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Colt .45s Cool Off Crabs

The Humboldt Crabs dropped a series for the first time all year this weekend, as the Redding Colt .45s took two out of three games at the Arcata Ballpark.

The Colt 45's were able to sneak away with both the Friday night and the Sunday afternoon games, with the Crabs taking the middle game. Sunday's game was not considered a Far West League game because the Crabs are also playing in Redding later in July (where only the first two games will be league games again).  

Game 1 
On Friday night there was a pitcher's duel at the ballpark — with the exception of Redding's half of the third inning. Other than that frame, there was zero run production. But in that inning, the Colt .45s put enough hits together to seal their victory.

There seemed no way to stop Redding's hitters in the third. The .45s had three consecutive singles, followed by an error by the third baseman, a sac fly, a double, and another pair of singles to go up by six early. The Crabs were able to stop the bleeding, but were incapable of putting runs on the board against the pitching of Redding.

For Humboldt, Drew Bradshaw took the loss on the mound. Bradshaw gave up all six runs on eight hits with no walks and a single strikeout in three and one-third innings. The win was picked up by David Hearne, who went five innings.

The Crabs were unable to put much together at the plate or on the basepaths, as they were shut out for the first time all season. Offensively the Crabs were led by Caleb Wood. Wood went 2-for-4 with a strikeout and two stolen bases.

Final score: Redding 6, Crabs 0

Game 2
On Saturday the Crabs found a way to get to the .45s pitchers early and chip away for an eventual victory. It seemed very much like the roles of the two teams had been reversed from the previous day.  

The Crabs got on the board in the 2nd and 4th innings via a pair of long-balls by Sergio Sanchez. Both massive blasts were no-doubters off of the bat. Sanchez's first solo bomb went deep over the center field fence while the second was slammed over the left field fence and onto Highway 101. Both Sanchez home runs were lead-off solo shots. Sanchez went 3-for-3 with two homers, a walk and two RBIs.  

The winning pitcher for the Crabs was Chad Hodges. Hodges went six innings allowing one run on six hits allowing one run on six hits with a walk and 10 strikeouts. Luckily for Humboldt, Hodges continues to be the best pitcher this season and collected a much-needed victory.  

Final score: Crabs 5, Redding 1

Game 3
Sunday's game didn't count as a league game but was fought hard just the same. The Crabs could do little against Redding's pitcher Jacob Doyle, who struck out many with his wide array of off-speed pitches that kept the Crabs off-balance throughout his time on the mound.

One of the only bright spots for the Crabs at the plate was Clay Cederquist's solo jack over the right field fence. Cederquist hadn't done a lot up to this point at the plate, but he gave Humboldt a bit of momentumn.  

The losing pitcher for the Crabs was Johnny Melero. Melero did alright on the mound but gave up quite a bit of offense before he exited the game. Melero went five innings surrendering three runs on nine hits with one walk and four strikeouts.

The winning pitcher, Doyle, went seven and one-third innings surrendering only one run on five hits with only a single walk and six strikeouts.  

Final score: Redding 5, Crabs 2

The Crabs play the Solano Mudcats next in a three-game series. The Wednesday doubleheader will be a pair of 7-inning games starting at 5:30 p.m., and Thursday is the Fourth of July, with a midday game at 12:30.

Crabs, Gold Sox Split

ARCATA (June 27) — The constant threat of rain didn't put a damper on things when the Marysville Gold Sox rolled into Arcata for a two-game series. A big fourth inning and a clutch hit in the ninth gave the Gold Sox a 6-5 win on Tuesday to snap the Crabs' nine-game winning streak, but Humboldt rebounded in a big way on Wednesday, winning 8-2.

In the opener, the Crabs scored first, plating two in the third. But while pitcher Ruben Rios had breezed through the lineup the first time through, the Sox got to him in the fourth. Tommy Lininger's one-out single was the fist of five straight hits against Rios, the last three being doubles. When the dust (mud?) settled, the visitors held a 5-2 lead.

Trailing 5-3 entering the eighth, the Crabs gave their fans a glimmer of hope, as Cullen Hendrickson's second homer of the year tied things at 5. But the glimmer faded in the ninth, but Brad Gerig's two-out single drove in Javier Ledford with what proved to be the difference-maker.

