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Another Weekend Sweep for Crabs

by Ray Hamill

The Humboldt Crabs came up clutch on their way to a second consecutive weekend sweep, taking three games from the Redding Colt 45's, including a pair of come-from-behind wins.

Trailing for much of Friday night's series opener, the Crabs scored twice in the bottom of the eighth inning and held on for a 3-2 win to set the tone for the weekend.

Saturday night's clash was a thriller, with the Crabs tying the game on Craig Smith's two-RBI single in the bottom of the ninth, before pulling out a dramatic victory when Garrett Yrigoyen drove in pinch runner Breland Almadova for a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the 12th.

By comparision, the Crabs ran out to a relatively easy 9-4 win in Sunday's series finale, improving to 11-2 on the season.

After giving up two runs in the top of the first in Friday's opener, the Crabs held the visitors scoreless the remainder of the game before taking a slender lead on a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth.

Brad Morgan, who has been one of the team's most clutch performers this summer, stepped up again with an RBI single to tie the game at 2-2, before Yrigoyen drove in Andrew Ayers for what would prove to be the winning run. Ayers, a former St. Bernard's standout, continued his impressive debut season for the team with two hits in the win.

On the mound, Chris DeBoo pitched six solid inings in a no-decision, with Jesse Moore pitching one inning for the win.

The bats remained hot Saturday night, with Morgan, Jeff Johnson and Cameron Edman each finishing with a pair of hits in the win, while Moore tossed two innings in relief to record his second win of the weekend.

In game three, Scott Heylman and Johnson each finished with three hits, including a double, with Johnson also driving in a pair of runs. Edman added a pair of hits, including a double, and drove in three runs.

John Austin, in his second summer with the team, got the win on the
mound, improving to 3-0 on the season.

The Crabs host the California Glory in a doubleheader Wednesday night at 5:30.

New Players Adjusting Quickly to Wood Bats

Less than two weeks into the 2010 season, the new Crabs players are adjusting quite well to life in Arcata on and off the field.

Fresh off a weekend sweeep of big rivals Fontanetti's Athletics, the Crabs are now 7-1 on the summer and, according to manager Matt Nutter, much of that has to do with how quickly the new players have taken to the wood bats.

"I think one of the biggest things for us is the way the guys have picked up the wood bats," Nutter said after Sunday's 4-2 win sealed a four-game series sweep. "Usually it takes a couple of weeks, but this year the guys have picked it up real well."

IMPORTANT — Changes to Crabs 2010 Schedule

All Non-League Wednesday and Saturday dates are now 5:30 p.m. doubleheaders

ARCATA (June 10, 2010) — There has been a significant change to the Crabs' 2010 Schedule. Effective immediately, all Wednesday and Saturday non-WCL Tri-State League dates will now be doubleheaders beginning at 5:30 p.m. as they have been in years past, with each game of the doubleheader being 7 innings.

WCL Tri-State League dates ...will not be affected by this change.

  • Saturday, June 12 | Fontanetti's
  • Wednesday , June 16 | Atwater Aviators
  • Wednesday, June 23 | California Glory... See More
  • Wednesday, July 7 | Norcal Longhorns
  • Wednesday, July 14 | Solano Mudcats
  • Wednesday, July 21 | Solano Seals
  • Saturday, July 24 | California Seals
  • Wednesday, July 28 | Humboldt Steelheads

Our online schedule is now updated to reflect these changes.

Returning Players Step Up for Crabs

(June 6, 2010) — Some familiar faces stepped up big on opening weekend, as the Crabs took two of three games against the Fairfield Indians, including a rain-delayed 8-2 win to close out the series Sunday.

Returning pitcher John Austin, a sophomore out of San Jose State, held the visitors to one run in five innings work for the win in the series finale, but that was far from his only contribution. With just eight position players available to manager Matt Nutter for the weekend, Austin, who was the team's co-Pitcher of the Year in 2009, was forced into action at the plate on Saturday, and as fate would have it, he laid claim to the first Crabs home run of 2010, and adding a double in four at-bats.

Eureka's Brad Morgan, another returning player, also had a big opening weekend, as the Crabs took the series opener 10-1 Saturday afternoon, before dropping the second end of a doubleheader 8-5.

Morgan finished with five hits on the weekend and drove in four runs, while another local, Andrew Ayers, made some noise in his Crabs debut, starting all three games and registering three hits.

Among the newcomers to impress on the opening weekend, Sac State junior Justin Lamb started all three games and finished with a team-high six hits, including four doubles.

Jeff Johnson, a sophomore out of Ohlone College, also had six hits over the three games, as the Crabs bats opened strong with 23 runs on 37 hits.

