by Ray Hamill
The Humboldt Crabs came up clutch on their way to a second consecutive weekend sweep, taking three games from the Redding Colt 45's, including a pair of come-from-behind wins.
Trailing for much of Friday night's series opener, the Crabs scored twice in the bottom of the eighth inning and held on for a 3-2 win to set the tone for the weekend.
Saturday night's clash was a thriller, with the Crabs tying the game on Craig Smith's two-RBI single in the bottom of the ninth, before pulling out a dramatic victory when Garrett Yrigoyen drove in pinch runner Breland Almadova for a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the 12th.
By comparision, the Crabs ran out to a relatively easy 9-4 win in Sunday's series finale, improving to 11-2 on the season.
After giving up two runs in the top of the first in Friday's opener, the Crabs held the visitors scoreless the remainder of the game before taking a slender lead on a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Brad Morgan, who has been one of the team's most clutch performers this summer, stepped up again with an RBI single to tie the game at 2-2, before Yrigoyen drove in Andrew Ayers for what would prove to be the winning run. Ayers, a former St. Bernard's standout, continued his impressive debut season for the team with two hits in the win.
On the mound, Chris DeBoo pitched six solid inings in a no-decision, with Jesse Moore pitching one inning for the win.
The bats remained hot Saturday night, with Morgan, Jeff Johnson and Cameron Edman each finishing with a pair of hits in the win, while Moore tossed two innings in relief to record his second win of the weekend.
In game three, Scott Heylman and Johnson each finished with three hits, including a double, with Johnson also driving in a pair of runs. Edman added a pair of hits, including a double, and drove in three runs.
John Austin, in his second summer with the team, got the win on the
mound, improving to 3-0 on the season.
The Crabs host the California Glory in a doubleheader Wednesday night at 5:30.