Morgan named Crabs assistant coach
Crabs catcher is back with the club for 2017 season
November 25, 2016
By Jocelyn Robinson
ARCATA — Humboldt Crabs manager, Robin Guiver has tapped Crabs alumni and College of the Redwoods head coach Brad Morgan to be a assistant coach alongside pitching coach Eric Giacone for the 2017 season. Morgan has a long history with the Crabs: he was a catcher for the team in 2007, 2009 and 2010 before working as an assistant coach during the 2011 and 2012 seasons under manager Matt Nutter.
Morgan has deep roots in Humboldt County. He graduated from Eureka High School in 2005 and played for the College of the Redwoods Corsairs in 2006 and 2007 before moving on to the University of New Mexico Highlands. He returned to CR in April 2015 as head coach after former coach Bob Brown became Associate Dean of Health, Physical Education and Athletics at the school. In addition to his coaching duties, Morgan also teaches each semester, including lecture classes in the kinesiology department.
Morgan also spent three summers as manager of the Humboldt Eagles; in 2015, he guided the prep elite team to its first appearance at the American Legion state tournament since 1984, which he calls his most important accomplishment as a baseball coach.
As Crabs assistant coach, Morgan hopes to build the baseball skills and knowledge of new players. “We want to set these incoming players up for success and being able to understand all situations of the game will be key to their success,” he said.
Morgan has stayed active as Crabs alumni since his days as a player, attending many Crabs Alumni Fests over the years. He appreciates the community’s ongoing support of the team. “It’s a nice feeling knowing that people within our community remember the crabs players whether they played last summer or 20 years ago,” he said.
As for those incoming players, there’s one thing Morgan wants to tell them. “This will be one of the best summers of your life,” he said.
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Guiver has been recruiting for the Crabs since 2003
Sept. 9, 2016
ARCATA — Crabs Manager Tyson Fisher has stepped down as team manager due to personal reasons. Fisher, who recorded his 100th win on July 22, finishes his three years managing the Crabs with 110 wins and 39 losses. Crabs alumni, recruiter and former assistant coach Robin Guiver will take over as manager of the Crabs for the 2017 season.
“Thank you for giving me the opportunity of managing the ball club for the past three summers," Fisher said in an email to the Crabs organization. "I met some great young men, and worked with some of the best coaches in the nation. For that, I am forever grateful. Following in the footsteps of the Crabs greats has been a wonderful experience for myself and for my family. But, my young family is growing, and I am looking forward to spending more time with them. Thank you to the Humboldt community for supporting the team with such tenacity each year. Also, thank you to the Crabs board, trainer Nate Kees and Crabs board president Vikki Rossi. Building on a storied summer baseball program was a real pleasure, and I wish the Crabs the best moving forward.”
Former players and coaches praised Fisher's time as manager.
Sacramento State’s head baseball coach and former Crabs coach Reggie Christian said of Fisher, “I am sorry to hear that Fisher is stepping down, but I understand that he has a young family and is committed to being with them. The commitment of being the Crabs skipper is also a very important one and I believe Fisher did a great job as the manager these past years.”
Former Crabs outfielder Beau Bozett said, “Coach Fisher let me be myself when I played for him. A lot of coaches will force you to play the way they want you to play. All coach Fisher asked of us was to play hard. I admired him as a coach and his ability to let us play with a clear mind. He allowed me to be goofy while keeping me focused on the game. I couldn't imagine playing for a better person or a better summer baseball program.”
Guiver is no stranger to the Crabs organization. He pitched for the Humboldt Crabs in 1998 and 1999 under then-manger Shorty Ames and coach Al Brisack. Guiver was used in relief and went 2-0 with a .98 ERA in 1998. In 1999, he went 3-0 and posted a 1.21 ERA.
Guiver was hired as an assistant coach by the Crabs board of directors in 2000. Guiver replaced Brisack on the Crabs coaching staff and coached the Crabs until 2013. Guiver’s nephew was diagnosed with cancer and Guiver felt it was best to resign in 2013 in order to help his family.
In addition, Guiver has remained with the organization throughout the years as a player recruiter. Crabs GM Ned Barsuglia asked Guiver to help him with the recruiting in 2003 and he’s been reaching out to colleges ever since.
Recently, Guiver helped outfielder Bozett transfer from Gonzaga University to the University of San Francisco with a simple phone call to the Don’s head baseball coach, Nino Giarratano. Bozett was a junior at Gonzaga and wasn’t seeing much playing time; he wanted to play out his last year of eligibility with some of his former Crabs teammates who were playing for the Dons.
