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Redding and Humboldt series heats up

Postcards from the Road
By Allen Scott/For the Humboldt Crabs
Redding Series: June 27 - June 29

REDDING, CA (June 28, 2014)  — In a controversy filled game at Redding on Saturday night, the Humboldt Crabs dropped the second game of the three game series 6-3.  Eight Crabs were ejected from the game at different times including manager Tyson Fisher.  The Colt 45 manager Rick Bosetti was also tossed but none of his players went out despite a bench clearing incident.

     The Crabs scored first on a double by Kyle Moses and the RBI single by Trent Goodrich in the third inning.  Redding countered back in the bottom of the inning on the first of the several arguments.  Third baseman EJ Stanton fielded a slow roller and fired to first.  First baseman Brent Gillespie, in the eyes of the Crabs, recorded the out, pulled the ball out of his glove to throw it around the infield.  His throw to shortstop Goodrich was off line and all of a sudden Jack Flahrity of the Colt 45's took off for second and then third.  The umpire contended that Gillespie had dropped the ball.  Crabs manager Tyson Fisher argued that the drop was on the exchange from the glove.  Fisher lost and was ejected.

     The controversy re-started in the Crabs sixth when Morgan McCasland was hit by a pitch and EJ Stanton collided with the 45's first baseman in the course of running out an infield hit.  Runners advance with the ball down the right field line and the first baseman on the ground. 

     Colt 45's catcher Cole Taylor took exception and fronted off Stanton near the Crabs dugout, prompting several Crabs to come off the bench, follow in suit by Colt 45's from their bench.  The only players tossed were Humboldt team members.

     The 45's manager was tossed on a disputed call at home when an errant McCasland toss to second got away but Matt Sinatro pounced on the ball, throwing to McCasland for the out, the argument, and the ejection. 

The Crabs are now 13-8 on the season.

Saturday's Box Score:
Crabs        001 001 001   3  5  2
Redding    001 100 11X   6  9  3

WP:  Alex Lee
LP:  Dillon Houser

Attendance: 585

For full box score, click here: Redding Colt 45s Point Streak page.

Redding Searchlight article about the game by HSU Alumni Nate Abaurrea, click here.

Article by Ray Aspuria from the Times-Standard newspaper in Eureka, click here.

Friday, June 27 • From Tiger Field, Redding:
• Friday night's attendance: 649
• Friday night's score: Crabs 10, Colt 45s 0
• Read the game summary from the Times-Standard, click here.
• Friday night's Full box score from the Redding Colt 45s website, click here.
• Article from the Redding Searchlight, click here.

Sunday, June 29 • From Tiger Field, Redding: 
• Sunday night's score: Crabs 3, Colt 45s 10
• Sunday's box score from the Redding Colt 45s website, click here.
• The Crabs record: 13 Wins and 9 Losses
• Redding Searchlight article, click here.
• Times-Standard Eureka article, click here.

Athlete of the Week with Chet Davis from KIEM News Ch. 3

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Let's Shake Things Up

Tyson Fisher's decision to stick Alex Crosby in the leadoff spot paid off bigtime as the Crabs won four straight heading into their six-game road trip

by Erik Fraser/Humboldt Crabs

ARCATA (June 22, 2014) — Looking for a way too spark the team’s offense after losing three straight games last week — two in shutout fashion — Crabs Manager Tyson Fisher threw Alex Crosby into the leadoff spot on Wednesday, June 18 against the Marysville Gold Sox.

Crosby, a first baseman and designated hitter, has spent most of the year smack-dab in the heart of the order, and isn’t exactly your prototypical leadoff hitter, but there was reasoning behind Fisher’s decision.

“I wanted to have him be more aggressive,” said Fisher. “I think that at times he can kind of not be as aggressive and misses some pitches, and that’s when he gets himself out. I was trying to give him a jolt, and give our whole team a jolt. We need to be aggressive with fastballs, and he’s a guy that if you put him in that spot, he does it.”

Crosby quickly made Fisher look like a genius. In his first at-bat atop the order, Crosby singled, and a few minutes later he scored the Crabs’ first run in 18 innings on a Manny Ramirez, Jr. home run.