On the mound, as expected, Chris DeBoo started this season much the same as he finished last year, with a solid performance in the opener.

Photos from this weekend have been posted on our Facebook page. The Crabs will host the Portland Pirates Wednesday night at 7 before opening a weekend stand with the Fontanetti Athletics on Friday.

Crabs Corner Debuts on News Channel 3

EUREKA (June 6, 2010) — Sunday marked the debut of a new segment on KIEM News Channel 3's Sunday evening newscast, and it's all about the Crabs!

Crabs Corner, hosted by Phil Milani, spends a few minutes every Sunday looking back at the week that was in Crabs Land, featuring interviews, game highlights, trivia and more. You can even win Crabs tickets by correctly answering the week's trivia question.

The first guest on Crabs Corner was Crabs President Matt Filar, who talked about how hard the Board of Directors work during the offseason to make Crabs Baseball possible, and how exciting it is to see all that work pay off when Opening Day finally arrives.

In the future, look for players and coaches to join Milani on the field and in the studio for more insight on Crabs baseball. Crabs Corner airs every Sunday during News Channel 3's 6:30 and 11 p.m. broadcasts, and video clips of Crabs Corner will also be available at KIEM-TV.com.

2010 Opening Dinner was a Big Success

ARCATA (June 5, 2010) — We all had fun on Friday Night at our favorite community event - the Humboldt Crabs Baseball Season Opening Dinner at the Arcata Community Center was a well-attended success.

Crabs fans from near and far had the opportunity to see old friends and meet the new 2010 Crabs baseball team.  Manager Matt Nutter introduced his new team, as well as his coaching staff Robin Guiver, Mike Jordt and Tyson Fisher.

The Crab Grass Band added a festive air to the event.  Several of the players’ parents and family members were able to attend the dinner this year. 

If you missed the event this year, mark your calendar for next year’s dinner...June 3, 2011.

Photos of the dinner are up on our Facebook page now. Check them out! We'll see you at the ballpark...

Past Crab, Future Crab Honored This Week

SJSU's Karson Klauer named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American, David Popkins is Big West Player of the Week after torrid streak at UC Davis

ARCATA (May 27, 2010) — Both a member of the 2009 Humboldt Crabs team and the incoming 2010 squad were recognized this week for their achievements at the college level.

Karson Klauer, a senior at San Jose State who hit .297 as the Crabs' regular second baseman a year ago was named to the 2010 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Baseball Third Team for excellence both on the field and in the classroom.

And David Popkins, whom fans will meet when this season starts next week, was honored as the Big West Player of the Week after tearing it up over the past five games for UC Davis, helping the Aggies go 4-1 over that stretch.

Klauer, a team co-captain and the Spartans' first Academic All-American in any sport in 13 years, maintained a 3.91 GPA in Business Administration at SJSU — the highest for a male athlete in school history — and this season is batting a career-best .317, good for third-best on the team.

Read the story on the Spartans' website here.

Popkins had himself quite a week for the aggies. He batted .625 (15-for-24) with two home runs, two triples and 12 RBIs, five of which came in a perfect 4-for-4 outing against UC Santa Barbara in which he drove in the winning run in the 10th. And if that weren't enough, he started and won a game on the mound against Santa Clara.

Popkins now leads UC Davis in hitting (.387), hits (67), RBIs (38) and runs (38) as they head into the final week of their season.

Crabs Announce New Format for Season Opening Dinner

Annual event will feature a new format this year and that will give fans of the team a chance to become better acquainted with the new players

by Ray Hamill

ARCATA (May 25, 2010) — The annual Crabs season-opening dinner will feature a new format this year and that will give fans of the team a chance to become better acquainted with the new players.

Instead of bringing in a guest speaker for the occasion, as the club has done in previous years, this year's event will focus more on the incoming players.

"We want to make it more of a celebration of the team," said Crabs president Matt Filar. "We want to spend more time on (manager) Matt Nutter introducing the team and spend a little more time on each team member."

The dinner, which is held in partnership with the City of Arcata on the night before the season-opener, is scheduled for Friday, June 4 at the Arcata Community Center.

Tickets are already on sale and can be purchased at the video counter at all Ray's Food Place locations, and at the Arcata City Hall. You can also download a ticket order form here and mail it back to us.

And fans are encouraged to buy early with prices set at $20 for adults and $15 for those 12-and-under up until the end of May. Tickets will remain available up until the day before the dinner, although prices will jump to $25 and $20, respectively, on Friday, May 28.

