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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.

CRABS MEDIA

• Watch Crabs Corner on News Ch. 3
• Watch the games live on the Crabs YouTube Channel
• Listen to the games live on the radio stream on KGOE 1480AM
• Read the game stories in the daily newspaper, the Times-Standard
• Follow the Crabs on TwitterInstagram and Facebook

 

The Heat is On

by Kevin Wyart
Humboldt Crabs Baseball

June 3, 2016

Arcata, CA - Summer hasn’t even officially arrived yet, but the Crabs brought the heat to the visiting South Bay Sliders, defeating them 7-1 at the Arcata Ballpark on Friday evening.

Crabs starting pitcher Jason Alexander brought his flamethrower up from Menlo College, allowing only one run on two hits, while striking out 6 and only walking one in 5 innings of work.

The Crabs bats were equally as hot, as they exploded for 7 runs, including two home runs in the 4th inning. The first came with no out and one on, after Austin White led off the inning with a single, as Mason Cerrillo promptly launched a pitch deep over the right field wall to extend the crabs lead to 6-0.

Two batters later with one out, Jayson Newman said hello with one of his own, clearing the right field fence and giving the Crabs their seventh and final run of the night.

Humboldt also scored two runs each in the second and third innings with the help of four Sliders errors.

For South Bay, they got their only run in the fifth inning off an RBI groundout by Andrew Shults. The rest of their night belonged to Jason Alexander and the Crabs relief corps.

For Alexander, much of his success Friday night came from his hard fastball, which he credited for allowing him to set the tone.

“My fastball is the main pitch I like to use to be aggressive in the strikezone,” Alexander said “I felt I was successful in using it to get ahead of batters.”

In addition to his fastball, the Windsor, Calif. native displayed an effective sinker, aimed at forcing the opposition to hit the ball on the ground. The Sliders didn’t hit a ball in the air until the fifth inning.

“My sinker is definitely my main secondary pitch,” Alexander said “I was happy with it and all the ground balls I got.”

When asked about his approach in pitching to wood bats, as opposed to aluminum ones, he said he likes to pitch inside more to right handers, and the results were something anyone in the crowd would notice, three broken bats by Sliders hitters.

For the Crabs, this win puts them on a positive start to their season, and they now have more of a feel for what they have going into Saturday’s second game and beyond. The Sliders fall to 1-4 on the summer. Both teams will meet again on Saturday and Sunday, with the Saturday first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m.

CRABS MEDIA

• Watch Crabs Corner on News Ch. 3
• Watch the games live on the Crabs YouTube Channel
• Listen to the games live on the radio stream on KGOE 1480AM
• Read the game stories in the daily newspaper, the Times-Standard
• Follow the Crabs on TwitterInstagram and Facebook

 

New and Improved Live Stream

The Humboldt Crabs stream all their games through their YouTube channel. During games you can watch right from this page, or if you want, watch it through our YouTube Channel and chat with other fans during the game!

Where's Bobby? Week 4

Launch Date: May 26

Current Status Item 1: Found under a bench at the Perigot Park softball field in Blue Lake

Current Status Item 2: Found beneath an old train trestle at the Arcata Marsh

 

Clue #2:

Just one more prize left
Now that one has been found
This field that i’m watching
Doesn’t have a mound

It’s a cute little town
A few degrees hotter
Than most of Humboldt
Here away from the water 

But the funniest thing
Is the name of this city
It doesn’t ring true
But the place sure is pretty


Photo 2a:

Photo #2b:

 

Clue #1:

When one becomes two
It’s a beautiful thing
A fifth golden ticket
Thrown into the ring

The third prize was found
Before I got my chance
To write cryptic rhymes
It was just happenstance

My backers decided
That we really need
An extra prize coupon
That’s what they decreed

So now the plot thickens
As the season draws near
Where are those two coupons?
I don’t see them here

From one of the spots
I had a nice view
Of a couple of ball fields
And a row of trees too

The other location
Is closer to home
But nevertheless
I’ve got room to roam

I walk down these paths
As birds fly to and fro
The sun sets o’er the bay
Putting on quite a show


Photo #1a:


Photo #1b:

Where's Bobby? Week 2

Launch Date: May 11

Current Status: Found on the back of the railing at the Depot Museum in Fortuna


Clue #2:

I’m patiently waiting
For someone to spot me
But I’m troubled you see
This puzzle has got me

I just noticed something
That this station lacks
I do see a train car
But where are the tracks?