Crosby would proceed to pound out six hits in his first 10 at-bats as a leadoff man as the Crabs snapped out of their funk, beat the Gold Sox 5-1, and then swept their weekend opponent, the Auburn Wildcats, by a combined score of 22-5.

But by no means did Crosby do it alone. The entire team seemed to respond to a lecture from Fisher after losing their third straight last Tuesday.

“I don’ know if it’s anything I said, or if they just came to the realization that a 10-0 loss isn’t good enough,” said Fisher. “We don’t want to lose, especially 10-0 with a poor effort. I don’t mind losing, but you play hard. The effort wasn’t there.”

The offense, which had batted a paltry .168 during the losing streak, came to life, to the tune of a .290 average in building a four-game winning streak heading into their only road trip of the season.

On Wednesday, it was Ramirez’ first home that set the tone as the Crabs put together a tidy win against a tough Gold Sox team. On Friday, Crosby was the catalyst as the Crabs scored early and often in a 10-1 win over the Wildcats. On Saturday, E.J. Stanton — who is somewhat quietly the Crabs leader with a .395 average — drove in three runs in a 6-2 win.

Then on Sunday, with the Crabs looking to complete the sweep, Brandon Hunley, replaced Crosby in the leadoff spot, with Fisher hoping for the same result. Hunley delivered, with a big double in a four-run fourth inning on Sunday to complete the sweep, again by a score of 6-2.

The pitchers did their part as well. The starters, Jake Shull, Andrew Nelson, Dillon Houser and Zach Stone, all delivered solid outings of two or fewer earned runs. The bullpen did even better, putting up 13 2/3 innings of shutout ball over the four games.

“Guys are finally starting to gel,” said Fisher. “it took a little bit longer than we would have liked, but that’s the makeup of this group. I’m very happy that the guys are doing some things on their own, and starting to see Humboldt County and enjoy it.”

They won’t be seeing much of Humboldt County over the next week. They’ve embarked on a road trip that will take them to the Bay Area and then Redding, returning to the Arcata Ball Park on Tuesday, July 1. While they’re on the road you can catch them on KGOE 1480 AM or watch the humboldtcrabs.com UStream broadcast.

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ROAD SCHEDULE: Catch the Crabs on Tuesday, June 24 vs. Walnut Creek Crawdads @ Laney College, 900 Fallon St. Oakland, 94607 at 5:30pm; Wednesday, June 25 vs Menlo Park Legends @ Palo Alto High School 50 Embarcadero Rd/El Camino Field off Churchill Ave/Castilleja Ave, Palo Alto, 94301 at 5pm; Thursday, June 26 vs Neptune Beach Pearl @ Laney College, 900 Fallon St., Oakland, 94607 at 6pm and Friday, June 27 thru Sunday, June 29 vs the Redding Colt 45s @ Tiger Field 1101 Parkview Ave Redding, 96001 at 7:15pm, 7:15pm and 6pm. 

Listen to the games on 1480 AM KGOE http://www.kgoe.com. For the Redding series, listen to Humboldt State graduate Nate Abaurrea on KCNR1460.com — the Redding Colt 45s broadcast.

Reality Check

The defending NBC World Series champion Seattle Studs rolled into Arcata and took two of three from the Crabs

by Erik Fraser/Humboldt Crabs

ARCATA (June 15, 2014) — They may have been asking for it by bringing in the defending National Baseball Congress World Series champions, but the Crabs received a bit of a reality check this weekend, dropping two of three games against the Seattle Studs, ending the series with a disappointing one-hit performance as they were shut out for the first time this season, 9-0.

“They’re very, very good," Crabs manager Tyson Fisher said of the Studs. “They swing the bats well, they took advantage of every mistake that we made pitching, and they made us work for it. They’re not the national champion for no reason. …They find ways to put pressure on you and that’s exactly what they did (to us).”

