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The Crabs will be at the Crab Crawl Festival

Eureka Main Street and the Crabs are happy to announce ...

Eureka Crab Crawl Festival
February 6, 2015 – February 7, 2015

Eureka Main Street is excited to announce the Eureka Crab Crawl Festival, a new, major 2-day festival to be held in Downtown and Old Town Eureka, celebrating Dungeness Crab and the North Coast seafood industry during the height of crab season. The Humboldt Crabs will be there, will you?

Find the Humboldt Crabs booth at the C Street pier. We'll be selling Crabs gear, passes and season tickets. Turn in your sponsorship papers too and receive 10-free tickets to any game! Go to the Support the Crabs page on this website for more information on how you can partner with us.

Event Schedule:

Friday, February 6, 2015; 5-9pm
Crab Crawl throughout Downtown and Old Town Eureka to bars and restaurants serving crab-themed drink and food specials

Saturday, February 7, 2015; 11-4pm
Festival at the C Street Market Square featuring food, beer/wine garden, entertainment, crab education and activities

We encourage you to join in the fun by becoming a sponsor, enlisting your business as part of the Crab Crawl, participating as a vendor at the festival. Let's get crackin'! Download vendor forms here.

Contact Eureka Main Street
525 SECOND STREET. SUITE 105
EUREKA, CA 95501
Phone: 707-442-9054, Fax: 707-442-9154    

YOU CAN FIND CRABS GEAR AT:

• The Eureka Chamber of Commerce office at 2112 Broadway, Eureka, CA 95501. Phone (707) 442-3738 or email linda@eurekachamber.com. They will ship to you!

• Or find Crabs gear at the Arcata Chamber office at 1635 Heindon Road, Arcata CA 95521. Phone (707) 822-3619 or email arcata@arcatachamber.com. 

JOIN OUR TEAM! To see an overview of all the options to partner with the Crabs, shoot us an email to info@humboldtcrabs.com or visit the SUPPORT THE CRABS page.

Postseason Hardware - Goodrich is the MVP

By Erik Fraser/Humboldt Crabs

ARCATA (Aug. 3, 2014) — As has become the tradition at the end of every season, the Crabs handed out some postseason hardware after Sunday’s finale, and the most prestigious piece of hardware went to Trent Goodrich, the second-year Crabs shortstop who was named the team’s 2014 Most Valuable Player.

Goodrich led the Crabs with 61 hits and 31 runs, and would have won the team’s Ironman Award too, if there was one, as he was the only player to appear in all 49 games. And after a bit of a slow start, he soon became a rock at one of the key positions on the field.

A few minutes before behind handed the MVP trophy, Goodrich had given the crowd one last show, an exclamation point on a terrific season. With a runner on an no outs in the ninth, Goodrich dove to his left to snag a sharp grounder, got to his knees and tossed the ball to Brandon Hunley, who wheeled and completed a SportsCenter-worthy double play. One out later the season was over.

“It’s been awesome,” said Goodrich. “Out here there’s a bunch of fans who are really pulling for you and just playing out here. It’s something special to be in a place like Arcata that really loves the team that’s out there on the field. It’s awesome that I can make them cheer, make plays and that they’re behind me.”

The Offensive Player of the Year award was given to Alex Crosby. The big first baseman hit .326 with 13 doubles and 31 RBIs, good for second best on the team.

The Pitcher of the Year was an easy choice. It went to the team’s Friday night anchor, Andrew Nelson. He went 9-0, and the only time he didn’t earn the ‘W’, the team still did, going 10-0 in his starts. He sported a 1.36 ERA over 66 innings, 25 more than any other pitcher.

The Kevin Morsching/Scott Heinig Memorial Coaches Award was shared by Hunley and Brian Bynum. Hunley, playing opposite Goodrich in the middle infield, and Bynum, who came in as a pitcher but transformed midseason into the starting right fielder, both impressed the coaches with their perseverance and performance throughout the season.

• Watch Sunday night's Crabs Cornerclick here.

• Read up on all the Crabs games from the daily newspaper in town, the Times-Standard.