Photo #2


Clue #1: 

On a sunny spring day
I go out to the park
To play ball on the field
And drop off my next mark

Kids play on the swings
As I hide this week's prize
How will I get home?
That train's not my size


Photo #1:

Bobby's Been Busy

This is Bobby the Bobblehead. Bobby's getting so excited for the upcoming season, he can barely contain himself. He's running all over Humboldt County during the month of May, hiding some little goodies for a few lucky Crabs fans to find.

Go To Bobby's page to get started!

Where's Bobby? Week 1

Launch Date: May 3
Current Status: Found under a bench on the Trinidad Head


Clue #2:

A view of the pier
Where the crab boats come in
But not from this side
I’m facing the wind

I’ve watched the sun set
I sit close to the ground
And I look to the west
While I wait to be found


Photo #2:


Clue #1: 

Don't look in the town
Where the Humboldt Crabs play
Where else might you go
On a warm weekend day?

Would you go to the beach
Or perhaps for a hike
Bobby doesn't think
You can get there by bike


Photo #1:

Bobby the Bobble Head Week 1 Pic 1

The 2016 Crabs Staff Has Been Hired

Update: The application period has closed. Thank you to all who applied! You can still volunteer at the park to get your foot in the door. 

Applications are open to anyone: students, athletes, seniors, teachers, young and old. Click here to begin the online application process for the 2016 SUMMER Crabs Season. Thank you!

Positions:

• Concession Workers & Cheeseburger Griller

• Front Gate Greeters &  Bag Checkers

• Ticket Booth Sales Staff

• Ball park security & ball park cleaners

• Foul Ball Shaggers

• Crusty the Mascot

• 50/50 Sales Staff

• Special Events Staff

• Scorekeeper, PA, Media Relations

• Crabs Program Sales, Coordination & Production (looking to fill position ASAP, contact info@humboldtcrabs.com if interested)

• HSU/CR Interns & Volunteers welcome

• Watch this video by A Nutter Production, click here

What Are: The Humboldt Crabs?

Here on the North Coast, it's no secret that the Crabs experience is pretty fantastic (if we do say so ourselves — and we do), but it's always a bit of a thrill when we get some exposure beyond the Redwood Curtain.

Well on Jeopardy on Tuesday, Feb. 16, a Contestant named Zach Binney told host Alex Trebek that he and his friends travel the country during the summer in search of baseball fun, and that in all his travels, the very best experience he's had was right here in our little ballpark!

 

Well folks, it's official. The Crabs are the best. #jeopardy #GoCrabsGo #LifeAsACrab

Posted by Humboldt Crabs Baseball on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

As it turns out, Binney and two friends write a blog called "Scrappy Journeymen With Heart Who Blog the Right Way," and on Sunday, July 6, 2014, the trio visited Humboldt and took in a game. They threw out the first pitch(es), had themselves a generally good time, and then wrote about it. You can read the whole thing here, but below are a couple of highlights.

"At high noon, we heard a jarring emergency siren, but no one around seemed to notice.  We learned that it signals fire and tsunami warnings and has to be tested once a day, always at noon.  At Crabs games, though, it has unofficial status as the moment it’s legal to buy beer.  We think all cities should have beer alarms."

"The announcer booth was the Don Terbush Announcer Booth 1949-1994.  45 years calling games in Arcata, CA is an achievement any of us would be proud to have on our resume."

"Examples of (the band's) shenanigans included “Ole” for mound meetings, “Na-na-na-na BAT BOY” for the batboy, Sportscenter theme after a great double play, Chicken Dance during an intentional walk, Wild Thing after two non-intentional walks, frequent requests for a Freeway Ball, and numerous others.  The director even seemed to have a whiteboard that listed specific songs for specific game situations.  Due to their presence and enthusiasm, we didn’t hear a minute of canned music for the entire duration of the game."

And finally, their conclusion and score:

Conclusion:  68.5 on our completely arbitrary scale.  It’s slightly inflated due to the first pitch, but this was a really fun game regardless.  The crowd and band really make the experience and push it on par with San Rafael.  The Pacifics may have a slight edge in creativity, but the Humboldt area clearly takes a lot of pride in this team and it’s infectious as all hell.  9.5/10

Mission Accomplished

ARCATA (Aug. 3, 2015) — What else is there to say but, “Wow”?

An unforgettable 2015 season of Humboldt Crabs baseball is now officially in the books, and what a season it was. The Crabs finished with a stellar 41-9 record, and put the icing on their tasty cake by rolling to the championship of the inaugural Humboldt Invitational Tournament with a perfect 5-0 record.