Sunday’s game seemed doomed from the start as the visitors took a 2-0 lead without the benefit of a hit in the top of the first, thanks to a walk, an error on a sacrifice attempt, and an RBI-groundout. Then in the bottom of the inning, Alex Crosby hit a long fly ball to left that bounced off the top of the tall fence onto the freeway, but three feet foul.

That long strike would prove to be the best ball the Crabs hit all day against Studs starter Scott Kuzminsky and a trio of relievers. In fact, the only tally in the “H” column for the Crabs was an infield single that Crosby barely beat out in the fourth.

Meanwhile, the Studs just kept adding to their early lead, scoring in each of the first four frames. They added two more in the sixth, and cruised to an easy victory, taking the drama out of an otherwise splendid sunny Father’s Day afternoon before 1,547 at the Arcata Ball Park.

The weekend had started out well enough as the Crabs took the series opener 8-5. Andrew Nelson stifled the Studs over six innings on the mound. Morgan McCasland’s second homer of the year got the Crabs’ offense started, and a five-run third put the home team comfortably ahead. A four-run rally by the Studs in the eighth made things interesting, but the Crabs held on.

On Saturday, back-to-back homers by Brent Gillespie and Taylor Tempel gave the Crabs an early 2-1 lead, but they only seemed to jolt the Studs to life, as they racked up 11 runs on 16 hits. Gillespie hit another homer in the fourth, but that was all the Crabs would get until the ninth, when a four-run rally proved to be too little, too late.

Despite the disappointing result against Seattle, Fisher believes the weekend provided his team valuable early-season experience.

“We want to win the series, but playing three games against a team like this, I feel like it only makes us stronger for later on, and that’s going to be the message to the guys,” Fisher said. “We can handle this one of two ways: we can hang our heads about it, or we can bounce back on Tuesday and try to get better and learn from mistakes, and that way later on in the season we’re winning those games.”

They had better learn from those mistakes quickly, as their midweek opponents, the Marysville Gold Sox, with provide another tough test during what is probably the toughest portion of the 2014 schedule.

Healdsburg is quality, and then this weekend we had Seattle and they’re quality, and then youv’e got Marysville, and they’re quality,” said Fisher. “But we want to be one of those elite teams, so we’ve got to play those elite teams. We look forward to getting back to the ballpark on Tuesday and working hard.”

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The Seattle Studs come to town and you can win a free gas BBQ from Piersons

Father's Day weekend jammed packed with prizes and fun!

Weekend Preview

ARCATA (June 12) — The NBC World Series Champions, the Seattle Studs come to town for Father's Day weekend.

Founded in 1954 by Ben Cheney of Cheney Lumber Company in Tacoma, the Seattle Tacoma Cheney Studs are one of the most tenured amateur baseball organizations in the country. The Studs in 2013 competed in Northwest Baseball for the 59 consecutive year and won it! More than 100 former and active professional baseball players have donned the Seattle Tacoma Cheney Studs uniform. The Studs traditionally participate in tournaments in Kelowna, B.C., Kamloops, B.C.  The National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, KS and the Grand Forks International Tournament in British Columbia. In 2008 and 2010 the Seattle Tacoma Cheney Studs finished 2nd in the NBC World Series in Wichita, Kansas, the highest finishes ever for the Studs.  The Seattle Tacoma Cheney Studs team tradition for 60 years has been a mix of current college players with ex-professional players making us an experienced baseball team that competes hard in every game and is very entertaining to watch and follow.

Friday's game will start at 7pm, gates open at 6pm. It's Pirate Night, so dress up in your favorite pirate outfit and you may win a special prize. The World Famous Crab Grass Band will be attendance. Saturday's contest starts early at 2:30pm due to two events on the Arcata Plaza with gates opening at 1:30pm. Get to the ball park early as parking in town will be very limited. In the right field picnic area fans are invited to a $1.00 oyster BBQ with the proceeds going toward the Crabs and Arcata Little League. Sunday's match starts at 12:30pm. Kids can play and draw Crabby signs out in left field. Supplies donated by Humboldt County Office of Education.

Plus, our long time supporter, Piersons will be giving away special pre-Father's Day prizes. Win a Weber gas BBQ from Piersons during our weekend Father's Day raffle ($770 value). Enter both on Saturday and Sunday and you can win a brand, new BBQ! Winning ticket drawn during Sunday's game. Need not be present to win.