• View all our photos from the weekend our Facebook page.

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Going Out With a Bang

by Erik Fraser/Humboldt Crabs

ARCATA (Aug. 3, 2014) — The “Going Out With a Bang” slogan the Crabs used in the last week of the 2014 season was a literal reference to Saturday night’s postgame fireworks show, but it could also be a metaphor for how they finished the season on the field.

Over the final week of the 70th season of Crabs Baseball, the hometown Crustaceans put on quite the pyrotechnics display, outscoring their opponents 33-3 over the five games to finish 34-15 in Manager Tyson Fisher’s first season at the helm.

“We couldn’t have ended it any better,” said Fisher. “We finished out the weekend the way that we wanted to, getting the brooms out. That last week we were playing really good baseball….Pitchers were outstanding again, and our hitters got some big time hits in some big time spots. It was a good way to go out.”

One of the stars in the final week was leadoff hitter Beau Bozett. As leadoff hitters are supposed to be, Bozett was the spark plug for the offense all week long. He hit .545 (12-for-22) over the last five games, with three doubles, a triple, and his first home run of the year in the 49th and final game.

Having already scored the initial run of the game on a Trent Goodrich single in the first, Bozett came to the plate with two on and two out in the second. He clubbed a ball to left-center that sailed over the 343 sign and onto the newly-repaved freeway for a three-run shot to send the Crabs on their way to a 7-0 season-ending victory.

The way the pitchers were throwing, Bozett’s offense alone might have been enough. Stingy is probably not a strong enough adjective to describe the performances by every Crab who took the mound over the final week.

On Tuesday against the Valley Bears — a last-minute substitution after the Santa Rosa Rose Buds were forced to cancel — Dillon Houser and Michael Westra combined for a shutout in a 9-0 Crabs win. The next day, Zach Settles and Adam Wozniak were nearly as good in a 9-1 victory.

Friday was, as it has been all season, the Andrew Nelson Show. He finished off his perfect season by shutting down the Novato Knicks, allowing one run on three hits over seven innings. Fellow Humboldt native Zach Stone threw two innings of no-hit relief to make Morgan McCasland’s three-run homer stand up in a 3-1 win.

On Saturday, the combo of Justin Hatch, Mack Meyer and JD Doran again held the Knicks to a single run as the Crabs cruised to a 5-1 win. Then in Sunday’s finale, Jake Shull threw five dominant innings of one-hit ball before yielding to Casey Rodriguez and Johnny Melero to close out the season in style.

“I had a lot of fun with this group,” said Fisher. “We had some ups and downs, but I haven’t been on a team before where there’s not been ups and downs. That’s how it always is. I learned a few things, and hopefully next year’s going to be bigger and better.”

A Missed Opportunity

The Crabs had a chance to sweep the Redding Colt 45s and win the season series in the Highway 299 rivalry, but couldn't come up with the clutch hit.

by Erik Fraser/Humboldt Crabs

Perhaps the Crabs should have known that it wouldn’t be their day on Sunday when the first Redding Colt 45s batter of the game promptly tripled off the wall and scored on a sacrifice fly, all while wearing a green plastic Hawaiian skirt.

Zak Kutsulis was just trying to get into the spirit of Hawaiian Day at the Arcata Ball Park, and even took the thing off briefly at third base before being prompted but the crowd to put it back on, but the whole odd sight had to be some sort of omen that the baseball gods were on Redding’s side.

How else can you explain Ansel Cecil’s failed attempt to steal home, ending a rally, or Morgan McCasland coming in to pinch hit with the bases loaded, only to hit a 20-foot check swing roller?

The latter scenario came in the seventh inning of a 1-1 game, and the Crabs’ failure to convert immediately proved costly, as Redding took advantage of an error to score twice in the top of the eighth and take the lead for good, winning the finale of the teams’ three-game series 3-1 and spoiling a solid outing by Crabs starter Zach Stone.

“It’s kind of been the tale of the story for Stone,” said manager Tyson Fisher, a somewhat frustrated tone in his voice. “He hasn’t gotten much help in his Sunday starts, and it’s really too bad. It’s a wasted effort from the pitching staff’s side. Our hitters have to be better and we need to be better defensively.”

