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Lights Out — Literally and Figuratively

 

The term "lights out" is often used in baseball to describe an outing like the one Cameron Law had in the first game of a doubleheader against the Auburn Wildcats on Wednesday. But rarely does the phrase apply literally in a game, as it did at the end of a thrilling comeback win for the Humboldt Crabs in the nightcap.

After rallying from down 5-2 to tie the game in the seventh, the Crabs headed into the bottom of the ninth looking to end things, as the clock was quickly approaching 11:00. Trent Goodrich did so, driving in Sergio Sanchez with the winning run, and at the moment Sanchez crossed the plate, the Arcata Ball Park went dark — the victim of an automated shutoff system

Goodrich's two-out knock completed an impressive comeback after a pair of Auburn home runs had put the Crabs in an early hole. They climbed out of that hole in the seventh with a pair of doubles by Kyle Moses and Caleb Wood, tying the game when consecutive fly-outs by Sanchez and Cameron Olsen brought Wood around to score. Things would stay that way — thanks in part to winning pitcher Leland Tilley — until exactly 11:00, when the Crabs turned out the lights on the series.

Six hours earlier, Law had taken the mound and dominated the Wildcats. He allowed just three hits in seven innings while striking out nine.

The Crabs had taken an early lead on two straight RBI-groundouts by Olson and Clay Cederquist. They added another run in the second and two in the fourth, and let Law Cruise. When his night was over, Toby Woods and Nick Mikkelson completed the 5-0 shutout.

The regular season wraps up this weekend with a four-game Far West League series against the California Seals. The Far West League All-Star Game is Tuesday in Marysville, and the campaign wraps up with the FWL Tournament in Arcata next Friday through Sunday.

 

Trending Up

ARCATA (July 15) — Looks like a trend is developing here. And that ain't a bad thing.

This weekend, for the third consecutive series in Far West League play, the Crabs dropped the series opener, then pulled off three straight wins. And with a 9-3 record over the past 12 games — all league contests — the Crabs now have a 1 1/2-game lead atop the FWL standings.

First came Top Speed Baseball, then there were the California Warriors, and most recently it was the Walnut Creek Crawdads, who won Friday night's contest 4-3, before being swept 9-2 and 6-1 in a Saturday doubleheader and then losing 6-4 in Sunday's finale.

The Crabs might have had a sweep if not for four errors on Friday that fed the Crawdads' side of the scoreboard some runs they didn't earn. But after falling behind in the opening frame of Saturday's first game, the Crabs got the adrenaline shot they needed when Sergio Sanchez reached down and clubbed a two-run freeway ball to even the score at 2.

Sanchez put the Crabs ahead 3-2 in the third with an RBI-double that might have been hit harder than the home run. Humboldt added another run in the fifth, then hung up a crooked number in the sixth, plating four runs to go up 8-2. Caleb Wood had the big blow, a bases-loaded knock that produced three runs, thanks in part to a Crawdads error.

On the mound, Chad Hodges was extremely efficient, kept his pitch count low, and went the distance to improve his perfect record to 6-0.

In the nightcap, Cullen Hendrickson and Cameron Olson homered, and Jeffrey Hendrix, Zack McCoy, and Wood each had two hits. Johnny Melero made sure the bullpen could take the entire day off, as he went all seven innings in the shorter game, scattering nine hits and allowing only an unearned run.

On Sunday, the Crawdads did all they could to break the trend, rallying with two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth. But McCoy and Hendrickson hit back-to-back two-out doubles in the home half of the inning to produce the final margin of victory.

The Crabs hit the road this week for their only trip of the year. They'll be in Klamath Falls on Wednesday and Thursday for a brief respite from league play, before continuing on to Redding to play the Colt .45s over the weekend. As was the case when the .45s came to Arcata, Sunday's game is not a league contest. The boys return home on July 24 for the final week of the regular season.

 

Olson's Wood and Wood's Leather

Teammates mob Caleb Wood after his diving grab saved an 8-7 victory on Sunday.

