After spend the weekend in lovely — except for the weather — Medford, the Humboldt Crabs return home today, and while it's hard to believe, tonight's 7 p.m. game against the Fresno Cardinals marks the beginning of the final homestand of the 2011 season.
The road trip was moderately successful, with the Crabs dropping Friday's game against the Southern Oregon RiverDawgs 10-9, then bouncing back to sweep a doubleheader on Saturday by scores of 8-0 and 3-0. None of the games counted in the Far West League standings, which find the Crabs holding onto the top spot in the Northern Division at 14-4 (26-10 overall), three games ahead of the Redding Colt .45s.
The Cardinals are in fifth place in the FWL South, with an 8-13 league record after falling to the RiverDawgs 6-5 on Monday, and they surely know time is running out if they hope to qualify for the league tournament.
Tonight is Veterans Night, with all current and former servicemembers getting in for $2. Wednesday's doubleheader is Hawaiian Shirt Night. Anyone with a Hawaiian shirt on gets $1 off admission, and there will be prizes for the best shirts.
Looking further down the schedule, the Nevada Bullets come to town this Friday and Saturday, and Sunday afternoon's game will be against the Steelheads.