The Crabs had a chance to sweep the Colt 45s after getting swept themselves by the Pacific Union Financial Capitalists, or PufCaps earlier in the week. A sweep would have given Humboldt a 4-2 victory in the season series of the Highway 299 rivalry, but they came up a clutch hit or two short, something that has burned the team on a few too many occasions this season, and had to settle for a split.

“We played really well Friday and Saturday, so to have the negative ending to the weekend and this week, that’s the frustrating part,” said Fisher.

Friday and Saturday had gone so well, in fact, that the sour taste of being swept by the PufCaps had quickly been forgotten. On Friday, staff ace Andrew Nelson was his usual suffocating self. He shut the Colt 45s down for seven innings to earn his seventh win of the season as the Crabs cruised 4-0.

The Crabs scored all four of their runs in the second, and Trent Goodrich provided the big blow. With the bases loaded and a run already in, Goodrich smacked a ball that curled away from center fielder Kutsulis and into the right field gap. The ball rolled to the wall and all three runners scored.

On Saturday, the Crabs overcame some early errors to run away with a 9-2 win. Redding led 2-1 after four innings, but Humboldt erupted for eight runs over the final four innings, starting as baseball rallies often seem to do, with a bloop double that found space down the right-field line by Brandon Hunley in the fifth.

As it has done all year, the bullpen locked the Colt 45s down after taking over for Jake Shull in the sixth. Casey Rodriguez and Zach Williams each threw two scoreless innings to seal it.

But with a chance to build a three-game winning streak heading into the final week of the season, the Crabs fizzled in the afternoon sun.

“We had opportunities to shut them down today, and really take the wind away from their sails, and we just flat out didn’t do it,” said Fisher. “We had terrible at-bats with runners in scoring position, and it’s frustrating.”

The Crabs will close things out with a midweek two-game series against Valley Bears and then a three-gamer against the Novato Knicks this weekend. The Bears, who came up for a single game earlier in the season, are a last-minute replacement for the Santa Rosa Rose Buds, who had to cancel. Saturday night the team will put an explosive cap on the season with a postgame fireworks show.

• Watch Sunday night's Crabs Corner, click here.

• Read up on all the Crabs games from the daily newspaper in town, the Times-Standard.

• Read Nate Abaureea's article from the Redding Searchlight.

• View all our photos from the weekend our Facebook page.

• Each week we'll have a new player supplement inside the Crabs program for sale at the ball park with scorecards, new player photos, special events, social media info and a week wrap up story by Erik Fraser. There is also a Crabs Kid's program available that comes with crayons for your little crabbie.

Crabs Stay Hot With 4-1 Week

Morgan McCasland is mobbed by teammates after his inside-the-park not-home run on Friday against the Walnut Creek Crawdads.

A 2-1, 14-inning loss was the only blemish as Humboldt improved to 27-11

by Erik Fraser/Humboldt Crabs

ARCATA (July 20, 2014) — The chilly evening air at the Arcata Ball Park did nothing to cool off the Crabs last week. The team posted a 4-1 record against the San Mateo Rounders and Walnut Creek Crawdads, and their only loss came in a game that was scoreless through 13 innings.

Crabs manager Tyson Fisher was quick to praise his pitching staff, which allowed just seven runs in the five games.

“Our pitchers have been great all series, all year really,” he said. “I don’t know what our team ERA is but I know it’s under three (it’s 2.34). The performances we got all weekend were great. We’ve been really good out of the bullpen all year, and this weekend we were good from the starting roles all the way to the closer role.”

The best pitching performance of the week was that of the starter in the only game the Crabs lost - Jake Shull. Shull simply overpowered the Crawdads’ lineup, retiring the first nine batters he faced, and carrying a no-hitter into the seventh in a game that was zipping along.

But he was matched zero for zero on the scoreboard by Walnut Creek’s 6’ 5” right-hander Taylor Wright, who pitched into the ninth. Both bullpens continued the theme as the game stretched into extra frames, but not for lack of scoring chances, at least for the Crabs.

