to: or
PO Box 4422, Arcata CA 95518. 

Our voice mail: (707) 826-2333.

Get on our Preferred Hotel, Restaurant or Catering lists
If your business would like to get on the Humboldt Crabs preferred hotel list for our visiting teams, player and parents ... or get on our preferred catering list for our picnics and group parties in right field, contact us at 

We'll have a page in our program highlighting our Top 10 Places to Stay and our Top 10 Places to Eat in town. If you're a restaurant of food place and would like to donate a healthy meal or give our team a discount, drop us an email. Our players are new to Humboldt and are looking for healthy alternatives at a reasonable price that college ballplayers can afford.

Special Events, Group Tickets, Picnics
If your business would just like to be a part of the Humboldt Crabs baseball season somehow, whether it be a large group of people who need tickets, or if you want to rent our right field picnic area, or if you'd like to be involved with any of our special events like sing the national anthem or throw out the first pitch or have your child become a bat boy/girl, contact or visit the Fan Info tab on the website.

Donate Gift Certifcates to the Crabs Dinner or to Games
Donating gift certificates, baskets, products or services of any value is a great way to support the Crabs as well as getting your business recognized at a Crabs game. Donations are tax deductable. Giveaway your donated item or gift certificate during any game on the schedule and your business will be promoted live (and on the radio) to our 800+ fans. Contact us at (707) 826-2333 or email or mail in your gift certificates to PO BOX 4422 Arcata, Ca 95518. Click here for downloadable form to donate!

Humboldt Crabs Baseball, Inc is a 501(c)(4) community-owned organization. A volunteer board of directors rely on the support of community members & sponsors to keep the Humboldt Crabs Baseball operation functioning. There are many ways community members can get involved with the Crabs, just a few of which are listed below. Call our voice mail at (707) 826-2333 and leave us a detailed message or e-mail for more information.

Click on link for a full list of our sponsors.

The Humboldt Crabs baseball team plays every summer in the months of June, July and the first week of August at the Arcata ball park in downtown Arcata near 800 F Street and 8th Street.



The Crabs will be at the Crab Crawl Festival

Eureka Main Street and the Crabs are happy to announce ...

Eureka Crab Crawl Festival
February 6, 2015 – February 7, 2015

Eureka Main Street is excited to announce the Eureka Crab Crawl Festival, a new, major 2-day festival to be held in Downtown and Old Town Eureka, celebrating Dungeness Crab and the North Coast seafood industry during the height of crab season. The Humboldt Crabs will be there, will you?

Find the Humboldt Crabs booth at the C Street pier. We'll be selling Crabs gear, passes and season tickets. Turn in your sponsorship papers too and receive 10-free tickets to any game! Go to the Support the Crabs page on this website for more information on how you can partner with us.

Event Schedule:

Friday, February 6, 2015; 5-9pm
Crab Crawl throughout Downtown and Old Town Eureka to bars and restaurants serving crab-themed drink and food specials

Saturday, February 7, 2015; 11-4pm
Festival at the C Street Market Square featuring food, beer/wine garden, entertainment, crab education and activities

We encourage you to join in the fun by becoming a sponsor, enlisting your business as part of the Crab Crawl, participating as a vendor at the festival. Let's get crackin'! Download vendor forms here.

Contact Eureka Main Street
EUREKA, CA 95501
Phone: 707-442-9054, Fax: 707-442-9154    


• The Eureka Chamber of Commerce office at 2112 Broadway, Eureka, CA 95501. Phone (707) 442-3738 or email They will ship to you!

• Or find Crabs gear at the Arcata Chamber office at 1635 Heindon Road, Arcata CA 95521. Phone (707) 822-3619 or email 

JOIN OUR TEAM! To see an overview of all the options to partner with the Crabs, shoot us an email to or visit the SUPPORT THE CRABS page.

Postseason Hardware - Goodrich is the MVP

By Erik Fraser/Humboldt Crabs

ARCATA (Aug. 3, 2014) — As has become the tradition at the end of every season, the Crabs handed out some postseason hardware after Sunday’s finale, and the most prestigious piece of hardware went to Trent Goodrich, the second-year Crabs shortstop who was named the team’s 2014 Most Valuable Player.

