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Doling Out the Awards

After the Crabs captured a second straight Far West League championship, the team announced its 2012 team awards.

The Kevin Morsching/Scott Heinig Coaches' Award, given to the Crab who shows dedication and perseverance and generally plays the game the way it's meant to be played, went to catcher Jared Deacon.

The Defensive Player of the Year award went to Ty Afenir, whose solid play at shortstop made even the tough outs look easy.

The Offensive Player of the Year award was shared by Will Soto and Bradley Zimmer, two of the most consistent producers for the team. Soto was second on the team in hits, and Zimmer was third. Zimmer also led the team in home runs with seven.

The Pitcher of the Year was Mr. Friday Night, Tanner McIntyre, who posted a 6-2 record with a 1.35 ERA and set the team off on the right foot with a shutout in their tournament opener.

The Crabs' 2012 Most Valuable Player was Spencer Duggan, and he made the choice easy. He batted .394 on the year, best on the team by more than 50 points. His average was actually over .400 for most of the year, only just dipping under the .400 mark on the last weekend of the summer. His 56 hits, 18 doubles and 35 RBI were all best on the team, and he was also solid in the field and a great leader in the dugout.

For Duggan, who grew up in Arcata, it fulfilled a lifelong dream — one that he thought maybe he could have fulfilled a few years earlier, having only made the Crabs team in his final year of eligibility. But he just used that as motivation.

"I kind of had a chip on my shoulder, from not being out here the last three years," he said. "But just to get the opportunity to come play in front of the fans, with people knowing I'm from Arcata, yelling 'Hit it to Sunny Brae!' It was lots of fun. As a kid, I was saying I'm going to play for the Crabs, going be the MVP one day, and then, it actually happens. That was pretty cool."