The Crabs got their revenge, however, as they rode the hot bats of Hendrickson and Kyle Moses to victory. Moses, the team's leading hitter with a .390 average, got things started by doubling in two runs as the Crabs went up 3-0 in the second. Then, leading 4-2 in the sixth, the two had back-to-back run-scoring hits, and both would later score in a four-run inning that effectively sealed the deal.

Leland Tilley earned the win with five solid innings in his first start of the season. Jacob Coats, Toby Woods and Steven Thompson combined for four scoreless innings from the bullpen.

This weekend the Redding Colt .45s take a respite from the head as they head over highway 299 to Humboldt. Friday night is Cowboy Night sponsored by KRED 92.3 FM Big Red Country. Sunday is Camo Day, Socks for Soldiers, Military Appreciation and Veterans Day, and the Crabs will be wearing camo jerseys!

Crabs Outshine Pearl in Sweep

This weekend the Humboldt Crabs welcomed the Neptune Beach Pearl for a four game series at the Arcata Ballpark. The series was book-ended by a pair of serious Far West League contests with the outcome in doubt until the very end. The games on Saturday lacked the drama that Friday and Sunday had, but the end result was the same, as the Crabs swept the four-game series.

Game 1

The Pearl and Crabs both went scoreless through the first two innings. In the 3rd, Neptune Beach hung three on the board and held Humboldt scoreless until the 5th. Crabs scored one in the 4th and two in the 5th to tie up the score after six innings were completed. neither team scored in the 6th or 7th innings. The Crabs scored a pair of runs in the 8th to take a lead into the top of the 9th. In the 9th the Pearl were able to plate a run, but Neptune Beach was still a run down when they got their third out of the inning.

The Crabs winning pitcher, Jacob Coats, came out of the bullpen and collected a meaningful victory in the process. Coats went an inning and a third, not allowing a hit or a walk while on the mound. Leading the Crabs offensively was, leadoff man, Kyle Moses. Moses went 1-for-1 with two walks and a triple. 

The losing pitcher for the Pearl was John Williamson. Leading Neptune Beach on offense was also the leadoff batter, Derek Nakasato. Nakasato went 2-for-5 with an RBI.

Final score: Neptune Beach Pearl 4 - Humboldt Crabs 5

Game 2

The Saturday early game of the doubleheader was less than impressive. The game was interesting and exciting thru five innings with a score of 3-to-3. In the sixth the Crabs knocked in four runs and tacked on another eight runs in the 7th inning to put the win beyond the reach of Neptune Beach.

Bryan Bynum was the winning pitcher for the Crabs. Bynum went six innings giving up three runs on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Cameron Olson led the offense by going 2-for-2 with five RBIs and two walks. One of Olson's two hits was a mammoth grand slam to straight-away center, it was his second homerun of the season.

Jake Andrews collected a loss for the visiting Pearl. Andrew went five and two-thirds innings while giving up seven runs on six hits with two walks and a strikeout. The relief pitchers for the Pearl walked people left and right and made life difficult for his fielders. The bats were cold for most of the day but the offense was led by John Williamson. Williamson went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a strikeout. His RBI came on a solo homerun.

Final score: Pearl 5 - Crabs 15

Game 3

The late game on Saturday was a slow-moving affair without a lot of intensity. The weather was good, but the baseball was not scintillating. The Crabs took a four run lead in the bottom of the 1st inning and never looked back on their way to a short-game victory over the Pearl.

Chad Hodges was the winning pitcher for Humboldt. Hodges gave up three runs on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts. The Crabs busted out early on the Pearl and were led by Kyle Moses, yet again. Moses went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Jacob Valdez picked up the loss for the visiting Pearl. Valdez went only two and two-thirds innings and gave up six runs on two hits and five walks. The offense was led by Derek Nakasato who went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a walk.

Final score: Pearl 3 - Crabs 9

Game 4

The final game of this four game series was, by far, the most intriguing. There were ups and downs for both teams as well as a couple web gems and a heap of errors on both sides. Neither team seemed to be on their defensive A-game, but the bats had been properly warmed up. It was such an evenly matched game that it carried into the 10th inning to decide the victor.

Offensively the Crabs were led by Sergio Sanchez and Kyle Moses. Sanchez went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, courtesy of a behemoth blast onto Highway 101. Kyle Moses went 3-for-4 with an RBI and his tenth stolen base of the season. Moses also started the 10th inning with a drive down the left-field line that was stretched into a double. In the 10th with two outs, Moses scored the winning run on a wild pitch to clinch the sweep for the Crabs. The winning pitcher for the Crabs was Jacob Coats, who came in to close a hard-fought battle. The starting pitcher, Johnny Melero, went five and one-third innings giving up six runs on eight hits with three walks and a pair of strikeouts.