“Guiver helped me continue my baseball career even after I thought it was done," Bozett said. "Without his help, I would not have had the opportunity to play baseball in San Francisco. Guiver’s help was much more than the gift of being able to play ball for another year, but rather it was a great experience, full of baseball memories and amazing people that I will never forget.”
Fisher and Guiver know each other well, as Fisher was hired in 2010 to be an assistant coach when then-manger Matt Nutter (2006-2014) ran the team with assistant coaches Guiver and Matt Wilson (2007-2009). Wilson moved on to become an assistant coach at Pepperdine University.
Guiver is currently coaching at San Lorenzo Valley High School in Santa Cruz — where he lives with his family — as the baseball team’s pitching and assistant coach under the Cougars manager Shane Sutcliffe. This week, Guiver added one more to his growing family with a newborn son, Beau Patrick Guiver.
Guiver has coached alongside many Crabs alumni and notables, including Christiansen, Eric Brown, Matt Pidgeon, Mike Jordt, Nick Giacone, Brad Morgan, Jeff Giacomini and Matt Nutter.
In an interview a few years ago, Guiver talked about his favorite part about coaching the Crabs: “Getting to know the guys and getting to spend time with them and the relationships you build that last a long time. There are a lot of guys I coached that I still get calls from. Just getting to know these guys and being lifelong friends after they spend a couple summers in Humboldt. It’s really cool to see how they doing and how their lives are going as they get older and move on in life, whether it’s in baseball or family and a job. So that’s the coolest part, just seeing them grow up and become men.”
Larry Zerlang, who has served on the Crabs board since its inception in 1995, said, “Robin Guiver is the perfect manager for the Crabs. He was a WSU graduate, outstanding Crabs pitcher for two seasons, proven assistant coach, experienced recruiter and he has first-hand knowledge of all the West Coast colleges. Guiver is a natural fit to lead the Crabs in 2017 and into the future. I have worked with Guiver for more than 20 years and I am very pleased he has taken the job.”
Humboldt Crabs Baseball
Humboldt Invitational Tournament
August 4-7, 2016
Thursday, August 4:
3:00pm Alameda Merchants vs Auburn Wildcats
7:00pm Crabs vs Solano Mudcats
Friday, August 5:
3:00pm Auburn vs Solano
7:00pm Merchants vs Crabs
Saturday, August 6:
3:00pm Solano vs Merchants
7:00pm Crabs vs Auburn
Sunday, August 7:
10:00am TBD vs TBD
2:00pm Crabs vs TBD
6:00pm Championship TBD
First team listed will be the home team. Higher seed will be home team on Sunday.Crabs will play at 2:00pm on Sunday no matter what seed they are.Tie breaker will be: head to head; runs allowed; runs scored.
2016 season passes and tickets will be good for entry. Fans can watch both games with a hand stamp from the front gate.
Purchase a program for $2 and be entered in a drawing for Crabby prizes! Multiple numbers will be drawn during each Crabs game.
Introducing a new game: the Tennis Ball Toss! Buy a numbered tennis ball for $1 and you’ll be able to throw it over the backstop fence to try to get the ball in the bucket behind homeplate. You get it in the bucket or nearest to the bucket and you can WIN!
For the second straight season and sixth time in seven years, the Humboldt Crabs finished off their season by claiming a tournament championship in front of their home crowd, this time winning the second annual Humboldt Invitational Tournament by hammering the Auburn Wildcats 18-5 in the championship game on Sunday night.
The win capped a perfect 5-0 run through the tournament for the Crabs and put their final 2016 record at 35-15, which is especially impressive considering they stood at just 7-8 after 15 games. Our advanced math skills tell us that means the team went 28-7 over its final 35 games.
“We definitely got of to a little bit of a slow start in June,” said manager Tyson Fisher after concluding his third season at the helm. “But I think we played some good teams, so it was a good eye-opener in terms of the caliber of baseball that we expect to see night in, night out – the caliber of baseball that not only the coaches but also the fans and community expect us to play.”
And that caliber of baseball was definitely on display on the final day of the season. After three days of round-robin play, Sunday began with the Auburn Wildcats eliminating the Solano Mudcats. The Crabs then took the field against the Alameda Merchants, whom they had beaten 15-0 earlier in the week.
The second matchup was closer, but the result was the same, as the Crab cruised to an 11-6 win. After spotting the Merchants two runs in the top of the second, the Crabs quickly answered with four runs in the bottom of the frame, thanks largely to a bases-loaded triple by David Hamilton.