Humboldt's daily Times-Standard newspaper will be giving away some tickets to the game on Sunday at the front gate with a Sunday subscription — so sign up. You can find all your Crabs game news online.

The Crab Grass Band will be at the game on Sunday and after the game, the kids can run the bases and high five all the Crabs players down the third base line.

We've updated our Code of Conduct and Alcohol Policy and we hope you read it carefully before you come to the City of Arcata's ball park.

Once you're inside the gates, make sure you check out all the artwork provided by South Bay Elementary and Arcata Elementary Schools. They were tasked to draw what they thought was good sportsmanship at Crabs games. Every child who drew a photo won a special prize.

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Not Perfect, But Not Far Off

Dillon Houser dominated the Seals on Sunday, helping the Crabs bounce back from their first loss to improve to 5-1 on the season

By Erik Fraser/Humboldt Crabs

ARCATA (June 8, 2014) — The game of baseball being what it is, there’s no chance whatsoever the Crabs were going to go undefeated this season. That said, it’s always a little bit of a letdown when that first loss comes.

That loss came on Saturday, June 7, as the Humboldt came out flat against Seals Baseball, and after a game-tying ninth-inning rally, they ultimately fell 6-4 in 10 innings, ending the team’s four-game season-opening win streak.

But not wanting the taste of losing to linger in their mouths, the Crabs came storming back on Sunday, June 8, topping the Seals 10-1 in the rubber match of the series to improve to 5-1 on the young season.

“I talked to the guys last night, I kind of challenged them,” manager Tyson Fisher said after Sunday’s game. “We weren’t very good (Saturday) night. To win (Sunday) was pretty important to us. The guys were excited to get back out there.”

After falling behind 1-0 in the first inning, the Crabs scored three in a wild second inning to jump-start their offense. With the bases loaded and two outs, Matthew Sinatro came to the plate. On a two-strike count, he started to offer at a ball in the dirt, but held up. The Seals appealed, then protested when the appeal was denied.

Given new life and with the runners in motion on a full count, Sinatro chopped a ball toward the hole between first and second base and busted down the line. Three defenders converged on the ball, and Sinatro beat them all to first. Manny Ramirez, Jr., scored easily from third, and Trent Goodrich never stopped running, scoring from second. Then when the throw home got away, EJ Stanton, who had started the play on first, scampered home for a 3-1 lead.

“It was pretty weird, there was a lot of stuff going on right there,” said Fisher. “At that point we were kind of struggling a little offensively, so I was just happy to get three runs any way we could.”

The play had to be deflating for a Seals team that thought it had the third out of the inning recorded. They never recovered, managing only one hit against Crabs starter Dillon Houser.

“We were a little short on pitching today so that performance Houser did was tremendous,” said Fisher. “He was very, very efficient, pounded the zone and was able to go seven strong (innings), with not very many pitches.”

While Houser cruised, the Crabs added to their lead, scoring three times in the sixth and four in the eighth, the last two on a home run by pitcher-turned-pinch hitter Brian Bynum.

“Bynum comes to the yard every day, he always wants to hit,” said Fisher. “He takes (batting practice) every day. I talked to him, and told him ‘You’re a pitcher first, but I’ll find a way to get you some at-bats,’ and this was that spot.”

The Crabs had taken the series opener 7-2, powered by a strong pitching performance by Andrew Nelson, who improved to 2-0 on the season, and Alex Crosby, whose three-run homer in the third gave the Crabs a lead they would not relinquish.

They almost managed to pull off the comeback Saturday despite a lackluster performance. Taylor Tempel and Ramirez drove in runs in the ninth to knot things up at 4, but they couldn’t get another runner home from third. Then the first two Seals batters of the 10th walked, and both ultimately scored.

Earlier in the week, the Crabs beat the Valley Bears 5-2 in a single game on Wednesday. Crosby and Morgan McCasland doubled home runs in the first for an early lead, and Eureka’s Justin Hatch threw five innings of one-hit ball.

