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.
FOUL BALLS SPONSORED BY HARPER MOTORS
July 2: Humboldt Heroes Night
FOUL BALLS SPONSORED BY THE TIMES-STANDARD NEWSPAPER
July 3: Camo T-shirt Day & Veteran's Appreciation Day
July 4: Wear Red, White & Blue (2:30pm Game) Bring your own chairs, picnic blankets due to limited seating. FOUL BALLS SPONSORED BY HARPER MOTORS
July 5: OPEN
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
July 10: Lou Bonomini Day/Celebrate his 100th belated Bday
FOUL BALLS SPONSORED BY THE TIMES-STANDARD NEWSPAPER
ARCATA, CA—The Crabs looked like they were on their way to their third win in a row, taking a 2-1 lead into the ninth inning, but were unable to hold it as they fell to the California Expos 3-2 Saturday Night at the Arcata Ballpark.
The Expos proved to be a very patient team all the way to the end, scoring two runs in the ninth inning on two hits and an error after struggling to generate much offense for much of the game, getting one run on five hits through the first eight innings.
With the Crabs ahead 2-1, the Expos started the ninth with a Matty Nunez single, then was moved to second with a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Turney. Tristan Alvarez then reached on an error by right fielder Logan Busch, making it to second and sending Nunez to third.
With two runners in scoring position and two out, Expos catcher Alan Crowley knocked through a single to score Nunez and Alvarez to give them a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
The Expos scored the first run of the game in the top of the first. With runners at first and third with one out, Angel Flores, hit a groundball to second, but the Crabs couldn’t complete the double play, allowing Conly Biglione to cross the plate.
The Crabs (4-3) would respond in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Austin White singled, stole second, and made it to third on James Outman’s base hit. Newt Johnson then hit a ball deep enough to right field for White to tag up and score.
After Jayson Newman walked, Logan Denholm hit a groundball deep in the hole at short, and the ball was thrown wide by Tristen Alvarez. Denholm would have beaten it out anyway, and Outman would have scored accordingly, so Denholm gets credit for a hit and an RBI, along with the error charged to Alvarez. The Crabs would leave runners on first and second to end the inning and the Crabs would settle for their two runs.
Aaron Herr went four innings for the Crabs, allowing an earned run on three hits and four walks with no strikeouts. Reed Pfannenstein pitched three innings allowing only two hits while striking out two. Austin Ragsdale threw a scoreless eighth inning and Jacob Gomez pitched the ninth getting charged with two unearned runs on two hits, picking up the tough loss.
Josh Acosta picked up the win for the Expos, finishing the game by pitching three scoreless innings, allowing no hits, while walking four and striking out six. Expos starter Connor Brogdon went six innings, surrendering two runs (one earned) on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts.
The Crabs and Expos will conclude their three game series with the rubber match on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 12:30pm, with the gates open at 11:30am. As with every Sunday home game, kids are invited to run the bases and high-five the Crabs players after the game.
by Kevin Wyart
Friday, June 10, 2016
ARCATA, CA —After going relatively quiet the last three games, the Crabs offense roared back to life Friday night behind another magnificent start by Jason Alexander to beat the California Expos 9-2 at the Arcata Ballpark.
Alexander carried a perfect game into the sixth inning, before two Expos baserunners reached base, first, Tyler Turney reached on an error, than Tristen Alvarez hit a fly ball single to right field. Otherwise, he allowed nothing while striking out ten before coming out for relief pitcher Kevin Calderhead to begin the seventh.
Calderhead allowed two runs to score (one earned) in his two innings of work, with two hits, a strikeout and no walks. Riley Sweeney closed things out with a perfect ninth inning, picking up two strikeouts.
“It’s great being able to have a pitcher like [Alexander] go out and dominate.” Crabs First baseman Jayson Newman said. “It allows you to focus on what you need to do as a hitter.”
The Crabs (4-2) would score their first run with two out in the third inning on a James Outman RBI single that drove in Austin White. The Crabs would then score six of their nine runs in the fourth inning when they sent 11 men to the plate and stringed together five hits, with two walks and a hit batter.
Jayson Newman led off the inning with a walk, followed by another walk to Jacob Thurber after a Michael Perri groundout. Logan Busch hit a ball to deep left center field for a triple that sent in both Newman and Thurber to make the score 3-0 at that point. Brian Pozos proceeded to single in Busch, before an Austin White triple knocked him in.
With the score 5-0, the Crabs weren’t done, as James Outman roped a single to score White and was brought in himself on a Jayson Newman RBI single to put the game away at 7-0. Humboldt added two more in the fifth on a two RBI single by Austin White for a 9-0 lead.
“We were able to see what the pitcher was doing early on,” Newman said. “We were able to quickly figure out what to hit and made solid contact.”
Overall, the Crabs were able to touch up Expos starter Hilario Tovar and the rest of their pitching staff for nine runs on twelve hits. They also benefitted from six walks. The Expos scored their only two runs in the seventh inning when Matty Nunez led off as a pinch-hitter and reached on an error.
Alan Crowley followed with a single then Grant Ferris, was hit by a pitch. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Angel Flores hit into a double play to score the first run. The second run was scored on an RBI single by DeAndre Smith to make the score 7-2.
The Crabs would not allow another as they were able to win their second straight game and fourth in a row vs the California Expos dating back to last season.
These teams will be back in action on Saturday at the Arcata Ball Park for game two of the three game series. It’s MLB jersey night at the ballpark and fans are encouraged to wear apparel in support of their favorite MLB club. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. with the gates opening at 6 p.m.