Goodrich led the Crabs with 61 hits and 31 runs, and would have won the team’s Ironman Award too, if there was one, as he was the only player to appear in all 49 games. And after a bit of a slow start, he soon became a rock at one of the key positions on the field.

A few minutes before behind handed the MVP trophy, Goodrich had given the crowd one last show, an exclamation point on a terrific season. With a runner on an no outs in the ninth, Goodrich dove to his left to snag a sharp grounder, got to his knees and tossed the ball to Brandon Hunley, who wheeled and completed a SportsCenter-worthy double play. One out later the season was over.

“It’s been awesome,” said Goodrich. “Out here there’s a bunch of fans who are really pulling for you and just playing out here. It’s something special to be in a place like Arcata that really loves the team that’s out there on the field. It’s awesome that I can make them cheer, make plays and that they’re behind me.”

The Offensive Player of the Year award was given to Alex Crosby. The big first baseman hit .326 with 13 doubles and 31 RBIs, good for second best on the team.

The Pitcher of the Year was an easy choice. It went to the team’s Friday night anchor, Andrew Nelson. He went 9-0, and the only time he didn’t earn the ‘W’, the team still did, going 10-0 in his starts. He sported a 1.36 ERA over 66 innings, 25 more than any other pitcher.

The Kevin Morsching/Scott Heinig Memorial Coaches Award was shared by Hunley and Brian Bynum. Hunley, playing opposite Goodrich in the middle infield, and Bynum, who came in as a pitcher but transformed midseason into the starting right fielder, both impressed the coaches with their perseverance and performance throughout the season.

• Watch Sunday night's Crabs Cornerclick here.

• Read up on all the Crabs games from the daily newspaper in town, the Times-Standard.

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Going Out With a Bang

by Erik Fraser/Humboldt Crabs

ARCATA (Aug. 3, 2014) — The “Going Out With a Bang” slogan the Crabs used in the last week of the 2014 season was a literal reference to Saturday night’s postgame fireworks show, but it could also be a metaphor for how they finished the season on the field.

Over the final week of the 70th season of Crabs Baseball, the hometown Crustaceans put on quite the pyrotechnics display, outscoring their opponents 33-3 over the five games to finish 34-15 in Manager Tyson Fisher’s first season at the helm.

“We couldn’t have ended it any better,” said Fisher. “We finished out the weekend the way that we wanted to, getting the brooms out. That last week we were playing really good baseball….Pitchers were outstanding again, and our hitters got some big time hits in some big time spots. It was a good way to go out.”

One of the stars in the final week was leadoff hitter Beau Bozett. As leadoff hitters are supposed to be, Bozett was the spark plug for the offense all week long. He hit .545 (12-for-22) over the last five games, with three doubles, a triple, and his first home run of the year in the 49th and final game.

Having already scored the initial run of the game on a Trent Goodrich single in the first, Bozett came to the plate with two on and two out in the second. He clubbed a ball to left-center that sailed over the 343 sign and onto the newly-repaved freeway for a three-run shot to send the Crabs on their way to a 7-0 season-ending victory.

The way the pitchers were throwing, Bozett’s offense alone might have been enough. Stingy is probably not a strong enough adjective to describe the performances by every Crab who took the mound over the final week.

On Tuesday against the Valley Bears — a last-minute substitution after the Santa Rosa Rose Buds were forced to cancel — Dillon Houser and Michael Westra combined for a shutout in a 9-0 Crabs win. The next day, Zach Settles and Adam Wozniak were nearly as good in a 9-1 victory.

Friday was, as it has been all season, the Andrew Nelson Show. He finished off his perfect season by shutting down the Novato Knicks, allowing one run on three hits over seven innings. Fellow Humboldt native Zach Stone threw two innings of no-hit relief to make Morgan McCasland’s three-run homer stand up in a 3-1 win.

On Saturday, the combo of Justin Hatch, Mack Meyer and JD Doran again held the Knicks to a single run as the Crabs cruised to a 5-1 win. Then in Sunday’s finale, Jake Shull threw five dominant innings of one-hit ball before yielding to Casey Rodriguez and Johnny Melero to close out the season in style.