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McCasland, Crabs Start Things Off Right

The junior from New Mexico Highlands University hit for the cycle over the first two days of the season as the Crabs swept the Indians

by Erik Fraser/Humboldt Crabs

ARCATA (June 1, 2014) — Morgan McCasland made sure the Tyson Fisher era of Crabs baseball got off on the right foot.

The junior from New Mexico Highlands University hit for the cycle over the first two days of the season, going 3-for-3 with a double and a triple in a 10-0 Crabs win over the visiting Fairfield Indians on Saturday night, then jolting a three-run blast to center to help lift Humboldt out of an early hole en route to an 8-6 victory on Sunday.

“I was seeing the ball really well yesterday,” said McCasland. “They were giving me pitches to hit, and it’s a good ballpark to hit, the wind’s blowing out all the time I feel like. I struck a few times (on Sunday), but I got one pitch to hit and I put it over the fence.”

Fisher foresees big things from McCasland this summer.

“I think he got the cycle in 6 ABs, he’s a special player,” said Fisher. “ He’s a pretty humble guy off the field, and competes and gives us some good at-bats. Defensively he’s pretty good, too. I think he’s going to be a fan favorite and also a team favorite. I think he’s going to be a leader on this team.

Though it’s only been a couple of days, McCasland is loving Humboldt so far.

“It’s awesome,” he said. “These fans love us and I haven’t even met any of them. It’s a good atmosphere and I’m loving it.”

The atmosphere was as “awesome” as ever on opening weekend. On Saturday night, 1,559 fans packed into the Arcata Ball Park to welcome the Crabbies back into their lives for the 70th consecutive summer. Sunday wasn’t quite as packed, but those who were there went home happy after a perfect start to the year.

It took some work to make it perfect however, as the Indians took the early lead with a rapid-fire second inning rally. With two outs, five consecutive Fairfield hitters found a way to put the ball through the left side of the infield against starter Johnny Melero for a 5-1 lead.

But under their new coach the Crabs never panicked.

“I told them, ‘Don’t stress, just put some good swings on it,” said Fisher. “We had enough time to bounce back.”

And bounce back they did, thanks in large part to McCasland’s homer in the third, which made it 5-4. They would tie the game later in the inning on an RBI double by EJ Stanton.

Two runs in the sixth on hits by Beau Bozett and Taylor Tempel put the Crabs up for good. Brian Bynum picked up the win in relief of Melero.

On Saturday, Andrew Nelson got the call on the mound for the opener, and held the Indians in check until the Crabs’ offense could get rolling. And once it got rolling, it couldn’t be stopped. It started with back-to-back doubles by McCasland and AB Blanchett for a 1-0 lead after four innings.

That opened the flood gates, as they scored in every inning the rest of the way, ending the game a few minutes early when Alex Crosby doubled home Bozett in the eighth to invoke the 10-run rule.

The Crabs will get a few days off now to soak in opening weekend before returning to the field on Wednesday, when they play the Valley Bears at 7 p.m. And if the first two games are any indication, it’s going to be a fun season.

“This seems like a good group of guys,” said McCasland. “I’m looking forward to this summer.”

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Showtime!

Kyle Moses, the Crabs' 2013 Most Valuable Player, returns to lead the squad into its 70th season

By Erik Fraser/Humboldt Crabs

ARCATA (May 2014) — The Crabs are so excited to celebrate their 70th consecutive season of summer baseball that they couldn’t even wait until the calendar hit June to begin.

Yes, this year’s milestone season for the Crabbies begins on Saturday, the last day of May, against their old friends the Fairfield Indians at 7 p.m. This year’s team features a new coaching staff, four returning players, several local standouts, and a name that’s going to sound familiar to baseball fans.

Taking over at the helm this year is Fortuna native and former Crab Tyson Fisher. Helping him fill the big shoes left by outgoing manager Matt Nutter are assistants Eric Giacone, Andrew Ayers, and David Flores. Giacone, the current Eureka High coach, and Ayers, a high school star at St. Bernard’s, are also both Crabs alumni, and Flores is a one-time draft pick of the Houston Astros.