ARCATA (July 7) — For a split second off the crack of the bat, it looked like the Humboldt Crabs' ninth inning lead was gone. But with a flash of the leather, Caleb Wood saved the lead, the game, a 3-1 series victory over visiting Top Speed Baseball, and first place in the Far West League.

The Crabs had led Sunday's series finale 8-5 entering the ninth, but after getting a quick first out, Crabs reliever Jacob Coats ran into trouble. First came Jayce Ray's home run, followed by a rally that saw Top Speed score again and load the bases for Matt Owen.

Owen smacked a 2-2 pitch hard up the middle for what looked like a go-ahead, two-run single, but the second baseman Wood leapt to his right, and with full extension, caught the ball mid-air. Then, seemingly in slow motion, he looked up from the ground to see Trent Goodrich standing over him at second, waiting for Wood to toss him the ball for the game-ending double-play.

The sudden end sent a shockwave through the Crabs and the fans, all of whom collectively paused for a brief moment of "Did I really just see that?!?" and then the Arcata Ball Park went wild, celebrating an 8-7 win, the Crabs' third in four games against Top Speed.

The game had been a battle, with the Crabs leading most of the way but never comfortably. Jeremie Fagnan drove in runs with a  groundout, a double, and a sac fly, and Nick Minteer, Kyle Moses, Clay Cederquist, Goodrich and Wood all had multi-hit games. Meanwhile, Steven Thompson (2-0) ground his way through five innings of work to earn the win before giving way to the bullpen.

The weekend hadn't gotten off to such a happy start for the home team, as four errors contributed to a 4-3 Crabs loss on Friday night, despite a pair of opposite field home runs, a two-run shot by Sergio Sanchez in the third, and a solo job from Chris Akmon in the sixth.


Cameron Olson's three home runs provided nearly all the Crabs' offense on Saturday.

The Crabs rebounded on Saturday, which was owned by Cameron Olson. He homered three times in two games, driving in five of the Crabs six runs in a 6-2 win in the first game, and then the only run of a 1-0 victory in the nightcap.

Olson's offensive outburst supported outstanding performances by two Crabs pitchers, Chad Hodges and Johnny Melero. Hodges, who is quietly showing himself to be possibly the Crabs' most reliable starter this season,  improved to 5-0 on the year with 7 2/3 innings in the opener. Melero followed that up with the 7-inning complete game shutout in the second contest.

Melero's night nearly went down in flames in the sixth, but a pair of nice plays by third baseman Tyler Shannon preserved the Crabs' slim lead. Top Speed had loaded the bases with no outs, But Shannon snagged Neal Jacobs' high chopper and threw home for out number one. The relay to first was not in time, but the next batter, Alex Sortwell, also hit the ball to Shannon. Again Shannon went home, but this time Peter Miller's throw to first just beat Sortwell, ending the inning with no damage done.

Winning the series means the Crabs escape with a half-game lead over Top Speed as the teams jockey for seeding in the FWL tournament. The Crabs will look to stay on top as they welcome the California Warriors to town this week for a rare four-game midweek set from Tuesday to Thursday. The Warriors are one of several teams in a logjam in the middle of the FWL standings, and will be fighting hard to stay afloat. They just took two of three from the Neptune Beach Pearl, though one of the wins didn't count in the league standings.

Tuesday and Thursday's games are at 7 p.m.; Wednesday's doubleheader starts at 5:30. Wednesday is Save Second Base Night, a special night to honor breast cancer research and awareness. Thursday is our annual Cleats for Kids Night, so gather up any old baseball equipment to donate to this great cause!

Welcome to the Club!