“I had a lot of fun with this group,” said Fisher. “We had some ups and downs, but I haven’t been on a team before where there’s not been ups and downs. That’s how it always is. I learned a few things, and hopefully next year’s going to be bigger and better.”

A Missed Opportunity

The Crabs had a chance to sweep the Redding Colt 45s and win the season series in the Highway 299 rivalry, but couldn't come up with the clutch hit.

by Erik Fraser/Humboldt Crabs

Perhaps the Crabs should have known that it wouldn’t be their day on Sunday when the first Redding Colt 45s batter of the game promptly tripled off the wall and scored on a sacrifice fly, all while wearing a green plastic Hawaiian skirt.

Zak Kutsulis was just trying to get into the spirit of Hawaiian Day at the Arcata Ball Park, and even took the thing off briefly at third base before being prompted but the crowd to put it back on, but the whole odd sight had to be some sort of omen that the baseball gods were on Redding’s side.

How else can you explain Ansel Cecil’s failed attempt to steal home, ending a rally, or Morgan McCasland coming in to pinch hit with the bases loaded, only to hit a 20-foot check swing roller?

The latter scenario came in the seventh inning of a 1-1 game, and the Crabs’ failure to convert immediately proved costly, as Redding took advantage of an error to score twice in the top of the eighth and take the lead for good, winning the finale of the teams’ three-game series 3-1 and spoiling a solid outing by Crabs starter Zach Stone.

“It’s kind of been the tale of the story for Stone,” said manager Tyson Fisher, a somewhat frustrated tone in his voice. “He hasn’t gotten much help in his Sunday starts, and it’s really too bad. It’s a wasted effort from the pitching staff’s side. Our hitters have to be better and we need to be better defensively.”

The Crabs had a chance to sweep the Colt 45s after getting swept themselves by the Pacific Union Financial Capitalists, or PufCaps earlier in the week. A sweep would have given Humboldt a 4-2 victory in the season series of the Highway 299 rivalry, but they came up a clutch hit or two short, something that has burned the team on a few too many occasions this season, and had to settle for a split.

“We played really well Friday and Saturday, so to have the negative ending to the weekend and this week, that’s the frustrating part,” said Fisher.

Friday and Saturday had gone so well, in fact, that the sour taste of being swept by the PufCaps had quickly been forgotten. On Friday, staff ace Andrew Nelson was his usual suffocating self. He shut the Colt 45s down for seven innings to earn his seventh win of the season as the Crabs cruised 4-0.

The Crabs scored all four of their runs in the second, and Trent Goodrich provided the big blow. With the bases loaded and a run already in, Goodrich smacked a ball that curled away from center fielder Kutsulis and into the right field gap. The ball rolled to the wall and all three runners scored.

On Saturday, the Crabs overcame some early errors to run away with a 9-2 win. Redding led 2-1 after four innings, but Humboldt erupted for eight runs over the final four innings, starting as baseball rallies often seem to do, with a bloop double that found space down the right-field line by Brandon Hunley in the fifth.

As it has done all year, the bullpen locked the Colt 45s down after taking over for Jake Shull in the sixth. Casey Rodriguez and Zach Williams each threw two scoreless innings to seal it.

But with a chance to build a three-game winning streak heading into the final week of the season, the Crabs fizzled in the afternoon sun.

“We had opportunities to shut them down today, and really take the wind away from their sails, and we just flat out didn’t do it,” said Fisher. “We had terrible at-bats with runners in scoring position, and it’s frustrating.”

The Crabs will close things out with a midweek two-game series against Valley Bears and then a three-gamer against the Novato Knicks this weekend. The Bears, who came up for a single game earlier in the season, are a last-minute replacement for the Santa Rosa Rose Buds, who had to cancel. Saturday night the team will put an explosive cap on the season with a postgame fireworks show.

• Watch Sunday night's Crabs Corner, click here.

• Read up on all the Crabs games from the daily newspaper in town, the Times-Standard.

• Read Nate Abaureea's article from the Redding Searchlight.

• View all our photos from the weekend our Facebook page.

• Each week we'll have a new player supplement inside the Crabs program for sale at the ball park with scorecards, new player photos, special events, social media info and a week wrap up story by Erik Fraser. There is also a Crabs Kid's program available that comes with crayons for your little crabbie.

