Archived news by year: 2010

Crabs Schedule Out, Tickets (And More) On Sale

It is officially less than six months until the 2011 edition of the Humboldt Crabs hits the diamond, and the team has just unveiled its schedule for the upcoming year.

The Crabs' 67th season begins with the annual opening dinner on Friday, June 3, and the on-field action begins the next day with a day-night doubleheader against the traditional opening day rival Fairfield Indians.

The first of two games against the local rival Steelheads is Wednesday, June 8th, and that is followed by the Crabs first series in Far West League play against Fontanetti's Athletics.

The team will hit the road twice in 2011, first taking a six-game trip to Chico and Medford to play the NorCal Pirates and Southern Oregon RiverDawgs, respectively from July 13-16, then travelling to Redding for a three-game set against the Redding Colt .45s

The weekend after that, the Crabs will play host to the inaugural Far West League Playoff Tournament. More details about the tournament will be forthcoming. The full 2011 schedule is available on

Season tickets for 2011 are on sale now at Ray's Food Place in McKinleyville, Arcata, Eureka and Fortuna, as well as Solo Sports in Arcata, the Eureka and Arcata chambers of commerce and both Big Pete's Pizzeria locations. Ten-ticket strips will also be available. For more information or an printable ticket order form, visit

The Crabs will also be selling tickets and merchandise at Arcata Main Street's office in the Jacoby Storehouse during Arts! Arcata on Friday, December 10 from 6-9 p.m. Crabs gear and tickets make great gifts so come on down and say hi!

Steelheads looking for a coach

The Humboldt Steelheads are searching for the right applicant to fill the position of Manager/Head Coach for the 2011 season. The Manager/Head Coach position is a paid part-time management position created by the Board of Directors of Humboldt Crabs, Inc. The Manager/Head Coach serves at the direction of the Crabs Board of Directors and provides over-all leadership to the Humboldt Steelheads baseball program and represents the values and mission of the Humboldt Crabs organization and the mission of the Steelheads program.

It is expected that the Manager/Head Coach will maintain a positive stature both on and off the field, during and between seasons of competitive play so that the community in general, recruited players, collegiate coaches, summer collegiate baseball team opponents will continue to see the Humboldt Crabs Steelhead’s program as a positive and important part of baseball in Humboldt County, with a strong focus on developing young local talent.

The Manager/Head Coach, in coordination with the Humboldt Crabs Board of Directors, will be responsible for all on- and off-field aspects of Steelheads program, including, but not limited to, the following: local player recruitment, scheduling, positive player relations and game management, Humboldt County community and media involvement, coordination with opposing teams/leagues, and for maintaining a positive relationship with the Humboldt Crabs and Board of Directors.

In order to maintain the highest standards of the Humboldt Crabs and the Steelhead program, we will give preference to applicants with collegiate and/or professional playing and/or coaching experience, knowledge and experience in Humboldt County, and good interpersonal skills. Compensation will be determined based on experience and within a range set by the Humboldt Crabs Board of Directors.

Interested applicants please email a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Dan Duke, Humboldt Crabs Baseball at All applications must be received by Monday, December 6, 2010.



Announcing the Far West League

In a move that could shape the West Coast summer collegiate baseball landscape for decades to come, the WCL Tri-State and the Pacific West Baseball League have announced that they are merging, beginning in 2011.

The new Far West League, as it will be called, will include 11 teams competing in two divisions, the North and the South.

The six-team North Division will include three of the teams that were in WCL Tri-State — originally co-sponsored by the West Coast League — including the Humboldt Crabs, Redding Colt .45s and the Southern Oregon RiverDawgs. Joining them are the PWBL's California Seals and newcomers the NorCal Pirates and the Reno Aces.

Three other former PWBL teams — the California Glory, Atwater Aviators and Fresno Cardinals — will join Fontanetti's Athletics and the Neptune Beach Pearl in the South Division.

The new league's goal is a lofty but worthy one.

"The WCL Tri-State and the PWBL are joining forces to form a highly competitive league," said volunteer commissioner and Crabs boardmember Roger Lorenzetti, "and to continue to attract the very best collegiate players."

Steven Cannady of the Athletics echoed that sentiment.

"I believe the Far West League will be the premier all-colligiate league on the West Coast," he said, "and will be comparable on the national scene to the Cape Cod league, Northwoods League, and Alaska League within the first 2-3 years of operation. Our goal is to be the best All-Collegiate baseball league in the country."

Each team will play three league games against every other team — regardless of division — for a total of 24 league games per team. At the end of the league season, the top eight teams will compete in a round-robin tournament to determine the league champion. Most teams in the new Far West League are done or nearly done with their 2011 playing schedule.

The venue for the tournament will rotate from year to year, with Humboldt hosting the inaugural event on August 4, 5, 6 and 7. League play across the Far West League will get under way the weekend of June 10 - 11- 12.

Season 66 is in the Books

ARCATA (Aug. 8, 2010) — Well, it's official: time flies when you're having fun.