The Pearl offense was led by Andrew Pitsch and Myles Babitt. Pitsch went 1-for-4 with four RBIs and a walk. His one hit was another blast onto Highway 101.Babitt went 4-for-5 with an RBI and a walk. The starting pitcher for Neptune Beach was Trent Shelton who went six and a third innings surrendering seven runs on eleven hits while allowing four walks along with three strikeouts.

Final score: Pearl 7 - Crabs 8

The Crabs are now in second place in the Far West League, but have a bunch of league games remaining. After the weekend series the Crabs are 17-3 (7-1 FWL). The next series on the schedule will be against the Marysville Goldsox on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. On Wednesday it will be cowbell night out at the ballpark, so be sure to show up early and make some noise for the Crabs!

McCoy, Crabs Sweep Seals

The Humboldt Crabs turned on the power this week in a pair of wins against Seals Baseball Club, and Zack McCoy supplied most of it.

McCoy hit his first homer of the year in the first inning of Tuesday's 13-3 win, and topped that with a grand slam early in Wednesday's contest to completely erase an early 4-0 deficit as the Crabs finished the sweep with a 12-8 victory on Wednesday.

Cullen Hendrickson also homered Tuesday — on the first pitch he saw in a Crabs uniform. Kyle Moses stayed hot, going 3-for-3 from the leadoff spot as the team totaled 16 hits in just six innings of work. Ruben Rios threw five solid innings for the win.

Wednesday's game was a somewhat sloppy contest, as the teams combined to issue 16 walks. The Seals took advantage of two walks and an error in the first as they went up 3-0 in the first, and added another run in the second.

But that lead was short-lived, as walks helped fuel the Crabs' rally in the second. Trent Goodrich started things with a one-out double, then Nick Minteer and Chris Akmon drew consecutive walks. One out later, Hendrickson was hit by a pitch, forcing in the Crabs' first run and bringing McCoy to the plate.

In a flash, McCoy had his second home run of the weekend and the Crabs were leading 5-4. The Seals, however, showed much more fight in this game, and they tied the game with a homer of their own in the third, and went ahead 6-5 in the fourth. However, two bases-loaded walks put the Crabs ahead to stay in the bottom of the inning.

Cameron Law got the win in relief of Connor Chase.

The Crabs resume league play on Friday, welcoming the Neptune Beach Pearl to town, and the weekend is also chock full of special events! Friday will be Chris and Rachel's wedding on the field before the game starts. Saturday is Crabs Apparel Night. Many of you wear the red and blue all the time already, but everyone needs to step it up a notch and fill the place up with Crabs gear. And then on Sunday, it's Sequoia Humane Society Day, and adoptable dogs will ben in the park.

Tickets are available at the box office, as well as several local outlets. It should be quite a weekend, so come on out!

Moses' Suspenders Lift Crabs to Series Win

Before Sunday's game, Kyle Moses sat in the Crabs dugout as a couple of teammates helped fit him with a pair of bright red suspenders. Not your typical fashion for today's young ballplayers, but this was not a typical day, this was Suspenders Day, to honor the birthday of late Crabs President and Boardmember Jerry Nutter.

Those suspenders seemed to give Moses superpowers. He flew threw the air to make a diving catch to end the top of the first, threw out a runner at home in the fifth, scored three runs, and capped off a thrilling Father's Day at the Arcata Ballpark by driving in the winning run in the ninth inning, lifting the Crabs over the Menlo Park Legends 6-5.

"I think the suspenders were there for us," said Matt Nutter, Jerry's son and manager of the Crabs. "Kyle threw the guy out at the plate — almost two — and was all over the place in the outfield as usual, and then he came up big in the last 'AB' there."

The victory gave the Crabs a 3-1 series win in their first Far West League action of the year, following a 4-2 loss on Friday night and a pair of 7-2 victories on Saturday.

"I think this weekend was a wakeup call for these guys," said Nutter, suggesting that his team hadn't brought the same intensity as their opponents in the series opener. "Maybe Friday night was the game we needed. These guys came back out and answered the bell, three in a row against a good ball club, so I'm proud of them, and hopefully they'll keep it rolling."