Things were still close in heading into the bottom of the seventh, but the Crabs put up a five-spot in the inning to put the game away, setting up a championship game showdown with the Wildcats for the second consecutive year.
And just as in 2015, the Crabs left no doubt. Despite once again spotting their opponents two early runs, Humboldt poured it on throughout the game. They scored six runs in the third and seven in the sixth.
Brian Pozos had a huge day, going 5-for-5 with three doubles. Ryan Reynolds capped off a record season of home runs for the Crabs with a grand slam in that seven-run sixth, the team’s 38th and final round-tripper of what turned out to be quite a memorable season.
“It was a lot of fun with this group,” said Fisher. “It’s just a lot of fun when you have the versatility, players who can do so much, and they really want to do so much too.”
While it was almost ancient history by the time Sunday’s championship game rolled around, one of the most memorable moments of the tournament was the Crabs’ opening game against Solano. In left field was a group of people who arbitrarily decided to call themselves the Brian Pozos Fan Club.
They cheered hard any time he came to bat or made a play in the field, and had their own cheer: “P! O! Z-O-S! Brian Pozos is the best!” And wouldn’t you know it, Pozos wound up knocking in the game-winning run in the 11th inning, then came over to celebrate and pose for photos with his newfound friends.
After the conclusion of the second annual Humboldt Invitational Tournament, Fisher announce the winners of the team’s annual postseason awards. Taking the top honor of Most Valuable Player was James Outman, who earn the title by being the most consistent offensive producer from day one through the end of the season.
“(Outman) kept himself in the lineup each and every day, he never gave away at-bats,” said manager Tyson Fisher. “He consistently was up there grinding, making pitchers work.”
The numbers back up the statement. Outman led the team with a .372 batting average and team highs in hits (70) and RBIs (39) while starting almost every game – something else Fisher said made the decision easy.
“There was never a fear of if he was ready to go or not that day,” Fisher said. “I always hate it when coaches ask, ‘Hey, are you ready to go?’ You’re a player, you’re supposed to be ready to go. He truly goes about each day like that.”
The Pitcher of the Year award went to Aaron Herr, the intense, hard-throwing righty who took the mound every Saturday. He led the team with 7 wins and posted a 1.45 ERA.
“Herr threw some really good games for us, in some big spots,” Fisher said of his ace.
The Morsching/Heinig Memorial Coaches Award, given to one or more players who exhibit the dedication, perseverance and teamwork associated with the award’s namesakes, was shared by first baseman Jayson Newman and pitcher Reed Pfannenstein, each of whom brought it every day in their own unique ways.
“Newman and Reed, they both work hard, they go about it differently,” said Fisher. “Newman’s more of a visible worker. I think Reed’s kind of a behind-the-scenes guy…he’s in there just trying to provide comic relief for his teammates, and I really enjoyed having both of them out here.”
By Kevin Wyart
Humboldt Crabs Baseball
July 9, 2016
ARCATA —With the Crabs spending the four games lighting up the scoreboard, it was the pitching that shined brightest as the Crabs held off the Walnut Creek Crawdads 2-1 Saturday Night at the Arcata Ball Park. Aaron Herr turned in a masterful performance going six innings and only allowing one run on six hits, with four strikeouts and a walk for the win.
“I really liked how I threw my curveball,” Herr said. “I’ve been working on turning that into an effective pitch.”
The Sacramento native also boasted an effective fastball and slider, pitches he’ll need to execute with as he transfers from Sierra Community College up to the NCAA Division I level.
“I’ll be transferring to St. Johns University in New York,” he said. “It’ll be interesting with the cold weather as I’ve never played in the snow before.”
The Crabs bullpen turned in yet another shutdown performance as Kyle Smith, Justin Watland and Austin Ragsdale each pitched a scoreless inning in relief, with Ragsdale picking up the save.
The Crabs would score a run in both the second and third innings for their only offense of the night, but with Herr’s performance, that was all they needed. Jayson Newman led off the second with a walk and showed heads-up base running advancing from first to third on Michael Perri’s single, a ball that ate Crawdads player Connor Casperson alive at second base and skipped into right-center.
That allowed him to score on a groundout to short by David Hamilton and the Crabs took a 1-0 lead. They would get their second run in the third when Mason Cerrillo started the inning with a double and David Hamilton followed with a single that sent Cerrillo to third. Brian Pozos then hit a scoring fly ball to center field to give the Crabs a 2-0 advantage.