ARCATA (July 2) — The Humboldt Crabs are pleased to announce our Hall of Fame Class of 2013. The second group ever to be inducted into the Crabs Hall of Fame spans six decades of Crabs history:

Eddie Oliveira (1945-1960) ~ Don Carter (1959-1961, 1964)

Sandy Vance (1966) ~ Mark Marquess (1966-67) ~ Randy Niemann (1975)

Craig Lefferts (1978) ~ Steve Olin (1985-86) ~ Tom Giacomini (1987-1991)

Mike Redmond (1991) ~ Brian Blauser (2003, 2005, 2006)

Team Honoree:

1968 Team ~ 42 wins/11 Losses

We hope you will join us for the induction ceremony between the Crabs games on Saturday, July 13. Come to the park early and visit with many players from Crabs history on Alumni weekend!

2013 Inductee Bios
compiled by Crabs Historian Brice Gummersall


Eddie Oliveira

  • Played for the Crabs from 1945 – 1960, in ’59 and ’60 was mostly the first base coach, but would play when team was short of players
  • Started at third base in the Crabs first game
  • Selected as the only third baseman on the “Times-Standard All-Time North Coast Baseball Team”
  • 1945 Arcata High Grad
  • Inducted into the  HSU Hall of Fame in 1964
  • #28 on the Times-Standard's “Players of the Century”
  • Coached the Arcata High Football team from 1956 - 1960
  • Carl Del Grande said of him, "Oliveira had excellent bat control. He usually led our team in hitting. He was very good at the hit-and-run play. He was a great athlete."

Don Carter

  • Played for the Crabs 1959-1961, 1964
  • Mostly played SS and batted third his first two years with the Crabs, then moved to 1st base
  • Had a four year minor league career, .314 pro career average

Gene “Sandy” Vance

  • Played for the Crabs in 1966
  • Threw three no hitters for Crabs (two in consecutive starts)
  • Won all three games he started in NBC World Series, in his first start he had 13 strikeouts, and had a 0.77 ERA in the tournament.
  • After his Freshman year at Stanford, he turned down a $75,000 signing fee offered by the Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Named to the California All State Tournament Team
  • Named the 1966 NBC Sandlot Player of the Year
  • Pitched for the Dodgers during the 1970 and 1971 seasons, forced to retired due to arm injury
  • His MLB Stats:

IP

W

L

ERA

G

GS

SV

CG

141

9

8

3.83

30

21

0

2

  • “I put my whole heart and soul into baseball.  Then one day it was over.  When you leave baseball you leave part of your childhood behind.” ~ Sandy Vance

Mark Marquess

  • Played first base for the Crabs in 1966 and 1967, usually was the clean-up hitter
  • Named to the 1966 NBC World Series All American Team
  • Member of the 1967 gold medal winning USA Baseball Team in the Pan-Am Games
  • Drafted by the White Sox in 1969; played 5 seasons in minors, combined stats are:

G

AB

R

H

2B

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

SLG

261

747

117

203

26

0

78

19

.272

.349

  • Coached 1988 USA team to Olympic Gold
  • While at Stanford, earned All-American honors in both baseball and football
  • Since 1977 has been Manager of Stanford’s baseball team, two time College World Series Champion: 1987 and 1988.
  • First person to win a gold medal over a Cuban baseball team as a player (1967 Pan-Am Games) and coach (1988 Olympics)
  • One of a dozen men to play and coach in the College World Series

Randy Niemann

  • From Fortuna
  • Played at CR
  • Played for the Crabs in 1975
  • #25 on the Times-Standards “Players of the Century”
  • Had an 8 year MLB career with five different teams (Astros, Pirates, White Sox, Mets, & Minnesota) His combined MLB stats are:

IP

W

L

ERA

G

GS

SV

CG

200

7

8

4.64

122

10

3

3

  • Won the World Series with the 1986 New York Mets
  • Currently the pitching coach for the Springfield Cardinals (AA team for the St. Louis Cardinals)

Craig Lefferts

  • Played for the Crabs in 1978, starting pitcher with a 6 – 1 record
  • Drafted by the Cubs in 1980, played in 696 games over a twelve year MLB career with six different teams (Cubs, Padres, Giants, Orioles, Rangers, and Angels), Combined MLB stats are:

IP

W

L

ERA

G

GS

SV

CG

1145.2

58

72

3.43

696

45

101

1

  • Last pitcher to hit a walk-off homerun (April 25, 1986 vs Giants)
  • Currently the pitching coach for the Vermont Lake Monsters (Short Season A, affiliated with Oakland A’s)
  • In 1985 was inducted into the University of Arizona Athletic Hall of Fame

Steve Olin

  • Played for the Crabs in 1985 & 1986
  • In 1985, he was 2 – 0 with a 4.16 ERA (as a reliever)
  • In 1986, he was a starter for the Crabs;  he was 6 – 1 with a 1.59 ERA
  • Drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 1987
  • Had a five year career with the Cleveland Indians (1989 – 1992)
  • Career MLB Stats:

IP

W

L

ERA

G

GS

SV

CG

273

16

19

3.10

195

1

48

0

  • Tragically died in a boating accident on March 22, 1993 during spring training

Tom Giacomini

  • Manager of the Crabs from 1987 – 1991
  • As manager had a 178 – 42 record (.809 winning percentage)
  • Left the Crabs after 1991 season because he became the AD at CR (AD from 1991 – 2001)
  • Head baseball coach at CR from 1970 - 1991
  • Defensive coordinator for CR’s football team 1969 – 1986
  • Coached the CR golf team 1994 – 2001
  • Member of CR’s Athletic Hall of Fame (2004)
  • Inducted into the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011

Mike Redmond

  • Catcher for the Crabs in 1991
  • During the last month of the Crabs season, he caught almost all of the games because the other two catchers were hurt
  • Signed by the Marlins as a free agent in 1992
  • Played in the major leagues for 13 seasons (Florida, Minnesota, & Cleveland)
  • Career MLB stats:

G

AB

R

H

2B

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

SLG

764

2264

208

649

117

13

243

1

.287

.358

  • World Series Champion with the 2003 Florida Marlins
  • Currently the manager of the Florida Marlins

Brian Blauser

  • Played for the Crabs in 2003, 2005, & 2006
  • During the 2005 and 2006 seasons, led the Crabs in homeruns (8 & 9, respectively), doubles (18 & 17), RBI (50 and 55), and slugging percentage (.679 & .794)
  • Crabs stats:

Year

G

AB

R

H

2B

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

SLG

2003

38

113

32

41

10

3

34

4

.363

.531

2005

39

131

30

45

18

50

50

2

.344

.679

2006

43

126

31

50

17

9

55

1

.397

.794

totals

120

370

93

136

45

20

139

7

.368

.673

bold =  Crabs season leader


1968 Crabs Team

  • Overall record: 42 – 11
  • California State National Baseball Congress Champions
  • Regular season champions of the Western Baseball Association with a 24 – 9 record
  • Finished tied for third place in the NBC World Series (5 – 2 record), Third Place game was rained out, so both teams agreed to a tie
  • At least twelve of the players on this team went on to play professionally.  Four of them played in the majors (Ken Crosby-P, Dane Iorg-OF, Rick Miller-OF, and Greg Shanahan-P)  Iorg had a 10 year MLB career and Miller had 15 year MLB career

Sources:

 

Newspapers & Periodicals

  • Arcata Eye
  • Arcata Union
  • Humboldt Standard
  • Humboldt Times
  • Humboldt Times-Standard
  • North Cost Journal
  • Osprey

Articles & Pamphlets

  • “Ned Barsuglia: Board Member, General Manager, and Chief Scout” by Scott Gourley
  • “The Humboldt Crabs All-Time Roster of Alumni Pros 1945 – 2003” by Dr. Joesph Giovanetti

Websites

Note on statistics: Statistics and recording statistics have changed.  The local papers in the 1940’s and early 1950’s only listed at-bats, hits, put outs, assists, and errors for batters.  Also, from the mid 1950’s until the mid 1980’s, the local papers didn’t list season statistics for Crabs players, only box scores from most games. 

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.

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