After two months of hard work, the Crabs will reap their rewards this weekend as the top seed of the 2011 Far West League Championship tournament, which starts Friday at the Arcata Ball Park.
The full field, in order of seeding, is the Crabs (1), Atwater Aviators (2), Neptune Beach Pearl (3), Fontanetti's Athletics (4) and Redding Colt .45s (5). The tournament was supposed to take the top six teams in the FWL, but the Southern Oregon RiverDawgs, who qualified in sixth spot, have declined their invitation. So Friday begins a madhouse double-elimination tournament, with three games on the docket:
11AM: (4) Fontanetti's Athletics vs. (5) Redding Colt .45s
3 PM: (2) Atwater Aviators vs. (3) Neptune Beach Pearl
7 PM: (1) Humboldt Crabs vs. Winner of 11 AM game
The higher-seeded team is the home team for all games. The Crabs will also play the 7 PM game on Saturday, against an opponent yet to be determined. The first possible championship game will be at 2 PM on Sunday. While the Crabs hope to be in that game, there are no guarantees of the Crabs playing after Saturday night, so catch 'em while you can!
A full printable tournament bracket — with Friday's schedule listed on the side — is available here. Tournament passes are $18 and are being sold at the Eureka and Arcata chambers of commerce, as well as Solo Sports in Arcata.
UPDATE: Here are the brackets after Friday's games. Saturday's games are:
11AM: Redding Colt .45s vs. Atwater Aviators (loser eliminated)
3 PM: Neptune Beach Pearl vs. Fontanetti's A's
7 PM: Humboldt Crabs vs. Winner of 11 AM game (loser eliminated)