The Crabs pitching staff was able to make that lead stand, as they only allowed the Crawdads to score in the fifth. With two outs, Mickey Nunes hit a double, then was singled home by Casperson, who took second on the throw. With the tying run at second base and two out, Aaron Herr bore down and struck out Alex Tsuruda to end the threat.
Herr showed even more poise in the sixth inning. After a hit batter and a single put runners at first and third, catcher Logan Denholm picked off Trevor Greenley form first base, caused Michael Lagier to pop out foul to first base, and after a walk to load the bases, struck out Vincent Volpatti to put out the fire.
The Crawdads had one more chance to tie the game in the ninth. With two outs, Turner Lace hit a ball off the glove of Pozos followed by a single by Nunes to put the tying run in scoring position. Ragsdale then sealed the game by striking out Casperson to end it.
For his part, Crawdads started David Rajeski turned in a solid performance in defeat. He went five innings and gave up only two runs on three hits with four strikeouts and three walks. Sam Carter pitched three scoreless innings in relief with only one hit against him.
Both these teams will conclude their three game series Sunday afternoon, with a 12:30pm first pitch. The Crabs will be celebrating founder Lou Bonomini’s 100th birthday as part of the day’s festivities. Gates open at 11:30am and kids are invited to run the bases after the game.
By Kevin Wyart
Humboldt Crabs Baseball
July 3, 2016
ARCATA—The Crabs were able to keep Top Speed baseball off the scoreboard for eight out of nine innings on Sunday, but allowed 10 Top Speed runners to cross the plate in the fourth inning and fell to them 10-2 at the Arcata Ball Park.
The Crabs (12-10) scored their two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on a Ryan Reynolds two-run home run. Otherwise, it was the top of the fourth inning that decided the ballgame.
In all, 15 men came to the plate for Top Speed (24-2) in that fourth inning. Top Speed scored 10 runs on six hits, drew four walks and had two batters hit by pitches. Grant St. Martin led off the inning with a double, followed by a walk to Matt Martinez. After a Rob Berning strikeout, Cody Erickson singled to load the bases.
St. Martin scored the first run on a bases loaded walk to Jack Dennis. Cesar Rodriguez promptly continued the rally with an RBI single, then Ryan Schalch hit a two- RBI single to make it 4-0. Nick Rao was then hit by a pitch to reload the bases and Matt Minnick was able to draw another walk to bring in the fifth run.
St. Martin contributed two more RBIs on a single and the game was then 7-0. Matt Martinez then walked to once again reload the bases, then Berning was hit by a pitch to make the score 8-0. The final blow of the inning came on a 2 RBI single by Cody Erickson and it became a 10-0 contest.
The rest of the game combined, Top Speed went scoreless while only managing three base hits and four walks. That fourth inning chased Crabs starter Ryan Sullivan out of the game. He finished the game having allowed 8 earned runs on four hits, while walking five and striking out six.
Jacob Gomez followed and surrendered two runs on two hits plus a walk without recording a single out. Ryan Smith, Riley Sweeney, and Kevin Calderhead would combine for 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Top Speed starter Diego Ibarra kept the Crabs at bay much of the afternoon before he ran out of gas and allowed the home run to Reynolds in the 7th. He went 6 1/3 innings, giving up only those two runs on four hits, with three walks and six strikeouts. Jake Pannunzio threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief, allowing on hit and two walks while striking out four.
The Crabs will continue their stretch of nine game in ten days on Monday as they welcome the Solano Mudcats to town. The game will have a special holiday start time of 2:30pm.
ARCATA — July 4th is still a couple of days away, but the fireworks were flying Saturday Night in the Crabs 2-0 loss to Top Speed Baseball at the Arcata Ball Park. In a game that featured two ejections and a shouting match that cleared the benches, the Crabs were unable to generate consistent offense behind a solid pitching performance from Aaron Herr.
Herr, who took the loss, went six innings and allowed only two runs (one earned) on two hits with six strikeouts and three walks. The only runs he allowed were on two unfortunate breaks that favored Top Speed.
In the Top of the fourth inning, Grant St. Martin walked with two outs and advanced to second on a wild pitch. With St. Martin at second, Matt Minnick lined a base hit into right field. Logan Busch charged it and instead of trying to throw out the runner at home, he went to first instead as Minnick took a wide turn and Newt Johnson tagged him for the third out.
It looked possible that Minnick was tagged out at first before St. Martin scored, which would have negated the run. Tyson Fisher came out and emphatically argued with home plate umpire Don Holfacker, who ruled that the run did score. Fisher was promptly ejected and Top Speed took a 1-0 lead.