Game 1

In the Far West League opener for the Crabs, the fans were treated to a back-and-forth battle with two dominant pitchers on the mound. Both Andrew Herrera of Menlo Park and Drew Bradshaw of Humboldt kept opposing batters off-balance for the entirety of their starts, with Herrera and the Legends winning the duel 4-2

Bradshaw stayed in the game into the 8th inning, but was unable to leave with a lead. Bradshaw allowed four runs on 11 hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. Herrera went eight innings allowing two runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
Game 2

For the first game of the day's double-header the Crabs sent Brian Bynum to the mound in hopes of a dominating performance. They got what they wanted with Bynum, as he went seven innings, allowing only one run on four hits with four strikeouts and a walk in a 7-2 Crabs win.

The offensive leaders for the Crabs were Clay Cederquist, Cameron Olson, and Trent Goodrich. They all went 2-for-4 in the game. Olson dropped his first bomb of the summer into the City Hall parking lot, the second homer by the Crabs this season.
Game 3

A short game was on the schedule for the back end of the day's double-header. The Crabs were finally able to score men in scoring position regularly and walked away with a second straight 7-2 win. Only two members of the Crabs starting lineup went hitless in the game.

The winning pitcher was Chad Hodges, who went six innings allowing two runs on five hits with five walks and three strikeouts. The save went to the Crabs closer Thomas Cortese.
Game 4

Our Father's Day game was a series-ender for the ages. It was a nail-biter throughout with plenty of late game drama.

The Legends and Crabs both got a run in the first and scored in the 3rd inning. Menlo Park put up one in the third while the Crabs hung a crooked number, with three runs. The Crabs took that lead into the sixth inning when they allowed the Legends to score two runs and tie the game. The Crabs regained the lead in the 7th inning with a solo run to go up 5-4. Legend hitter, Danny Miller, brought his team back with a single swing of the bat which sent a no-doubter over the right-center wall. Tied at fives, the Crabs had a lot of pressure heading into the home half of the 9th

The first batter of the inning, Goodrich, got on base with a nifty single into the shallow outfield. During Caleb Wood's at-bat Goodrich stole second, even though the Legends had gone for a pitch-out to catch the runner. Wood did his duty to move over the runner with a sac bunt, putting the win within 90 feet of home plate. Next up was Moses, who slapped a line drive past the drawn-in infielders for the RBI and the walk-off victory.

Crabs Sweep Visiting Lumberjacks

In their last tuneups before the league season begins, the Humboldt Crabs swept a two-game midweek set against the Bay Area Lumberjacks on Tuesday and Wednesday by scores 2-1 and 13-5.

In Tuesday's game, Ruben Rios turned in a solid performance over seven innings to earn the win. A run that scored on a failed double play attempt in the second was the only blemish on his record.

And Rios needed to be good, because his counterpart, Rob Ellis, didn't fare too badly either, holding the Crabs to a season-low two runs. Both of those runs came in the fourth. After singling to lead off, Jeremie Fagnan stole second and third, then score the tying run on a wild pitch. A short time later, Tyler Shannon doubled in Nick Minteer for the go-ahead run.

Rios yielded to new arrival Connor Chase in the eighth, and Thomas Cortese in the ninth. Cortese earned the save by strking out three of the four batters he faced.

Wednesday night's game quickly revealed itself to be a different beast. The runs came early and often, and after three-and-a-half innings it was tied at 5. However, from there on it was all Crabs. They broke the tie in the bottom of the fourth, tacked on two more in the fifth, and then hung up a five-spot in the seventh, thanks to RBI-hits by Fagnan, Sergio Sanchez and Chris Akmon.

Zack McCoy picked up the win by pitching 1 1/3 innings in relief of Nick Mikkelson, a new addition to the team from St. Bernard's.

Now the Crabs face their first Far West League opponent of the season, the Menlo Park Legends. The Legends are off to a fast start, boasting a 7-2 overall record and a 3-1 league record as they share a very early league lead with the Walnut Creek Crawdads.

The Crabs and Legends' four-game series begins Friday at 7:00 p.m., then plays a Saturday doubleheader with an early start time of 12:30 p.m., and wraps up with a single game on Father's Day at 12:30 p.m.

(Re)Introducing Crabcasts!

A couple of years ago, we posted the first of what was intended to be a series of podcasts. Well, they're back, thanks to the efforts of our awesome volunteer, Alan Scott.