Morgan McCasland doubled deep to left-center with one out in the ninth, but was left there. In the 10th, the Crabs put runners on second and third with one out, but two grounders to second failed to produce the winning run.

Beau Bozett nearly won it in the 12th, laying a bunt down on the third base line with a man on third and two outs, but Crawdads third baseman Joey Lewis made fine play to pick up the ball and fire the ball to first just ahead of Bozett’s foot.

It was Lewis who finally broke the seal in the top of the 14th, knocking in two Crawdads when Bozett couldn’t quite make the play on his bases-loaded liner to right. The Crabs would get one back in the bottom of the inning, but a potential game-tying run never got past second base.

The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Crabs, and one might have wondered if it would be tough to rebound after falling in a marathon like that. But the Crabs showed no signs of a hangover, rebounding to take the final game of the series 6-1.

“We played 14 innings, but it’s not like the game time was that much longer,” said Fisher. “We still got out of here by 11 I think, so it was just a quick game that went an extra long time. You always kind of worry a little bit about how guys will respond after a tough loss like that, but our guys have bounced back all year long after tough losses.”

Alex Crosby, whose double keyed a four-run seventh on Sunday to put what Fisher called “the nail in the coffin” of what had been a one-run game, said the team knew what kind of mindset would be needed on Sunday.

“Don’t act tired the next day,” he said. “We had to come out prepared, ready. We needed the win and we got it.”

In the opener against the Crawdads, Andrew Nelson added to his team-leading wins total, improving to 7-0 with six solid innings in a 7-3 Crabs win. Kyle Moses and McCasland provided the spark on offense, Moses with a  three-run double in the fourth, and McCasland with an inside-the-park home ru—er, triple-and-and-error-that-allowed-him-to-score in the second that rattled around against the fence by the “394” sign.

The series win gave the Crabs a measure of revenge against one of the teams that had beaten them when the team was on their road trip, and they’ll get a chance at more this weekend. After a three-game midweek set against the Pacific Union Capitalists that includes the only doubleheader on this year’s schedule on Wednesday, the Crabs will welcome their rivals from over Highway 299, the Redding Colt .45s. The .45s took two of three when the teams squared off in the Redding heat, and Crosby, for one, is ready for payback.

“We owe it to those guys to put it to ’em and sweep ’em,” he said.

• Watch Crabs Corner every Sunday at 6pm on KIEM News Ch. 3  Sports.

• Read up on all the Crabs games from the daily newspaper in town, the Times-Standard.

• View all our photos from the weekend our Facebook page.

• Each week we'll have a new player supplement inside the Crabs program for sale at the ball park with scorecards, new player photos, special events, social media info and a week wrap up story by Erik Fraser. There is also a Crabs Kid's program available that comes with crayons for your little crabbie.

Finding Their Groove

Brandon Hunley hit one of his team's three home runs on Sunday as the Crabs swept the Menlo Park Legends and improved to 23-10

Crabs take three from Menlo Park Legends
by Erik Fraser/Humboldt Crabs

ARCATA (July 13, 2014) — In the first two games of their series against the Menlo Park Legends, the Crabs needed eighth-inning rallies to pull out narrow victories. Figuring they couldn’t count on being able to score four runs in the eighth every time out, the Crabs took a novel approach in Sunday’s series finale - getting ahead early and staying there.

Brandon Hunley, Brent Gillespie and Taylor Tempel homered to power the offense, and Zach Stone threw seven shutout innings as the Crabs beat the Legends 7-1 to complete the sweep after Friday and Saturday’s come-from-behind wins by scores of 8-6 and 5-4 respectively.

“It was good to get the sweep,” said Manager Tyson Fisher. “We scored some runs, and Stone was pretty good on the mound. Seven innings, no runs, I think he gave up three hits…. We were able to get the sweep against a team that we wanted to get the sweep against.”

After Trent Goodrich singled in EJ Stanton to start the scoring in the third, Hunley went “Freeway Ball” in the fourth. Gillespie hit a two-run blast to right in the sixth. After the Legends scored a run in the top of the eighth to make it 4-1, Tempel squashed any thought of a Menlo Park comeback with a two-run shot of his own in the bottom of the frame.

