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Crabs go 4-3 on the road, winning four straight

The Crabs went 4-3 on the road

Dates and Scores from the road trip:

6/22/16: Humboldt Crabs 6, @Healdsburg Prune Packers 7 (LOSS)
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6/23/16: Humboldt Crabs 3, @Healdsburg Prune Packers 4 (LOSS)
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6/24/16: Humboldt Crabs 1, @SLO Blues 3 (LOSS)
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6/25/16: Humboldt Crabs 11, @SLO Blues 1 (WIN)
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6/26/16: Humboldt Crabs 9, @SLO Blues 8 (WIN)
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6/28/16: Humboldt Crabs 16, @Redding Colt 45s 4 (WIN)
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6/29/16: Humboldt Crabs 11 @Redding Colt 45s 5 (WIN)
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Listen to the Redding Colt 45s 2-game set on KCNR 1460.com via the Colt 45s website at http://www.reddingcolt45s.com or watch the game live via Point Streak Stats. Read about the games the day after on the Redding Searchlight Newspaper's Sports pages. Articles by T.J. Holmes (@tjholmes_RS). Video highlights posted to the Crabs Facebook page.

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PROMOTIONS & THEME GAMES COMING UP:

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July 2: Humboldt Heroes Night
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July 3: Camo T-shirt Day & Veteran's Appreciation Day

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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
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Crabs snap Colt 45s 7-game win streak, win 16-4, 11-5

Photo by Greg Barnette/Record Searchlight The Redding Colt 45s' Chandler Anderson is out at second as Humboldt Crabs' second baseman David Hamilton turns a double play Tuesday at Tiger Field. The Crabs won 16-4.

LOCAL SPORTS | SUMMER COLLEGIATE BASEBALL

Posted: 6/29/16 11:31 p.m.

By T.J. Holmes of the Redding Record Searchlight

REDDING —The magic couldn't last all summer for the Redding Colt 45s.

Redding snapped a seven-game winning streak, falling flat 16-4 to the visiting Humboldt Crabs on Tuesday night at Tiger Field.

The Colt 45s have had multiple late-game comebacks with big innings over their hot streak, but it was the Crabs who had the big rally to halt any momentum.

"We're good when we get those sparks of energy," said Colt 45s' Ryan Williams of Cal Baptist. "We bounce off each other and need that first spark, but if we don't get that first one sometimes it's tough when we get hits here and there instead of in bunches."

Redding starter Brandon Lupton of Shasta College (4-1) suffered his first loss of the season, giving up 10 runs, seven earned, on 12 hits in 5.1 innings. The Colt 45s pitching staff entered with an earned run average of 2.65, allowing only four home runs on the summer. The Crabs hit three homers Tuesday, two by Michael Perri with the second being a grand slam to highlight an eight-run, sixth inning that put the game out of reach at 13-4.

"When you play 20 of 21 days we're thin on pitching," Colt 45s manager Greg Cadaret said. "Guys have to throw strikes or things will escalate and they did."

Perri's solo home run in the second got the scoring started. Defensive miscues led to three more runs for the Crabs in the fourth, highlighted by back-to-back RBI singles from Austin White and David Hamilton. Perri made it 6-0 in the fifth on an RBI double as part of his 6-RBI night.

"This is a little bit of a different ballclub than we've been playing," said Cadaret after the Colt 45s allowed a summer-high 16 runs. "These guys can swing the bats aggressively and when you get behind they can cheat a little bit."

Redding plated all four of its runs in the fifth as Jake Taylor scored on Ryan Torres-Torioka's bunt and Williams launched his sixth home run of the summer for a 3-run shot over the left field fence to cut it to 6-4.

"It's my approach, it's solid up there," Williams said. "I figured out what he likes to throw and match it to get my pitch."

The Crabs blew the game open in the sixth as the Colt 45s needed three pitchers to get through the inning. Jayson Newman roped a two-run double to center to end Lupton's night. Christian Straub awarded free bases to the next two batters before serving up a grand slam to Perri for a 13-4 advantage. Mason Cerrilo knocked in a run on a double to stretch the lead to 10.

Redding left nine men on base in the game, three of which came in the eighth when Ignacio Diaz struck out on an inside breaking ball.

Logan Denholm put the finishing touches on the game by lifting a two-run home run to left in the ninth to put Humboldt up 16-4.

The Colt 45s (14-7), who play 14 games across the next 15 days, closes the home series against the Crabs Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. at Tiger Field.