Alan has introduced a pregame show to our daily radio broadcasts, and he was kind enough to share the recordings with us to use here. The first four episodes of this year have been posted, with more to come throughout the season. The original two Crabcasts from 2011 are there as well. We hope you enjoy them!

Crabs Send Prune Packers Packing

ARCATA (June 10) — With their roster getting closer and closer to being fully here, the Humboldt Crabs took three-of-four from the visiting Healdsburg Prune Packers over the course of a beautiful June weekend at the Arcata Ball Park. They won the opener 4-2 on Friday, then dropped the first game of Saturday's doubleheader 5-4 before unleashing the offense in a pair of mercy-rule wins in Saturday's nightcap and Sunday's series final, 10-0 and 13-3.

"I liked it," said Crabs manager Matt Nutter. "We're starting to gel a little bit, starting to get guys in, and except for the one game we dropped I thought we played well."

Nutter was particularly please to see the Crabs' offense get untracked in the final two games.

"We were a little slow out of the box early, but came on there in the last two games and hit the ball really well," he said.

Game 1

The Crabs started off Friday's night game with a trio of errors, handing a pair of unearned runs to Healdsburg in the top of the 1st inning. The newly-arrived infielders booted some easy ground balls to open up the door to the visiting Prune Packers. All of the infielders with errors were in their first game in a Crabs uniform and seemed to feel the pressure a bit. The Crabs answered back with a run of their own in the bottom of the 1st inning.

The Crabs gathered their nerves and shutdown the Packers offense for the rest of the game. Humboldt added one run at a time in the 2nd, the 3rd, and the 7th innings to beat the Prune Packers 4-2 in the first game of the weekend series.

The winning pitcher for the Crabs, with a complete game victory, was Drew Bradshaw. Bradshaw went nine innings with three hits, two walks, and eight strikeouts.

The losing pitcher for the Prune Packers was Peter Thorson. Thorson went eight innings, allowing four runs on six hits with three walks and eight strikeouts.

Leading the offense for Humboldt was Chris Akmon, who went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Healdsburg was led by Francis Griffin, who went 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base.  

Game 2

The opening of Saturday's doubleheader was scoreless thru the first three innings. In the top of the 4th inning Healdsburg plated a single run. Humboldt quickly responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning. The Crabs tacked on another run in the 7th inning, but allowed three runs to the Prune Packers in the top of the 8th and a single run in the top of the 9th. Humboldt was able to score a single run in the bottom of the 9th inning but fell a run short on the right-field scoreboard.

The losing pitcher for the Crabs was reliever Connor Chick, who gave up four runs on five hits with three walks and a strikeout. The Crabs starter, Brian Bynum, went seven innings allowing one run on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Winning pitcher for the Prune Packers was Devin Breining. He pitched one inning with one strikeout. The Packers starter, Cameron Mayville, went six innings giving up three runs on seven hits with a pair of walks and strikeouts.

Healdsburg's offense was led by Kevin Castillo who went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a walk. The Prune Packers defense was led by catcher, Elliot North. North gunned down three consecutive steal attempts in the game and none of the calls were even close.

Humboldt's offensive leaders were Caleb Wood and Zack McCoy. Wood went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and was caught stealing. McCoy went 3-for-4 and scored three out of the team's four runs in the ball game.  

Game 3

The nightcap of the double-header was not as exciting as the previous game had been, but it ended with a bang.

The Crabs jumped on the Prune Packers early by scuffing up starting pitcher Andre Holmes for six runs on five hits and four walks in two and a third innings. The Prune Packers continued to walk batters after Holmes' exit and soon found themselves sinking against the Crabs.

Crabs starting pitcher, Chad Hodges, went all five innings allowing no runs on two hits with nine strikeouts and one walk. The 2nd game of this double-header was only scheduled for seven innings, which is why the 10-run rule was called in the 5th inning.

The night was capped by the most exciting play of the four game series in the bottom of the 5th inning. Jeremie Fagnan came to the plate with a man on and blasted a ball well beyond the right-field fence on a night where the breeze was blowing straight in from right-center. The homer was the first of the Crabs 69th season.

Game 4

For the Prune Packers, the problems began before the ceremonial first pitch. Their slated starting pitcher was scratched due to rotator cuff issues when he was warming up. Healdsburg had to start the game with their already exhausted bullpen taking the mound. They quickly allowed three hits and six walks in the 1st inning which plated six runs for the Crabs. Humboldt only needed to hold steady to all but lock up the series with three wins and one loss.

