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Knights to Visit Humboldt Crabs for First Time Since 2009

By Dan Segel/Corvallis Knights

Corvallis, Ore., Thursday, February 15, 2018 - The back-to-back West Coast League champion Corvallis Knights and independent Humboldt Crabs are renewing a special rivalry that got started back in 2000, as Knights Baseball Club CEO Dan Segel announced this morning that the Knights have scheduled a road series at Arcata Ball Park this summer- their first visit since 2009.

Both clubs have rich histories and are excited to get their seasons started with a good old fashioned, wood-bat, turnback-the-clock, three-game series set for June 1-3 in Arcata, California, located approximately 250 miles north of SanFrancisco.

“Our organization is thrilled about this opportunity,” said Segel. “Arcata Ball Park is a treasure, and the fan environment is like no other.”

“We think our players and coaches will thoroughly enjoy the Crabs’ experience. The crowd is eclectic and setting so unique. We are very pleased this all worked out.”

The Crabs and Knights last matched up in 2015 at Oregon State’s Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. Humboldt visited Corvallis for the first time that summer for a two-game series that the Knights swept, with the finale featuring a 14-inning, 5-4 Corvallis victory as current senior right-handed pitcher Ryan Walker of Washington State earned the win in relief.

"When the Crabs came to Goss, they brought great energy and we played two very competitive games,” said Corvallis skipper Brooke Knight. “Not only will this series be a blast, it’s a great way to get the team ready for West Coast League play and have some early season bonding time.”

Back in 2000, the Knights, then called the Aloha Knights, won their inaugural game at the Crabs, 8-3, before Humboldt came roaring back winning the next three matches in convincing fashion.

The teams played again in 2001, this time the Knights cracked the Crabs; taking 3 of 4 games at Arcata Ball Park. In 2002, the Knights followed the same script, taking the first three games before dropping the series finale.

2003 saw the Crabs turn the tables, winning the first three contests at Arcata Ball Park before the Knights captured the finale. That summer, Humboldt visited Gresham, Oregon to participate in the Knights second annual All-American Invitational NBC World Series qualifying tournament at Mt. Hood CC’s Oslund Field. The two rivals would face-off,

with the Crabs edging the Knights 5-4 much to the delight of the World Famous Crab Grass Band, who traveled all the way from Humboldt County to perform and root on their Crabs.

2004 featured the first split between the two clubs at Arcata Ball Park, with the Crabs recording the first two wins and the Knights earning victories in the last two contests.

In 2005, the Knights swept the Crabs for the first time, winning three games by scores of 12-3, 8-4 and 4-0. It was also the first time Humboldt had ever been swept at home in the club’s 61-year history. The following summer, the Knights took 3 of 4 at Humboldt scoring 36 runs over the 2006 series.

The Knights made their first visit to Arcata Ball Park in 2007 as the Corvallis Knights; and captured 2 of 3 games.

Corvallis and Humboldt spilt a two-game series in 2008, with the Knights taking the finale at Arcata Ball Park by outslugging the Crabbies 12-6 as current AA Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado) pitcher D.J. Johnson hit two homers and current San Francisco Giants reliever Josh Osich started the game for the Knights.

The summer of 2009 was the last time the Knights visited Arcata Ball Park, with Corvallis sweeping the two-game road series; winning their last game at Humboldt 3-2, as three future big leaguers made appearances for the Knights: Colorado’s Tyler Anderson in relief, San Diego’s Rocky Gale at third base and Baltimore’s Andrew Susac at catcher.

Over a rivalry that has nearly spanned 20 years, the Knights have posted a 22-13 mark versus the always tough Crabs.

Founded in 1945, the Humboldt Crabs are the oldest continuously-operated summer collegiate, wood-bat, baseball team in the country. 2018 will mark the 74th consecutive year of Crabs baseball.

When Jack Riley was head baseball coach at Oregon State, he sent many of his best players to play summer baseball for the Humboldt Crabs including Philomath native, ex-big league pitcher and Knights alum Mike Thurman.

Current Oregon State head baseball coach Pat Casey starred for Humboldt during his college playing days at University of Portland.

Former Knights and Oregon State sweet-swinging first baseman Joey Gerber was inducted into the Humboldt Crabs Hall of Fame in 2015. Gerber played for the Knights in 1999 and 2001, and with the Crabs in 1997 and 1998.

Ex-major league players Jeff Blauser, Bruce Bochte, Rich Dauer, Dane Iorg, Craig Lefferts, Steve Olin and Mike Redmond are alums of the Humboldt Crabs.