Crabs Stay Hot With 4-1 Week

Morgan McCasland is mobbed by teammates after his inside-the-park not-home run on Friday against the Walnut Creek Crawdads.

A 2-1, 14-inning loss was the only blemish as Humboldt improved to 27-11

by Erik Fraser/Humboldt Crabs

ARCATA (July 20, 2014) — The chilly evening air at the Arcata Ball Park did nothing to cool off the Crabs last week. The team posted a 4-1 record against the San Mateo Rounders and Walnut Creek Crawdads, and their only loss came in a game that was scoreless through 13 innings.

Crabs manager Tyson Fisher was quick to praise his pitching staff, which allowed just seven runs in the five games.

“Our pitchers have been great all series, all year really,” he said. “I don’t know what our team ERA is but I know it’s under three (it’s 2.34). The performances we got all weekend were great. We’ve been really good out of the bullpen all year, and this weekend we were good from the starting roles all the way to the closer role.”

The best pitching performance of the week was that of the starter in the only game the Crabs lost - Jake Shull. Shull simply overpowered the Crawdads’ lineup, retiring the first nine batters he faced, and carrying a no-hitter into the seventh in a game that was zipping along.

But he was matched zero for zero on the scoreboard by Walnut Creek’s 6’ 5” right-hander Taylor Wright, who pitched into the ninth. Both bullpens continued the theme as the game stretched into extra frames, but not for lack of scoring chances, at least for the Crabs.

Morgan McCasland doubled deep to left-center with one out in the ninth, but was left there. In the 10th, the Crabs put runners on second and third with one out, but two grounders to second failed to produce the winning run.

Beau Bozett nearly won it in the 12th, laying a bunt down on the third base line with a man on third and two outs, but Crawdads third baseman Joey Lewis made fine play to pick up the ball and fire the ball to first just ahead of Bozett’s foot.

It was Lewis who finally broke the seal in the top of the 14th, knocking in two Crawdads when Bozett couldn’t quite make the play on his bases-loaded liner to right. The Crabs would get one back in the bottom of the inning, but a potential game-tying run never got past second base.

The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Crabs, and one might have wondered if it would be tough to rebound after falling in a marathon like that. But the Crabs showed no signs of a hangover, rebounding to take the final game of the series 6-1.

“We played 14 innings, but it’s not like the game time was that much longer,” said Fisher. “We still got out of here by 11 I think, so it was just a quick game that went an extra long time. You always kind of worry a little bit about how guys will respond after a tough loss like that, but our guys have bounced back all year long after tough losses.”

Alex Crosby, whose double keyed a four-run seventh on Sunday to put what Fisher called “the nail in the coffin” of what had been a one-run game, said the team knew what kind of mindset would be needed on Sunday.

“Don’t act tired the next day,” he said. “We had to come out prepared, ready. We needed the win and we got it.”

In the opener against the Crawdads, Andrew Nelson added to his team-leading wins total, improving to 7-0 with six solid innings in a 7-3 Crabs win. Kyle Moses and McCasland provided the spark on offense, Moses with a  three-run double in the fourth, and McCasland with an inside-the-park home ru—er, triple-and-and-error-that-allowed-him-to-score in the second that rattled around against the fence by the “394” sign.

The series win gave the Crabs a measure of revenge against one of the teams that had beaten them when the team was on their road trip, and they’ll get a chance at more this weekend. After a three-game midweek set against the Pacific Union Capitalists that includes the only doubleheader on this year’s schedule on Wednesday, the Crabs will welcome their rivals from over Highway 299, the Redding Colt .45s. The .45s took two of three when the teams squared off in the Redding heat, and Crosby, for one, is ready for payback.

“We owe it to those guys to put it to ’em and sweep ’em,” he said.

• Watch Crabs Corner every Sunday at 6pm on KIEM News Ch. 3  Sports.

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• Each week we'll have a new player supplement inside the Crabs program for sale at the ball park with scorecards, new player photos, special events, social media info and a week wrap up story by Erik Fraser. There is also a Crabs Kid's program available that comes with crayons for your little crabbie.

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