The Humboldt Crabs survived a late rally by the Humboldt Steelheads to win 5-4 at the Arcata Ball Park on Sunday, marking the end of a highly successful season that seemed to whizz by.

How successful, you may ask? Of all Crabs teams to play more than 50 games, this team's 43-9 record ranks fifth in team history. They ended the campaign on a 10-game winning streak, accomplishing the goal manager Matt Nutter had issued to keep the losses to single digits after a three-game slide in mid-July left them at 33-9.

Coming off a thrilling victory in the WCL Tri-State Tournament title game on Saturday, Sunday's affair had almost a festival air to it. Home run derby (Todd Eagle won it), half-priced concessions, banner presentations, awards, kids running the bases, and of course, great baseball.

Thanks largely to the work of starter David Popkins, the Crabs were cruising along with a 5-1 lead heading into the eighth, but three-time former Crabs MVP Jeff Giacomini uncorked a bases-clearing double with two outs and it was suddenly 5-4. But Derrick Dingeman once again came in and preserved the 43rd and final victory of the 2010 Crabs season.

After the game, the traditional postseason awards were handed out. Popkins was named the team MVP for his accomplishments both on offense and on the mound; Andrew Ayers and Garrett Yrigoyen (#GarrettYrigoyen) were named best offensive and defensive players, respectively; and Bryson Rahier was honored with the Kevin Morsching "coach's award."

The Steelheads also gave out some postseason hardware. Spencer Duggan received MVP honors; Giacomini was the top offensive player; Kevin Ayers was the best defensive player; and Justin Yslas received both top pitcher and coach's award.

Thanks to all the fans who came out to make Season 66 one of the best yet!

Crabs Claim WCL Tri-State Title

ARCATA (Aug. 7, 2010) — If you could write the script to a Saturday afternoon at the ballpark, this might be how you'd write it.

On a beautiful warm sunny day before a raucous crowd at the Arcata Ball Park, the Humboldt Crabs broke a scoreless tie in the ninth inning to beat the Redding Colt .45s 1-0 on Saturday to claim the inaugural WCL Tri-State Tournament championship.

David Popkins got the hit that finally broke the seal, poking a single past first base to drive in Ryan Barnes from third base. Barnes had walked to lead off the top of the ninth (the Crabs were the "visiting" team in the game) and advanced to third when Redding first baseman's Aarason Perry threw the ball down the line on a sacrifice bunt by Scott Heylman. Popkins, hitting from the left side, got just enough wood on the ball to squeeze it between Perry and first base, eliciting a huge roar from the crowd that hadn't had much to cheer about for the first eight innings.

That was because Redding starter Brandon Andrieni dominated the Crabs for most of the afternoon. He only allowed one hit over the first seven innings. But Crabs starter John Austin and reliever Jesse Moore matched him zero for zero — with the help of some great defense, most notably a major-league caliber play from Heylman at shortstop in the fifth. Heylman ranged far into the hole to snag a grounder from Andrew Trepel and all in one motion leapt and threw across his body to first, ending the inning and leaving two Colt .45s stranded.

Sidewinder Derrick Dingeman came on in the ninth with the task of locking down the championship. Andrew Lassen hit a one-out single, but Dingeman induced pinch-hitter Matt Alton to ground into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play.

The Crabs celebrated by spraying "Champagne" (Cook's sparkling cider) around on the field, and Crabs boardmember Randy "Banana Man" Robertson presented the team with a well-earned championship banner.

Crabs Top Folsom, Face Colts For Title

ARCATA (Aug. 6, 2010) — Bring on the Colt .45s.

Chris DeBoo threw eight strong innings and David Popkins hammered a two-run homer onto the freeway as the Humboldt Crabs downed the Folsom Pioneers 4-1 on Friday, setting up a showdown between a pair of 2-0 teams for the WCL Tri-State tournament championship on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

The Crabs got on board first, when Craig Smith tripled to lead off the bottom of the third and then scored on a groundout by Andrew Ayers. They might have scored in the second inning, but two different Crabs were thrown out trying to stretch doubles into triples.

Folsom quickly tied it up in the top of the fourth, only to see the Crabs jump right back on top in the bottom of the frame. Garrett Yrigoyen (#GarrettYrigoyen) singled, then scored when Justin Lamb rocketed a double to the 394-foot sign in left-center.

Popkins gave the Crabs some breathing room an inning later when, with Ayers on first after a walk, he turned on a pitch from Robert Wendzicki and deposited it onto Highway 101.

DeBoo improved to 6-0 with the win, and Tommy Gale pitched the ninth for his first save of the year.

Earlier in the day, the Redding Colt .45s topped the Southern Oregon RiverDawgs 7-5, meaning both Redding and the Crabs are undefeated heading into their matchup on Saturday, a winner-take-all affair to decide who gets to call themselves champions.

Crabs Top Dawgs on Tourney's First Day

ARCATA (Aug. 5, 2010) — It turns out patience is a virtue on the baseball diamond too.