Humboldt 16, Redding 4

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W — Pfannenstein, L — Lupton (4-1)

Humboldt: Pfannenstein, Watland (6), Sweeney (8) and Denholm; Redding:Lupton, Straub (6), Fogle (6), Angelo (9) and Diaz.

Top Hitters — Humboldt: Perri 3x5 2B 2 HR 6 RBI 2 R, Cerrilo 2x4 2B RBI R, Outman 3x5 2B 2 R, Newman 2x4 2B 2 RBI R, Denholm 2x5 HR 2 RBI 3 R SB;Redding: Williams 1x4 HR 3 RBI, Torress-Torioka 1x3 RBI R SB, J. Taylor 1x3 2B R.

Strikeouts: Pfannenstein 3, Watland 1, Sweeney 2; Lupton 1, Straub 0, Fogle 2, Angelo 2.

Up Next

The Colt 45s (14-7) host the Crabs at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday and Zachary Morgan (1-0, 3.00) is the projected starter. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and kids under 12 are $2.

About T.J. Holmes

Sports reporter T.J. Holmes is a national award-winning journalist for the documentary he co-produced called “Enterprise’s Road to State.” He’s spent more than five years covering high school, college, professional and community sports in the North State, is active on social media sites Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and regularly produces content via blogs, stories, a prep notebook column, videos and more.

 

Area Roundup: Colt 45s drop series to Crabs with 11-5 loss

6/30/16 By Staff Reports, rssports@redding.com

REDDING — The Redding Colt 45s were swept in a two-game home series by the Humboldt Crabs after Wednesday night's 11-5 loss at Tiger Field.

Humboldt put up five runs across the first two innings and never trailed in both games against Redding.

The Colt 45s' Zachary Morgan of Simpson University took the loss to fall to 1-1 on the summer. He struck out two, walked four and allowed six runs, four earned, on six hits in 4.1 innings.

Humboldt's Junior Davis was the winning pitcher. He struck out seven, walked two and allowed two earned runs on four hits in six innings.

Redding's Jared Bertotti (Simpson) had the team's only multi-hit game by going 2 for 4 with a double and a run. Hunter Heath was 1 for 3 with a solo home run, Jonathan Alvares was 1 for 4 with a two-run home run, and Sean Sutton and Mickey Meinhofer each scored once.

James Outman was 4 for 5 with a double, an RBI and two runs for the Crabs. David Hamilton was 2 for 4 with a home run, a double and two RBIs; Logan Busch was 2 for 4 with a double an RBI; Brian Pozos and Nick Warren each hit a double.

Redding (14-7) hosts the Redding Tigers at 7:15 p.m. Friday at Tiger Field.

 

Crabs score four in the 13th inning to claim comeback win over San Diego Waves

By Danny Penza, Eureka Times-Standard

POSTED: 06/18/16, 12:35 AM PDT

ARCATA >> The Crabs’ four-hour tour Friday night certainly had its share of twists and turns.

And even as what easily turned into the longest game of the young season blew past 11 p.m., there was one more major turn to be had before the home stretch was upon those of the announced crowd of 605 were still attendance.

A night after defensive miscues came back to haunt them, the Crabs benefited from a pair of huge errors to plate four runs in the top of the 13th inning, as Humboldt rallied for a 10-6 win over the San Diego Waves in the West Coast Showcase on Friday night at the Arcata Ball Park.

“It was a good way to fight with it all night and come out of there with a W,” Crabs skipper Tyson Fisher said. “We made a couple of mistakes early, they made a couple of mistakes late and we were able to stick with it.”

The wild and crazy comeback might not have been in the same kind of fashion like what happened so many times in the month of June last summer, but it worked all the same.

Humboldt, which played as the visiting team Friday night, trailed by as many as three runs (5-2) entering the seventh inning.

Come the 13th, though, with the game tied at 6-6 for what had been four innings, things finally cracked.

Crabs shortstop Brian Pozos — who scored the game-tying run on a wild pitch about an hour and a half earlier in the top of the eighth — scampered in from third on the first of two 13th-inning errors to score to the go-ahead run.

After a walk to left fielder James Outman to load the bases, a trio of Crabs — Logan Busch, White and Outman — all scored as a Waves throw to second base on a double play attempt went flying into the outfield to clear the bases.