“This team, they’re just outstanding, said a tired-but-beaming Tyson Fisher after the final out was recorded. “What they’ve done this summer is truly remarkable. You set goals and this team took those goals seriously.”

One of those goals was to finish the season with fewer than 10 losses, and that goal seemed in serious jeopardy when the team suffered its seventh loss on July 5. But the team reeled off a 21-2 run to end the season and accomplished the impressive feat.

“They know what it takes,” said Fisher. “The way that they approached the game here every single day, it’s awesome what they accomplished this summer. We had a solid group of guys that we could count on each and every day they were in the lineup to give us their best.”

And perhaps they were at their very best during the tournament run. The Crabs opened up the tournament against the Pacific Union Financial Capitalists, aka the Pufcaps, a powerful young team that had beaten the Crabs twice in 2014.

The Pufcaps jumped out to an early lead 3-0 lead, but the Crabs, as they’ve proven all year, had no issues playing from behind. They got on the board when big Bobby Schuman uncorked his first – but not his last – homer of the season in the fourth.

They added two more runs in the sixth but were still trailing 4-3 heading into the eighth. That changed quickly when Allen Smoot doubled and Ben Petersen hammered a towering shot onto U.S. 101 to give the Crabs their first lead of the game.

The lead was short-lived, however, as the Pufcaps answered with a  tying home run in the bottom of the frame, sending the game into extra innings.

In the 11th inning the Pufcaps got generous, giving the Crabs the gift of two errors, and they took advantage, scoring four times to build a 9-5 lead. That was enough to survive a Pufcaps rally in the bottom half, and the Crabs hung on for a hard-earned 9-7 win.

The Crabs cruised through the rest of round-robin play on Friday and Saturday, getting stellar starting pitching from Tyler Bennett, who struck out a season-high 14 batters in eight innings in a 13-1 victory over the Solano Mudcats on Friday, and Donald Robinson, who shut down the Auburn Wildcats for seven innings in a 6-0 win on Saturday. Oh, and Schuman homered both Friday and Saturday, and Smoot extended his hitting streak to 31 games.

That earned the Crabs the top seed going into Sunday’s elimination portion of the tournament. And the first “victory” for the Crabs on Sunday came before they even took the field, as the Pufcaps, widely expected to breeze past the Wildcats in their 2-3 matchup, were completely stifled by Auburn pitcher Jacob Call, managing only an unearned run in a 3-1 loss.

The Crabs then took the field against the Mudcats, and once again, stellar starting pitching led the way. Justin Mullins threw a complete game in his final start of the summer to earn his fifth win and set up a championship showdown with Auburn.

In the finale, Fisher handed the ball to their ace and Pitcher of the Year, Drew Weston. And as usual, Weston dominated, allowing just one run over seven innings. The offense, meanwhile, did its thing, scoring four runs in the fifth and five in the sixth to break open the game and put the place into party mode. Perhaps the only thing that went wrong all day was the end of Smoot’s amazing hitting streak when he put up an 0-fer in the first game.

But all that did was give the crowd a chance to stand and acknowledge the season for the ages that Smoot had in Humboldt. He set all-time Crabs records with 85 hits, 57 RBIs and 27 doubles, and batted .447, making the decision to give him the MVP award possibly the easiest in Fisher’s baseball career.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Fisher said of Smoot’s season. “The guy was just unreal all summer long. I’ve never seen a hit streak like that, never seen a summer like that, never seen a season like that, period. Not only is this team one of the greatest in Crabs history, I feel like, but Smoot has definitely had one of the best summers in Crabs history, there’s no doubt about it.”

Once the game was over and the dog pile on the infield had been untangled, all that was left was awards and goodbyes. As mentioned above, Smoot was MVP and Weston was the Pitcher of the Year. The other award, the Heinig/Morsching Memorial Coaches’ Award, was shared by Blake Edmonson, who played both pitcher and outfield, and Beau Bozett, the second-year leadoff hitter who sparked the Crabs’ offense all year long both on the field and with his infectious enthusiasm in the dugout.

And so Season 71 is done, and it was a season that will be remembered forever by the Crabs family. See you next year!

Press:

• Tournament Wrap Up by Danny Penza of the Times-Standard Sports Depart, click here.

• KIEM News Ch. 2 Crabs Corner episodes, click here or general Crabs stories from Sports Dept., click here.

• Mad River Union Sports, click here.

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