"It's a great chance for fans to get excited about the season," Filar said. "People have been waiting all this time for the season to start. The Giants are playing, the A's are playing and we're just waiting for the Crabs to begin play. It's a good way to kick off the season when you can get everybody together to meet the new team."

All funds raised from the dinner go annually to ballpark improvements. "Last year, we bought some new equipment for the media booth, some new speakers and the breakaway fencing (in left field)," said Filar, who added that with the generous assistance of the City of Arcata, this year a walkway will be constructed to allow easy access for fans to enter the left field area. “We are grateful to the City for stepping in to help get this done,” said Filar. “We have our fingers crossed that it will be completed by Opening Day, but with weather conditions here the way they are, we will be cutting it close.”

And Filar isn't the only one looking forward to the occasion. "It's a great community event," said Nutter. "It's a good way for fans to come together and it gives the new guys on the team their first taste of what they're in for this summer."

Local Standout to Join Crabs for 2010

While leading a powerful St. Bernard's High team, Andrew Ayers won an NCS title at the Arcata Ball Park. This summer he'll call the park home.

ARCATA (May 25, 2010) — Former St. Bernard's standout Andrew Ayers will join the Crabs for the 2010 season.

Team manager Matt Nutter and head coach Robin Guiver have been admirers of Ayers for some time and this week announced that the two-time Little Five MVP will be on the roster for the summer season.

"The first thing about Andrew is he's a winner and just a great all-around athlete," Nutter said. "And I think he brings good competitiveness to the team. We're just happy to have him on board."

Ayers, a 2009 graduate of St. Bernard's, was a key member of the Crusaders' back-to-back-to-back North Coast Section championship teams and was named MVP of the Little Five in both his junior and senior seasons. Ayers, who pitched a complete-game three hitter in the NCS championship game, played four years for the Crusaders and was named all-league each season.

This year, Ayers has been starring at second base for Sac State, where he is hitting .344 in 22 appearances, including fifteen starts.

And Nutter is happy to have another local star on his roster, joining Eureka's Brad Morgan and Zack O'Hanen.

"I think that's real important," Nutter said. "He's a local kid starting for a Division-I team. And as long as he can do that, he's going to go places."

Ayers' stock has risen as the season has progressed, recently starring in a dramatic 13-12 win over Cal State Northridge as the Hornets overcame an early seven-run deficit as well as leading the Hornets to an 11-6 win over Hawaii.

Ayers also played basketball and football at St. Bernard's.

Fisher to Join Crabs Coaching Staff

The Fortuna native and former Crab takes Matt Wilson's place, excited to start season

By Ray Hamill

ARCATA (May 8, 2010) — The Crabs didn't have to look very far to fill a big coaching vacancy for 2010, announcing this week that former player Tyson Fisher will join the staff. And the Fortuna native is relishing the opportunity.

Tyson Fisher"I'm definitely excited about it," he said. "Being a local guy, I've been around the Crabs and I know what they're all about and what they mean to (Humboldt County)."

Fisher, who played for the Crabs in 2006 and is currently an assistant coach at Fortuna High, will primarily work as a hitting coach and joins a staff that includes manager Matt Nutter, head coach Robin Guiver and assistant coach Mike Jordt.

In his one summer with the Crabs, Fisher made 47 appearances, including 40 starts, and batted .328 while hitting a team second-best four home runs and eight doubles. He was scheduled to return to the

Crabs in 2007 before a leg injury ruled him out for the summer. After four strong years at South Dakota State, where he played under North Coast native and former Crabs assistant coach Reggie Christensen, a switch to coaching was a natural next step for Fisher.

"Coaching this year and last year at the high school level has helped," he said. "Just in being able to relate to the guys. You know I'm really enjoying it."

Nutter, who had a vacancy to fill when Matt Wilson left the staff this offseason after three years, didn't hesitate after Christensen recommended Fisher and is looking forward to reuniting with his former player.

"Obviously Tyson being a local guy definitely helps. He knows what the Crabs are about," Nutter said. "We want him to work with our hitters. He played for the team in my first year (as manager) and he was a good

guy for us. He played some first base and some third base. He's going to bring some knowledge to the infield."

Fisher first got into coaching at Fortuna when his former high school, college and Crabs teammate Erik Bess asked him to join him in the dugout.

As a credentialed teacher, Fisher is also enjoying the challenge of switching to the coaching ranks.

"It's nice being able to pass on stuff I learned as a player," he said. "I think alot of the challenge (with the Crabs) will be taking all the different approaches from all the different schools the players come from and trying to work with them. But I'm excited about it."

Fisher was also a three-time first-team all-league selection in the Humboldt-Del Norte League.

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