The Crabs have now won 10 of their past 11, dropping only a 6-3 decision to the Alameda Merchants in the second of two midweek games last week.

“I think our guys are settled in, they’re comfortable with everything now,” said Fisher. “Now they’re just going out and playing each and every day. they know what’s expected of them each and every day, they know what they’re going to get and going to work.

Gillespie for one certainly was comfortable in the batter’s box against the Legends. In addition to his two-run homer on Sunday, Gillespie had provided the big blow in Saturday’s comeback win — a two-out, three-run triple to deep right-center that negated a fine pitching performance by the Legends’ Zachary Gross and propelled the Crabs to a 5-4 victory.

“We’re becoming more of a team,” Gillespie said. “I think we’re bringing it all together. Our pitching staff is excellent and we’re hitting when we need to, with two outs and runners in scoring position.”

The triple capped a three-hit, four-RBI night for Gillespie, who nearly doubled his season RBI output in two games.

“I have a leg kick,” he said, “and I’ve been struggling, leaning forward, not leaning back and that’s messing up my timing, but these last two days I’ve gotten it down in time and I’ve been much more comfortable.”

Friday night’s win came thanks in part to Legends pitcher Tim Willittes suddenly falling out of his comfort zone. Willittes had cruised through the first three innings allowing only an unearned run in the first, but in the fourth it all fell apart. Willittes issued three straight bases-loaded walks to Crabs hitters, giving Humboldt the lead and abruptly ending his night.

Still, the Crabs found themselves trailing 5-4 entering the bottom of the eighth. But Goodrich singled in pinch runner Ansel Cecil to tie the game, and Alex Crosby drove in two more with a single of his own as the Crabs took the lead for good.

Now the team sports a solid 23-10 record as they hit the home stretch of the season, and Fisher is looking to see his squad finish things off strong.

“We’ve got three weeks left, and just because there might not be a league or a tournament at the end, we’ve still got a lot to play for,” he said. “We’ve got a chance to finish thing on a pretty good run of what we’ve been doing, and I think that they’re all bought into it.”

• Watch Crabs Corner every Sunday at 6pm on KIEM News Ch. 3  Sports. This Sunday, Chet Davis interviews Crabs infielders Brandon Hunley, Brent Gillespie, outfielder Taylor Tempel, pitcher Johnny Melero and recruiter Robin Guiver.

• Read up on all the Crabs games from the daily newspaper in town, the Times-Standard.

• View all our photos from the weekend our Facebook page.

• Each week we'll have a new player supplement inside the Crabs program for sale at the ball park with scorecards, new player photos, special events, social media info and a week wrap up story by Erik Fraser. There is also a Crabs Kid's program available that comes with crayons for your little crabbie.

• #Life As A Crab by Leon Villagomez for Humboldt Made blog and photos. 

Crabs Q & A: Eric Giacone

Crabs Q & A
By Tracy Mac, Crabs Secretary
ARCATA 2014

#15 Eric Giacone, Coach
Eureka High School Varsity Baseball Coach, Former Crab 
 

How long have you been coaching the Eureka Loggers and what are your hopes for the team moving forward?
I have been coaching EHS for 6 years. The goal each year is win an NCS Championship.

How did the Logger season go and what were some of the team's highlights or standouts?
We went 17-11. We were able to win the programs first playoff game in 12 years and then added a second postseason win round 2.

What do you love most about coaching?
I enjoy the competition the game creates as well as helping kids fulfill their athletic dreams.

What are some of your fondest memories from your Crabs days? Is it weird to put a Crabs jersey on again?
I just remember being surrounded by great talent that made it fun to show up everyday. Not too weird. I've coached since my career ended so I always thought one day I would be a Crab again.

You've gotten a glimpse of the 2014 Crabs pitching staff, how are we looking talent wise? 
The talent on the mound is great. There are a lot of guys ready to get after it. I'm looking forward to watching our guys develop.