It always makes it easier on a new coaching staff if the team has a proven commodity in the lineup. And Fisher and Co. will definitely have that, as headlining the returning players is the team’s 2013 MVP, Kyle Moses.

Moses was the prototypical leadoff hitter for the team that won the Far West League title a year ago, leading the team in batting average, doubles, runs and stolen bases. But even those stats don’t show Moses’ full value to the team. He seemed to be in the middle of every big rally the Crabs had last year, and his enthusiasm in the dugout spread to everyone on the team.

Other familiar names Crabs fans will see include Trent Goodrich, who hit .313 as the team’s starting shortstop last year, and pitchers Brian Bynum and Andrew Nelson. Nelson wasn’t on the 2013 team, but was 4-0 with a 1.48 ERA in 2012.

Nelson also happens to be one of a number of local players on this year’s team. A pair of College of the Redwoods standouts, Ansel Cecil and Justin Hatch — both of whom were named Golden Valley Conference players of the week this season —  will trade their crimson and yellow for Crabs red and blue this summer. Cecil led the Corsairs with a .338 average and 18 stolen bases, and Hatch’s 2.74 ERA was second best on the team.
Lefty Zach Stone from UC Davis, who in high school was the Big 5 MVP as a sophomore at Eureka High, and catcher Luis Bressoud, add to the local flavor of the 2014 team.

As for that familiar name, there is one Manny Ramirez Junior on this year’s squad. Ramirez is the son of the former MLB star by the same name, and is already familiar with the Arcata Ball Park, having come up last year as a member of the California Warriors. And if you were there for those games, you know the kid has his dad’s power — he hit a pair of balls onto the freeway during their July visit.

That’s just a glimpse of what awaits Crabs fans in 2014. To get the whole story, you’re going to have to go out and watch it unfold.

Time to Start this Party!

ARCATA – The season is mere weeks away now, which means it's just about time for the season opening dinner! This year's event is on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Arcata Community Center, 321 Community Park Way.  Tickets for this event are presale only and it sells out quick!

• TICKETS ON SALE AT WILDBERRIES AND RAY'S FOOD STORES!

Social Hour: 6pm  (Local microbrews and wine)
Catered Dinner: 7pm
Tickets: Adults: $22, Youths: $15

Crusty Crab

The Crabs invite fans to attend the festivities celebrating their 70th consecutive season of baseball in Humboldt County, get a free program, buy 2014 Crabs gear, hear the Crab Grass Band, bid on auction items and meet the 2014 team.

Proceeds from the opening dinner, co-sponsored by the Crabs and the City of Arcata, will fund improvements at the Arcata Ball Park such as new bleachers, foul poles and new nets. The Humboldt Crabs rent the ballpark from the City of Arcata. In addition, legion baseball, little league, high school teams and other sumer baseball teams also rent the ballpark — so your generosity goes a long way to help improve the city-run ballpark.

During the evening, the Crabs will sponsor a silent auction. Crabs sponsors and local businesses generously donate gift baskets, gift certificates and other donated items to help keep Crabs baseball going in Humboldt County. We thank all our sponsors to have supported Humboldt County baseball since 1945. Click to see a full list of our 2013 sponsors here.

First pitch of the 2014 season will come the following day after the dinner on Saturday, May 31, 2014 when the Crabs take the field against the Fairfield Indians. For a 2014 schedule, click here.

If you'd like more information on how to donate a gift ceritifcate, basket or specialty item to the Crabs, please visit our Support the Crabs page to see an overview of partnership opportunities. 

If you'd like to donate a gift for either our fundraising dinner or for a special events giveaway during one of our games: Click here for downloadable form.

Season opening dinner form: auction items, gifts and donations.

Pints for Nonprofits at Mad River

Come out and have a good time for a good cause this Wednesday, May 7 at 5:30, as the Mad River Brewery hosts a Pints for Nonprofits night to benefit the Crabs!

Mad River Brewery makes the famous Steelhead Ale that we have at Crabs games. Their tasting room is at 101 Taylor Way in Blue Lake on the way out to the fish hatchery. Come join us for a pint and help support Crabs baseball.