After being stymied by Southern Oregon starter Jon Flinn through seven innings, the Crabs finally broke through against reliever Tiger Sorensen with five runs in the eighth to beat the RiverDawgs 6-2 on the first day of the WCL Tri-State tournament.

The top-seeded Crabs, who won the league regular season crown with a 20-4 record, trailed 2-1 late, mustering only one run on a bases-loaded walk against Flinn. But the floodgates opened in the eighth.

Two walks, an infield hit and an error allowed the Crabs to tie the game, then Jeff "Freeway Ball" Johnson laced a two-run single to put the home team ahead for good. When the dust cleared, Humboldt had a four-run lead, and the ’Dawgs' ninth-inning rally was killed when Derrick Dingeman picked off a runner at first to end the game.

Chris Johnson pitched two innings to the win in relief of starter Alex Capaul, who went six innings and allowed two runs on six hits.

Earlier in the day, Redding defeated Folsom 4-2 in the tournament opener. On Friday, Redding takes on Southern Oregon at 2 p.m., followed by the Crabs and Folsom at 7 p.m.

Crabs Sweep Horns, Look to Tourney

Humboldt scores two close victories, then wins a laugher to close out the league season. The WCL Tri-State Playoffs begin with two games on Thursday.

The Crabs scored eight times in the top of the seventh inning Sunday afternoon on the way to securing a weekend sweep of the Nevada Bighorns with a 14-2 win. The sweep was the second of the summer over the Bighorns and improves the Crabs to 39-9 on the season, including closing out regular season league play at 20-4.

Chris Johnson pitched six solid innings for the win, his third of the summer, while at the plate the Crabs offense racked up 12 hits, paced by a 3-for-5 effort by Craig Smith. Smith, who doubled, also drove in three of the team's runs. Also making plenty of the noise at the plate Sunday were David Popkins (2-for-5), Justin Lamb (2-for-4, RBI) and Tommy Gale (1-for-1 with a double and three RBIs).

On Friday night, the Crabs opened the series with a come-from-behind 4-3 win and followed that with a 6-3 victory Saturday. A couple of local standouts came up big for the Crabs in the weekend wins, with Andrew Ayers finishing with a pair of hits on both Friday and Saturday and Zack O'Hanen pitching eight strong innings for his first win of the summer Saturday.

Next up for the Crabs is the WCL Tri-State League Playoffs, scheduled for the Arcata Ballpark for Thursday through Saturday. The full schedule can be found here. The Crabs close out the season against the Humboldt Steelheads in a single game next Sunday.

WCL Tri-State Playoff Schedule Announced

Now that we've got the regular season out of the way, it's time to get down to business.

The inaugural WCL Tri-State Postseason Tournament gets underway Thursday at the Arcata Ball Park. The tournament will be round-robin format, with two games each day. Game 1 will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday between the Redding Colt .45s and the Folsom Pioneers. Game 2 between the Humboldt Crabs and Southern Oregon RiverDawgs follows at 7 p.m. The full schedule is below.

Tournament passes are available at the Crabs box office. An adult pass is $30, seniors and students are $20 and kids are $10. Individual game tickets will be the same price as regular season tickets, and 2010 season passes will also be honored.

Elimination games will take place on Friday, and the champion will be crowned Saturday. The Crabs then wrap up their 2010 season with a final game against the Steelheads Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

Tournament Schedule:

Thursday, Aug. 5

  • 2 p.m. — Redding vs. Folsom
  • 7 p.m. — Southern Oregon vs. Crabs

Friday, Aug. 6

  • 2 p.m. — Southern Oregon vs. Redding
  • 7 p.m. — Folsom vs. Crabs

Satuday, Aug. 7*

  • 12:30 p.m. — Crabs vs. Redding
  • 4 p.m. — Folsom vs. Southern Oregon

2010 Season Winding Down

Photo Caption: Garrett Yrigoyen #33 (#GarrettYrigoyen)

The 66th season of Humboldt Crabs Baseball has flown by, and now there's only a week left. But it will be an action-packed week.

Time is fast running out on the 2010 Crabs season with just a handful of opportunities remaining to see this year's team in action.

This weekend, the Crabs take on the Nevada Bighorns in a three-game league series, before closing out the summer with the WCL Tri-State League playoffs and a single game against the Humboldt Steelheads next week.

And that means there isn't much time left to take in a game at the Arcata Ballpark.

Heading into this weekend's series, the Crabs are 36-9 on the summer, including 17-4 in conference play. And that mark is good enough to have already secured the regular season league championship no matter what happens this weekend.

Next week, however, will offer a different challenge for the Crabs, who will be looking to add the playoff tournament championship when the three-day double-elimination tourney begins Thursday. The schedule will be released Sunday, Aug. 1.

The Bighorns, meanwhile, will be looking for a measure of revenge this weekend after dropping three games to the Crabs by a combined score of 23-3 earlier in the season.

The Crabs' season finale is scheduled for next weekend when the Crabs take on the Humboldt Steelheads for the fourth time this summer in a Sunday afternoon showdown.