Healdsburg fired back with runs in the 3rd and 4th innings but they were only able to muster three runs in those innings. Humboldt finished strong with two runs in the 6th, two runs in the 7th, and three runs in the eighth to seal a 10-run victory yet again.

Healdsburg was led on offense by lead-off man Marty Greinke, who went 2-for-4. Losing pitcher for the Prune Packers was Matt Wheeler with less then an inning under his belt.

Humboldt was led on offense by Pete Miller and Nick Minteer. They combined to go 5-for-8 with five runs, one RBI, and two walks. The winning pitcher for the Crabs was Johnny Melero with seven innings allowing seven hits resulting in three runs with two walks and two strikeouts.

The Crabs want to thank the Prune Packers for being such a class act on the field and in the stands. It was an honor for all involved to host a team with such great sportsmanship. Healdsburg even hung around post-game to high-five a couple hundred kids as they ran the bases at the conclusion of Sunday's game.

Do You Feel a Draft?

ARCATA (June 9, 2013) — The 2013 Major League Baseball draft was held this week, and, it was a good time to be a former Crab, as five players who spent at least one summer at the Arcata Ballpark got that coveted phone call.

Outfielder Justin Higley, a 2011 Crab who went to Sacramento State, was the first of the four to hear his name called, as the Oakland A's selected him in the 13th round, 401st overall.

Next up was pitcher Tyler Stirewalt of Fresno State, who was on the Crabs' 2012 team. He was picked in the 21st round, 620th overall by the Minnesota Twins.

Andrew Ayers, the loca boy who starred at St. Bernard's in high school and was named the Crabs' Best Offensive Player in 2010, was taken in the 30th round, 894th overall, by the Kansas City Royals.

2011 Crabs MVP and fan favorite Ivory Thomas will be joining Stirewalt in the Twins' system after they took him in the 34th round, No. 1010 overall.

And Ty Afenir, the Crabs 2012 starting Shortstop, was taken in the 39th round, No. 1184 overall, by the Washington Nationals.

Congrats to all of four of these outstanding players, and good luck to them all as they continue their baseball careers!

Off and Flying

ARCATA (June 2, 2013) — Despite having less than half the team here for opening weekend, the Crabs started their 69th consecutive season off well by winning two of three against the Fairfield Indians, who returned as the traditional opening opponent after a one-year hiatus.

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"We basically had two pitchers per game this weekend, and it kind of showed at times," said Crabs manager Matt Nutter, "And we've got six position players and a bunch of old coaches, so to take two out of three, we'll take it."

The old coaches Nutter was referring to were Jeff Giacomini, Brad Morgan, and Spencer Duggan, who won't be eligible to play in league games, but pitched in to help fill out the roster as the team waits for the rest of its players to finish school, finish their college seasons, or both.

Despite the shortened bench, the Crabs nearly pulled off a sweep. In Sunday's series finale, the home team let 4-3 with two outs in the ninth, but couldn't get that crucial 27th out in time. Rupert Watson doubled to deep right-center to drive in the tying and go-ahead runs, and came around to score an insurance run shortly thereafter in a 6-4 Indians victory.

The Crabs had taken both games on Saturday, the first in a blowout, the second in a walkoff. In the opener, on a beautiful sunny afternoon, Drew Bradshaw made sure his return to Arcata got off on the right foot, as he cruised through seven innings before handing off to another returner, Ruben Rios for the final two.

The Crabs put up a run in the first, two in the third, and one in the fourth, before blowing the doors off with a six-run seventh. Clay Cederquist, Zack McCoy, Nick Minteer and Peter Miller each had two hits, and seven different Crabs drove in runs in the 10-0 win.

Anyone hoping that the evening game would be just as easy would have been disappointed by the nightcap, but those who wanted to see a tightly contested game with dramatics at the end were not. Each team scored twice in the first, the Crabs took a 3-2 lead in the third, and the Indians answered in the fourth to tie it at 3.

Things stayed that way for quite some time, as the Indians' Ben Monroe and the Crabs' combo of Connor Chick and Thomas Cortese held opposing offenses in check.

Finally, with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and the crowd on its feet cheering him on like it was 2012 again, Duggan blooped a single to left, just out of the diving reach of left fielder Lamar Smith, to drive in Kyle Moses from second with the winning run.

The Crabs' next game is Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. against the local Humboldt Sluggers squad. Hope to see you there!

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