We will also have passes, tickets, gear, hats and pocket schedules available, to get you all prepared for our upcoming 70th season. Hope to see you there!

Meet Crabs Assistant David Flores

1) What are you doing now career wise?

I am currently the infield and hitting coach at Chabot Junior College. We are currently having a great season, with a 20-6 record.

2) What is your baseball academy all about? How did you and Andrew Alvarado partner up and what's your mission with the Academy?

We partnered up for the academy to provide camps and clinics to kids in our area who cannot afford the fees for most other camps. We want to keep generating interest in baseball in our community. Our camps are normally free and provide a lot of fun and baseball education for the kids. Baseball never used to be an expensive sport to play but in todays world it can be very pricey. We’re doing our best to provide top-notch instruction for little to no money. The academy is going strong and growing every year.

3) What are some of your fondest memories from your playing days? With the Sacramento State Hornets, with the minor league team, with the Astros? Do you have any sports celebrity moments from your days in Texas?

Best time of my life was being a Hornet. I'm so grateful John Smith gave me an opportunity to play at Sac State. It’s hard to narrow down certain moments during my time in sac because the four years I was there were amazing. I would have to say traveling with the guys to different stadiums was the best part of it all. I never played on the big-league team but my favorite memory of playing pro ball was competing against all the super stars that are in the Major Leagues. I will never forget playing against the Trouts, Poseys, Bumgarners of the world. Playing pro ball was such a blessing and I enjoyed every second of it.

4) Will we be meeting your family this summer? How has the support from Mom and Dad helped you transition from player to coach?

Yes, my family and brother planned a trip to Humboldt the first week of July. They are excited to be a part of the Crabs tradition. As far as my parents go you couldn't ask for a better support cast. They knew hanging up the cleats was very difficult for me and they were there to support me all the way through it. My dad knows I’m going to make baseball a career for me, if its not playing then coaching. He loves the fact that I coach because to this today he enjoys going to ball games,

5) Matt Wilson from Pepperdine had nothing but good things to say about you, what’s your connection to him? And how did you meet Tyson Fisher?

I was fortunate enough to play with Wilson my freshmen year. After that Wilson became a grad assistant. We also roomed together my sophomore year. Wilson loves and knows the game. I learned a lot from him while he was at sac state. I actually met Tyson through Reggie Christiansen, the current Sac State baseball coach. I met Reggie through my days at Sacramento. He knows I have a passion for the game and would like to further my coaching experience. He recommended coaching for the crabs and set me up with Tyson. 

6) What MLB coach would you most like to personify?

My favorite MLB coach would have to be A's manager Bob Melvin. I love his coaching style. He lets his players play and defends them when needed. He seems to never get too excited and too down. That's exactly how I am. I try to be the same person everyday.

7) What are some of your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

My biggest hobby is mountain biking. I got into it about 3 years ago and love it. I try to ride as much as possible. The more technical the trail, the better. I'm bringing up my mountain bike to Humboldt so I hope to discover some new trails.

8) Have you ever been up to Humboldt before and what is your perception about the Lost Coast as we call it?

I have never been up to Humboldt but I've only heard good things from former Crab players. I'm just looking forward to the new environment. I have a passion for coaching and I know and heard the Crabs do an amazing job with the summer program. I am excited to be apart of it all. I am one of those guys who loves spending a lot of my time at the yard so chances are you can find me there.

9) If you could have lunch with any famous baseball player, who would it be and why?

When I was younger I would have said A-Rod but that all went out the window a couple years ago. I would want to go to dinner with Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera. I would love to pick his brain about the game of baseball. He also seems like a really funny guy.

10) How would you describe your style of coaching?

My style of coaching is to help the kids in any way I can. I love working with kids who love to get better. I am a real chill, laid back type of coach. That being said I think the players who play for me see and understand how much time and effort I put into the team. I think they truly respect that when it comes time to instruct or discipline them. They understand that I know how to teach the game the right way. I was blue-collar hard working player and I expect my players to be the same way.

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