LINK: https://corvallisknights.com/corvallis-adds-exciting-non-league-series-open-2018-road-schedule/

ABOUT THE CORVALLIS KNIGHTS
The Knights are a member of the 11-team, wood-bat West Coast League (WCL). The club is dedicated to accelerating student development, bettering its community and delivering affordable family entertainment. Based in Corvallis, Oregon, the team plays its home games at Goss Stadium on the campus of Oregon State University. Established in 1990, the club relocated to the Mid-Valley in the winter of 2006. The club features top collegiate players and a full slate of entertaining promotions including fireworks nights. For more information on the Knights, please visit: www.corvallisknights.com.

2018 will be the Crabs 74th season!

There are many ways community members can get involved with the Crabs, just a few of which are listed below. E-mail the Crabs for more info: humboldtcrabs@gmail.com. Thank you to our Crabs Sponsors! Click on link: Sponsors

For a printable 2018 ScheduleCLICK HERE

Outfield signs, Program, Radio and Web Ads, etc.
There are many different options to fit any advertising budget. Sponsor homeruns, get a live read or mention on the Crabs radio during the games, sponsor a special themed night at the park and more. To partner with the Crabs, read about all the options below.

To view the 2018 Sponsorship Form in jpgs: Page 1, Page 2. To pay with credit card: PURCHASE your 2018 Crabs Sponsorships online HERE! Early Bird Special: All sponsors whose payments are received before or on March 17, 2018 will receive 7 Free general admission tickets along with your sponsorship package.

Ad Program Deadline is May 1, 2018: 1,500 copies of the annual Official Crabs Baseball Program prints every May and is distributed and sold at the ballpark for the summer (June to Aug). Click here to see last year's 2017 Crabs Program.

The Crabs also offer Website ads, Live and Pre-recorded radio spots, Outfield Fence Signs, Inside the Ballpark Signs, and sponsors are encouraged to sponsor a Special Event or Promotion at the ballpark by giving away promotional items to 800+ game day fans. In return, your business will be featured in all Crabs media as well as live ballpark announcements during the game. The Crabs average attendance for the summer hovers around 32,000.

Listen to the Crabs on KGOE 1480 AM. KGOE will stream all the Crabs games online so parents, family, friends and fans can listen at home! To purchase a produced radio spot, please contact KGOE at (707) 442-2000.

OR watch all the Crabs games on our YouTube channel. They are streamed live every game and archived so you won't miss any of the action. You can also get your business mentioned live on air during the broadcast by Crabs radio announcers: Benjamin and Hoke.

Sponsor Crabs Corner on KIEM, News Ch. 3. Purchase a commercial or spot on News Ch. 3 and mention, you'd like to sponsor the Crabs. Tune it every Sunday at 6pm. Visit their website for more info: http://kiem-tv.com/sports 

 

Right Field BBQ Area, Left Field Rental, Bat Boy, National Anthem, Group Tickets
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 exclusive right field BBQ area or our non-exclusive left 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 our volunteer staff CrabsSpecialEvents@gmail.com 

Donate Gift Certificates, Prizes or Swag for our fans
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. Giveaway your donated items or gift certificates during a designated game on the schedule and your business will be promoted live (and on the radio) to our 800+ fans. Mail in your gift certificates to the Humboldt Crabs, PO BOX 4422 Arcata, CA 95518. 

Donate a Box of Balls or Hire a Crab Player for the Summer
A large portion of our expenses every year comes from equipment. You can help out by pledging to buy a box of baseballs. Also, our collegiate baseball players are available for light yard work or light office work or can even work part-time for your business. Contact Crabs volunteer Larry Zerlang at (707) 496-4802 for more info.

Join the Crabs Green Team
Do you like baseball? Be a part of the Crabs' tradition by becoming a volunteer and or super fan. The Crabs Green Team spends one hour on designated Saturday mornings to clean up a section of US HWY 101 as well as help clean up the outfield grass after fireworks nights. Green Team members will receive free Crabs general admission tickets to any game for one hour of service. Email Green Team Captain and volunteer Bob Felter at bfelter3@gmail.com for more info.

Crabs Alumni & Hall of Fame
Did you ever play for the Crabs or do you know someone who did? Contact Crabs volunteer Vikki Rossi at vikki@reninet.com to find out how you can get involved with all our Crabs Alumni events. Find out when Alumni weekend is this year.