Now you'll be coaching college men versus teenage ballplayers, what do you think will be the biggest difference coaching at a higher level?
I think the motivation factor will be the biggest change. With the high school guys there's a lot of time spent motivating compared to just working to get better. With the college guys it is a lot more about managing and pointing them in the right direction. The motivation is already there.

What MLB coach/player would you most like to personify and why?
Derek Jeter. I think his commitment to excellence and ongoing success is unmatched in his trade. I think that hunger for anything is rare and he has had it for a long time and continues even as he reaches an older age. I think any young athlete that can stay that hungry for baseball has the potential for success.

The kids at the Crabs ball park look up to the Crabs as if they were heroes or celebrities? What would you like to impart on the local kids who someday want to become a Crab?
The kids should know that Baseball is a game of repetitions. The more time and effort you put into the game the better your rewards will be. 

What are some of your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time when you're not thinking about baseball?
Drag Racing. If I'm not on the field I can be found at the Samoa Drag strip racing my 1966 Ford Ranchero.

 

 

 

 

 

Crabs Q & A: Andrew Ayers

Crabs Q & A
By Kylee Chandler, Special Events Coordinator
ARCATA 2014

#13 Andrew Ayers
Coach, Sacramento State, Former Minor Leaguer

You’ve come full circle with the Crabs, you grew up watching them, played for them and now you’re coaching, what has that been like?
It feels good to back! Back with the Crabs, the band and all the good fans. It’s a little different seeing it from the coaching side but it’s exciting to be a part of the Crabs.

Being a coach for the Crabs, what are your main roles?
I’m in charge of the hitters and I oversee the infielders and outfielders and I coach first base.

You were drafted and spent some time in the minor leagues, what advice would you give to players wanting to peruse a career in professional athletics?
Follow you dreams, anything can happen. It doesn’t matter your size: how big or how small you are, play the game hard and good things will happen. Nothing is impossible.

After Crabs season is over, what’s next for you?
The plan right now is to go to Sacramento State and be the baseball operations person as part of the coaching staff there.

Do you have any interesting talents or hobbies?
Right now it’s racquetball with other assistant coach, David Flores, we get after it. 

Crabs Q & A: Trent Goodrich

Crabs Q & A
By Kylee Chandler/Special Events Coordinator
ARCATA 2014

#4 TRENT GOODRICH
Shortstop
South Mountain Community College

This is your second year playing for the Crabs, why did you come back?
I really loved it up here the first time, I had such a great experience with the players and the fans, so I thought it would be great to come play again and get better.

Last year when you played for the Crabs you were going to school and playing baseball at Dartmouth and this past year you were at South Mountain Community College, why did you transfer schools?
Dartmouth wasn’t a great fit for me. Baseball was going fine but everything else was a bit of a struggle so I decided that I needed to change things up. I was pretty happy this last semester so hopefully that keeps going for the next year.

On your off days what do you do?
I go to the gym, play lots of video games, other than that maybe go to the river or beach but that’s about it.

Do you have any interesting talents or hobbies?
I don’t know if they’re interesting, video games again, that’s what I love doing and watching college football, those are my favorite things to do.

Crabs Q & A: Alex Crosby

Crabs Q & A
By Kylee Chandler/Special Events Coordinator
ARCATA 2014

#34 ALEX CROSBY
First Base
Sonoma State

What is your favorite part about being a Humboldt Crab?
Listening to the fans every night, playing under the lights and playing for a team with such a great history and standards.

You just got back from the one and only road trip, what are your thoughts on traveling?
It was good to get away for a week but I’d rather play every game as a home game. Here in Arcata the fans and crowd are better and it’s an overall better experience, I like playing up here.

After summer is over, what’s next for you?
Back to school for my senior year and playing baseball at Sonoma State; that’s my plan.

What are you going to miss most about the Crabs when it’s over?
I’m going to miss everything about it, but I’m going to be back next summer! That is, if they invite me again, I’ll be back!

What’s the deal with your socks, you don’t wear the navy ones that are given to you, instead you wear socks with stars?
It’s swag. The only reason I wear them is because I like the way they look, look good, feel good, play good.