Top Speed would score their second run in the fifth inning, as Chris Miguel led off with a walk and advanced to third on a wild pitch and a sacrifice bunt. Kyle Schmidt came up with two out and Miguel at third and hit a groundball deep in the hole at short. David Hamilton made a great stop, but his throw went wide of first base, allowing the run to score before he was tagged out trying to make it to second.
That would be the only offense generated by both teams as the Crabs scattered six hits, all of them singles. Top Speed starter Casey Brown was fantastic, going seven innings plus, allowing only five base hits while striking out eight and walking two. Mario Morales contributed two scoreless innings and picked up the save.
Things really got heated in the bottom of the eighth inning, however. With the bases loaded and two outs, the Crabs had their best chance to score of the evening. Logan Denholm popped the ball up and Top Speed first baseman Grant St. Martin came up to handle it, but had to stand in the basepath to do so. Denholm then collided with St. Martin and Denholm was called out for interference.
That’s when a few players on Top Speed stormed out of the dugout to confront Denholm and the Crabs responded with their benches clearing and eventually, every single player from both teams was on the field. There was a couple minutes of yelling and shouting, but no punches were thrown. Denholm was ejected for his collision, but no further disciplinary action was taken by the umpiring crew.
The Crabs and Top Speed Baseball will meet on Sunday afternoon for the rubber game of the three game series. Game time is at 12:30pm with gates opening at 11:30am. As with every Sunday afternoon game, kids are invited to run the bases after the final out.
ARCATA—After being out of town for the past 10 days, the Crabs put an exclamation point on their triumphant return to Humboldt County as they bludgeoned Top Speed Baseball 16-2 Friday evening at the Arcata Ball Park.
The Crabs (12-8) have won their past five games after dropping the first three games of their road trip last week. For Top Speed (22-2), it was only their second loss of the season.
The scoring got started in the second inning, with Top Speed taking the first lead of the game. Nick Rao led off with a single and was doubled home by Grant St. Martin. A couple of batters later, catcher Rob Berning laced a single to left-center, giving Top Speed a 2-0 advantage.
That lead wouldn’t last however, as Humboldt responded in a huge way in the bottom of the second. Logan Denholm led off with a single, followed by another single by Nick Warren.
The Crabs would get their first run on a fielding error by Top Speed second baseman Nick Rao on a groundball by Michael Perri. After another single by Logan Busch, David Hamilton hit a scoring fly ball to right field to tie the game.
Brian Pozos would add an RBI single of his own and the next batter, James Outman would land the game’s biggest blow, launching a missile over the right field scoreboard to make it a 6-2 game.
“I don’t even want to know what my [batting] average is,” Outman said. “I just go up to the plate hoping I can help us strike first in the game, then wanting to make the last strike at the end.”
The Crabs would add two more runs in the third and would really put the game out of reach in the sixth. They would send nine batters to the plate, including a two run home run by Pozos and score nine times. Denholm hit an RBI double and Perri would add a two RBI single. The Crabs would get three more in the eighth including a 2 RBI triple by Nick Warren. In all, the Crabs would score 16 runs on 14 hits.
For Crabs starting pitcher Jason Alexander, the second inning was a bit of a struggle, but the righty would go on to pitch 6 full innings, allowing only the two second inning runs (one earned) to score. He struck out five, walked one, and only surrendered five hits.
The Crabs bullpen would contribute three scoreless innings of their own. For Top Speed starter Chrit Rudkin, the night didn’t go according to plan, as he was charged with 11 runs, (six earned) on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked three. The Crabs would score additional runs off Top Speed relievers Stan Wolpuk and Tucker Pullium.
Both these team will be in action again on Saturday for game 2 of the three game series. For the Crabs, this will be day two of a stretch of nine games in 10 days.
“I’m not even thinking about [the amount of games]” Outman said. “I just get to show up and play baseball every day without even having to worry about school. I’m excited.”
Saturday’s game begins at 7pm at the Arcata Ballpark.
July 1: Mustache Night sponsored by Humboldt Roller Derby.
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July 6: Crabs Player Sign Contest: Top 3 most creative or funny signs for the players win prizes! Make a sign showing your support for a Crabs player, print two of them on 11x17 and submit one copy to the souvenir stand.
July 8: Cowboy Night & Sponsor Night/Catered Dinner in Right Field for our sponsors
July 9: Bigfoot Celebration & SF Junior Giants weekend
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