Donations or Fundraisers
Please submit a written letter about your fundraiser and/or your non-profit organization with a return address and contact information to the Humboldt Crabs, P.O. Box 4422, Arcata, CA 95518, attn Donations. Submit donation request letter 3 to 4 weeks in advance of your event or fundraiser. Our primary focus is to support youth sports programs (with an emphasis on baseball or softball). All donation requests will be considered, but not all will be fullfilled.

2018 Crabs Camps start in late June

Click here to register for Crabs Camp

2018 Youth Baseball Camps for Boys & Girls offered at various locations throughout Humboldt County. Each camp begins includes hands-on involvement by Crabs Baseball Coaches. During the week, Crabs Coach Eric Giacone will direct the squad of several players hand-picked from the Crabs roster for their baseball skills and their ability to work well with kids.  Please note: Camp size is limited to the first 90 registrants at each location.

Your Crabs Camp experience will include:

  • A fun week of baseball skills instruction by Crabs Coaches and Players
  • An authentic Humboldt Crabs Baseball Camp Tee Shirt (distributed at camp)
  • Adult and child tickets to see the Humboldt Crabs! (See details below)

TWO LEVELS OF CAMPS ARE OFFERED:

​$50/Three-Day (9am - 12pm) ROOKIE Camps for ages 6-8:

  • Wednesday, June 27- Friday, June 29: Fortuna’s Newburg Field
  • Monday July 9- Wednesday, July 11: Arcata Little League Park
  • Monday July 16-Wednesday, July 18: Eureka’s Redwood Fields
  • Monday, July 23-Wednesday, July 25: McKinleyville’s Hiller Park

$100/Five-Day (9am - 1pm)* MVP Camps for ages 9-14:

  • Tuesday, June 26-Friday June 29: Fortuna’s Newburg Field* (9am-2 pm)
  • Monday-Friday July 9-13 Arcata Little League Park
  • Monday-Friday July 16-20 Eureka’s Redwood Fields
  • Monday-Friday July 23-27 McKinleyville’s Hiller Park
Camp Descriptions & Details: Rookie Camps (approximate ages 6-8)

Rookie camps are for buys & girls ages 6-8, just getting started in their baseball careers, not quite old enough for the weeklong camps but who still want to get out on the field with their heroes. Campers should bring a water bottle and snack to camp. Campers will receive 4 Humboldt Crabs youth tickets and 2 Humboldt Crabs adult tickets. These will be available for pickup in the ticket booth with ID of cardholder who purchased Crabs Camp. Email camps@humboldtcrabs.com to make other arrangements.

MVP Camp (approximate age 9-14)

MVP Camp is for boys & girls ages 9-14 who want to learn all defensive positions and have a chance to play, learn, and improve at the position of their choice. Baseball offense, hitting, bunting, and base running, is taught from the ground up. Teamwork, sportsmanship, and communication are stressed. Group instruction, game situations, team games and practice with pitching machines are some of the activities the camper will experience. Campers should bring a water bottle and a lunch to camp. Campers will receive a Humboldt Crabs youth season pass and 10 Humboldt Crabs adult tickets. These will be available for pickup in the ticket booth with ID of cardholder who purchased Crabs Camp. Email camps@humboldtcrabs.com to make other arrangements.

For questions about camps please email our volunteers at camps@humboldtcrabs.com.

Weekend Sweep Puts Lone Loss in Rearview

The throng of young fans joyfully descending on home plate for the traditional Sunday postgame run around the bases after a sweep of the visiting California Expos on a sunny but breezy afternoon was a stark but satisfying contrast to the way the week had started for the Humboldt Crabs.

A steady-but-not-heavy rain clearly impacted the attendance of the anticipated matchup between the Crabs and the Humboldt B52s on Wednesday, and the Crabs’ performance was as dreary as the weather in a 6-1 loss. Former Crab Ruben Rios tossed a gem, keeping Crabs hitters off balance all night, and Kokko Figueiredo whacked a three-run homer in the fourth.

“We didn’t play very well,” said manager Robin Guiver. “We made errors, and the 52s are a good team and they beat us. They were fired up and we were a little flat, the rain all day was kind of weird, but we tip the cap to them they played well, we threw the ball around and didn’t play well, and they beat us from the first inning to the ninth inning.”

But as Guiver noted, there’s still a lot of season ahead, and the Crabs quickly put the loss behind them.

“That was Wednesday, and we got the sweep this weekend,” he said, “and we have a big week coming up with the Studs and the Blues coming in, six games in a row starting Tuesday, so that’s long in the past now, we’re looking forward for sure.”