Crabs right-hander Reed Pfannenstein, the sixth pitcher used by Fisher in the game, allowed a leadoff single in the bottom of the 13th, but then closed the door to prevent Humboldt from losing its second straight game to open the West Coast Showcase.

“I think it would have been easy for our guys to cash it in at that point,” Fisher said in regard to being down three runs heading to the seventh inning. “But the guys didn’t quit, they didn’t waste any at-bats and they kept us in the ballgame to give us an opportunity.

“This is a tough part of our schedule, we’re in a tough three-week stretch, and I’m glad to see the guys give a lot of effort.”

With all the late-night happenings as the clock approached midnight, four hours earlier it was actually the Crabs who jumped out to a 2-0 lead when first baseman Jayson Newman hit a two-run double down the right field line.

The Waves, however, responded to score five unanswered runs to take the aforementioned 5-2 lead.

The top of the San Diego lineup, leadoff man Nathan Ruane and second baseman Josh Ethier, drove in four of those runs, three of which came against Humboldt starting pitcher Jason Alexander.

Alexander, who dazzled the Arcata Ball Park crowd in his first two starts of the summer, had to grind his way through five innings Friday night. After walking just one batter in his first two starts, Alexander walked two within the first four batters he faced and hit a pair of batters as he picked up the no decision.

The right-hander from Menlo College allowed four runs — three earned — and six hits while striking out five.

The Crabs’ bullpen, which has been strong from opening day on, pitched nearly a full game on its own, with five relievers — Justin Watland, Kevin Calderwood, Jacob Gomez, Zach Stone and Pfannenstein — combining to throw eight innings against the Waves.

In total, the Humboldt bullpen allowed two runs and six hits while striking out six and walking three in its eight innings of work.

“Obviously Alexander wasn’t what he has been in his first couple of starts, but the pitching staff was good overall,” Fisher said. “Each guy that was called on was really good. That was the main thing from (Thursday to Friday night) — we were fairly effective in the strike zone. These teams are fully capable of hitting, and we need to be able to pitch.”

Newman — who had a big night at the plate, going 3 for 7 with three RBIs — made it 5-3 with an infield single to score White, who was pinch-running for right fielder Mason Cerrillo. Third baseman Newt Johnson cut it to a one-run game at 5-4 on a sacrifice fly to deep center field.

The Waves pushed it back to a two-run lead at 6-4 after a single by catcher Colby Hamilton. But that was short-lived, though, as the Crabs finally pulled even with the visitors from Southern California in the top of the eighth.

Second baseman Ryan Reynolds, one of the two talented University of Texas commits who just joined the Crabs’ roster, collected his first hit of the summer in big-time fashion, hitting a solo home run that was well up the netting in right field to cut the deficit to 6-5.

Pozos, who reached base via a single moments after Reynolds’ home run, tied the game when he scored on a wild pitch by Waves relief pitcher Isaiah Moten.

“That was huge,” Fisher said of Reynolds’ home run. “He put a pretty good swing on the baseball. He’s extremely talented, has a lot of juice, and that was the kind of swing that gave us confidence in our dugout and the momentum we needed.”

The Crabs (6-4 overall), who are now 1-1 in the tournament thanks to Friday night’s win, will face the Neptune Beach Pearl this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in the second of a three-game schedule on Saturday. The Pearl picked up a 5-0 win over the Studs in Friday’s first game, as former Crabs left-hander Dillon Houser tossed eight shutout innings to pick up the win.

“We might not be 100 percent, but we’ve got to find a way to fight through it,” Fisher said in regard to the quick turnaround. “I think the main thing is that guys need to know they need to be ready to go. It was a good win (Friday night) and hopefully the momentum stays with us.”

Contact Danny Penza evenings at 707-441-0528, sports@times-standard.com

West Coast Showcase Round Robin Tournament featuring: The Humboldt Crabs, 2015 NBC World Series Champions the Seattle Cheney Studs, San Diego Wave and the 2015 CCL Champions, the Neptune Beach Pearl at the Arcata ballpark.