The weather was better on Friday, and so was the Crabs’ effort as they beat the Expos 6-3 in the opener of a three-game series.

Despite being outhit on the night, they held a 6-1 lead after four largely on Devin Lehman’s three-run double. That was plenty of support for Andrew Najeeb-Brush, who struck out nine over 6 1/3 innings to earn his first win as a Crab.

The rain returned again Saturday night, but only for about 20 minutes, and it couldn’t put out the fire in Crabs starter Jeffrey Kersten. He hit the double-digit mark in strikeouts in his eight innings, and held an opponent to one run for the second straight time out – a decent start to his Crabs career, to say the least.

“Jeffrey’s a good pitcher,” said Guiver. “He’s loose on the mound, loose arm action, good curveball, throws the changeup well and he throws strikes, and he’s confident, He’s a bulldog out there. I knew he’d be good for us all summer, and he’ll be bulldog for us all summer.”

Kersten, for his part, credited the defense for keeping him in his groove as the game progressed.

“It’s pretty easy to pitch well when you’ve got good defense behind you, making plays to get you back in, quick innings,” he said.

The Crabs ended up needing every ounce of Kersten’s effort. Expos starter Rickie Garcia was stellar in his own right, outduelling Kersten through six innings and the visitors led 1-0. But the Crabs finally got to Garcia in the seventh.

Jeremiah Burks led off with a triple, and Ryan Myers promptly doubled him in. Four batters later, Myers scored on a wild pitch for what ultimately proved to be the game-winning run.

“I had a feeling that we would come through,” said Kersten, “especially the way we’d been playing all night, I knew the bats will come around too.”
Just two starts in, Kersten already knows this summer is going to be something special.

“Funnest time of my life,” he said. “Two weeks feels like I’ve already been with these guys for two years. It’s just a really good family atmosphere out here, especially the fans, good fan base, kids running around the whole time, it’s really fun out here.”

Sunday produced more of those good times, as the team ended the week on a high note. After spotting the Expos three runs in the top of the first, the Crabs answered with eight in the bottom of the frame. It was back and forth after that, but the Crabs never relinquished the lead, eventually winning 15-11.

The team pounded out 13 hits, withe every starter getting at least one. Jack Krauel did the heavy damage, driving in a game-high four runs.

There’s lots of action this week at the Arcata Ball Park with games every night against two high-quality, storied franchises in the San Luis Obispo Blues here during the week, and the Seattle Studs coming in for the the weekend.

Special events and promotions:

• June 17: 2:30pm game. Advanced Security Giveaway Day! Free seat cushions to the first 400 fans. Note: Limited parking due to the Oyster Festival on the Arcata Plaza. Shuttles available at HSU Parking lot.

• June 18: Father's Day (limited seating) Sponsored by Pierson Building Center. Win all kinds of free hardware stuff. More than $800 worth of giveaways and prizes for some lucky fans.

CRABS MEDIA:

• Check out Crabs Corner every Sunday at 6pm on KIEM News Ch. 3 under Sports.

• Listen to North Coast Game Night / ESPN raddio on KATA 1340 AM, 92.7 FM every Monday starting at 4pm. Live broadcast from Six Rivers Brewery. JB Mathers and Tag Wotherspoon interview the Crabs players all summer long.

• Watch all the Crabs games on the Humboldt Crabs You Tube Channel.

• Check out the Crabs on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

If you can’t make it to the game, you can watch it live at http://humboldtcrabs.com/watch, or check out their new live stats feature at http://iscorebaseball.com/humboldtcrabs.

 

Walkoff Homer Leads to Opening Sweep

ARCATA ‑ A dramatic 11th-inning walkoff homer on opening night propelled the Humboldt Crabs to a three-game sweep of the Rockville RockHounds to start off the 2017 summer baseball season.

Fresno State’s Jeremiah Burks endeared himself to fans and teammates quickly when he sent a 3-1 pitch over the fence, rewarding the faithful who had stuck around till the end with a hard-fought 5-4 victory.

It was the kind of early season win that can really help a team find its identity.

“Going into extra innings and getting that win, we just met the day before and it already feels like we’ve been with each other for a while,” said Burks.

The Crabs carried the energy through the weekend, putting up double digits in runs the next two games, winning 10-3 on Saturday evening, and 18-8 on Sunday.

“We’re looking pretty good to start,” Burks said, “so we just have to stay with that – and we still have more good players coming.”

Burks had a bit of an idea what he was getting into, as he’s teammates at Fresno State with several recent former Crabs, including 2017 first team all-Mountain West Conference selection Jesse Medrano.

“It’s a great experience out here, lost of fans,” Burks said. “They def told me that it’s a great experience and I can already tell just from this first weekend.”

Burks was certainly not the sole reason the Crabs had a perfect first weekend. In fact, just about everyone got in on the action.

“It went as well as well as we could have hoped,” said first-year manager Robin Guiver, who took over after Tyson Fisher stepped aside after last season. “Everybody pitched except for Junior (Davis) who’s pitching Wednesday (against the B52s), all our batters got a lot of at-bats, and we got three wins.

First baseman Ryan Myers from Montana State hit two home runs on the weekend, the second of which was a towering shot on Sunday afternoon.

Gonzaga’s Patrick Chung also got in on the long ball action, homering to spark a nine-run eighth inning on Sunday.

“We played well up and down the lineup,” said Guiver. “There were times when the bottom of the lineup was getting it done, times when the top got it started. Ryan Myers showed some good power, we did some real good things.”

So was it weird for Guiver being the manager, after spending so many years assisting?

“ I don’t feel that much different at all,” Guiver said. “When I coached with Nutter before he allowed me to do a lot, so it feels pretty natural.”

Guiver did concede that it was a little weird not being in that third-base coach’s box, and did have remind himself once that he’s not the pitching coach either, but baseball’s all about adjustments, and it’s no different for coaches.

The season continues Wednesday night, with the first-ever meeting with the Humboldt B52s, followed by a weekend series with the California Expos.

CRABS MEDIA:

• Check out Crabs Corner every Sunday at 6pm on KIEM News Ch. 3 under Sports.

• Listen to North Coast Game Night / ESPN raddio on KATA 1340 AM, 92.7 FM every Monday starting at 4pm. Live broadcast from Six Rivers Brewery. JB Mathers and Tag Wotherspoon interview the Crabs players all summer long.

• Watch all the Crabs games on the Humboldt Crabs You Tube Channel.

• Check out the Crabs on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

If you can’t make it to the game, you can watch it live at http://humboldtcrabs.com/watch, or check out their new live stats feature at http://iscorebaseball.com/humboldtcrabs.

Ryan Dettman added to Crabs coaching staff

December 20, 2016

ARCATA — Humboldt Crabs manager Robin Guiver has finalized his staff of assistant coaches for the 2017 campaign. Crabs alumni and Feather River College assistant coach Ryan Dettman will be added to the Crabs roster. He will join pitching coach Eric Giacone and Brad Morgan for the 74th consecutive year of Crabs baseball on the North Coast. Fans may remember Dettman was an outfielder for the Crabs during the summer of 2012, while he was playing at Oregon State University.

Dettman graduated from Del Campo High School in the Sacramento area in 2008 and played for the American River College Beavers in 2010 and 2011, graduating with an AA degree.  He moved onto Oregon State University, playing for the Beavers in 2012 and 2013 and earning a Bachelor’s degree in sociology. While at American River, Ryan earned All-Nor Cal honors as an outfielder and was selected to the Big 8 All-Conference team. .

Dettman began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Corvallis High School in Corvallis, Oregon. He then spent the summer of 2013 coaching the Corvallis Richey’s Market American Legion team, where he helped guide the team to a state tournament appearance. For the past three years, he has spent time coaching in the Chico area, where he helped out with the Chico Aces travel ball team at all age levels.

Dettman enters his first season with the Golden Eagles at Feather River College. His primary responsibilities are coaching the outfielders and hitters. He also will be involved with recruiting and the scouting of opponents throughout the season. Feather River has won 9 of the last 10 Golden Valley Conference championships and advanced to the Final Four in 2013.

As Crabs assistant coach, Dettman hopes to continue to build on the success of past Crabs teams and players. He wants to help build the baseball skills and knowledge of new players. “We want to help continue teaching these young men the required skills necessary in all facets of the game in order to continue succeeding in this wonderful game,” he said.

“Playing for the Crabs was a special experience that not many college athletes get to enjoy,” he added. “There is a reason the Crabs are one of the longest running summer ball programs in the country.”

For more information, email info@humboldtcrabs.com

Morgan named Crabs assistant coach

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.

For more information regarding the upcoming season, contact info@humboldtcrabs.com

Robin Guiver will take over for 2017 season

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.”

Champions Again!

by Erik Fraser
Humboldt Crabs

Another season, another storybook ending.

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.

MVP! MVP! And Other Awards

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.”

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