Day One: Thursday, June 16
Crabs vs. Studs @ 7pm

Day Two: Friday, June 17
Game 1: Pearl vs Studs @ 3pm
Game 2: Waves vs Crabs @ 7pm

Day Three: Saturday, June 18 (Limited parking available on this day, so get to Arcata early)
Game 1: Pearl vs Waves @ 10:30am
Game 2: Crabs vs Pearl @ 2:30pm
Game 3: Studs vs Wave @ 6:30pm

Day Four: Sunday, June 19 (Father's Day/KHUM giveaway)
Game 1: TBD vs TBD @ 10am
Game 2: Crabs vs TBD @ 2pm
Game 3: Championship Game @ 6pm

Confident Crabs set to play the Studs

By Danny Penza, Eureka Times-Standard
June 16, 2016

ARCATA — Through their eight games of the season, the new-look Humboldt Crabs roster has gotten a taste of what summer baseball is like here on the North Coast.

In the words of former WWE announcer Jim Ross, business is about to pick up.

The first-ever West Coast Showcase is here. With it comes a loaded four-team field that includes some of the toughest competition the Crabs will see all summer. Humboldt, fresh off a second straight weekend series win to begin the year, opens up the tournament against the Seattle Studs tonight, with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Arcata Ball Park.

“There were some growing pains coming into the season,” Crabs leadoff hitter and center fielder Austin White said. “Obviously, most of us have never really played together as a team, so I think kind of getting a feel for what are our strengths, where we can really impact the game as a team. We’re coming into stride with that, and I think it’s going to be a fun weekend with some challenges.” The Crabs will face the San Diego Waves at 7 p.m. on Friday night before a 2:30 p.m. matinee against the Neptune Beach Pearl on Saturday afternoon. Championship Sunday will see games at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., with the tournament’s championship game set for 6 p.m.

Hoopa Valley native Junior Davis will be on the hill for the Crabs against the Studs, historically one of the best teams Humboldt will face each season. The usual weekend rotation of Jason Alexander, Aaron Herr and Ryan Sullivan will likely follow for the first three weekend games.

Davis threw six innings of one-hit ball in his first start of the summer last Wednesday night against the San Leandro Ports.

“I really like our pitching, and I think our pitching has come a long way,” Crabs catcher Nick Warren said. “A lot of guys throwing strikes, being aggressive in the zone and it’s fun back there working with them — especially knowing that they’re going to go out there and give us their best.”

After a tough loss late in the game on Saturday night, the Crabs were able to bounce back and get a 5-0 win to take the weekend series against the California Expos.

And while their pitching continued its impressive start to the season, the Humboldt offense made its presence be known last weekend.

The Crabs recorded double-digit hit totals in two of the three games against the Expos. Unsurprisingly, with the way the likes of Alexander and Sullivan were throwing, that proved to be the perfect recipe for success.
“Our offense is coming alive,” Warren said. “I know we had a couple games at the beginning where we were struggling a little bit, but I feel like we’ve been a lot more consistent lately, starting to swing it a lot better.”

Added White: “I think we’re just working at-bats a whole lot better and getting into hitter-positive counts. I think guys are coming up to the plate with a lot more confidence and just figuring it out.”

A sign of the kind of competition that’s rolling into Arcata this weekend: The Studs, Pearl and Waves went a combined 122-41 last summer.

The Studs captured the National Baseball Congress World Series title for the second time in the past three seasons in 2015, while the Pearl won the California Collegiate League championship a summer ago.

“I think that we’ve definitely got some things that we need to tighten up,” Crabs third-year skipper Tyson Fisher said. “We talked a little bit (Sunday) about defense and the importance of not allowing free 90s in terms of letting runs in. Right now, our pitching staff’s ratio of runs to earned runs allowed is not very good — which is a reflection of our defense.

“I think that the guys understand that, and it’s an opportunity for the guys to work, get more reps and they answer the call. It’s going to be different from game to game, but it’s just about stick with the plan, sticking with the process.”

The level of play is definitely picking up without a doubt.

And starting the tournament off on the right foot could pay massive dividends for the rest of the weekend.

“It is our tournament, it’s on our field,” White began, “so (doing well against the Studs) would definitely set the tone for us, most importantly, but also for the other guys coming in that we are for real.”

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The one that got away

Kevin Wyart
Humboldt Crabs Baseball
June 11, 2016

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.

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Solid offense backs Alexander

by Kevin Wyart
Humboldt Crabs
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.

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Davis Enjoys Home Cooking

by Kevin Wyart
Humboldt Crabs Baseball
June 8, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Too Many Errors

by Kevin Wyart
Humboldt Crabs Baseball
June 7, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sliders' Carr quiets Crabs bats

by Kevin Wyart
Humboldt Crabs
June 5, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday Night Hit Parade

By Kevin Wyart
Humbolt Crabs Baseball
June 4, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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