Spencer Duggan, left, went 6-for-7 on the weekend as Humboldt took the opening weekend series from Solano two games to one.

 

It took a game and a half to get the offensive juices flowing, but once the Crabs got going, there seemed to be no way to stop them as they took their season-opening series against the Solano Mudcats two games to one.

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Humboldt dropped the first game of 5-2 on Saturday, but a pair of home runs in the sixth inning of the nightcap broke open a close game and sent the Crabs to a 9-1 win. 

The home runs, from Clay Cedarquist and Jeff Giacomini, turned a 2-1 game into a 4-1 game, and Humboldt wasn't done. The next inning they put up 5 more — the big blow being a bases-loaded double from Austin Prott — and the rout was on.

Drew Bradshaw earned the win on the mound, throwing six strong innings and allowing only one run. Kurt Yinger and Jimmy MacWilliam closed things out.

For Sunday's finale, the Crabs weren't interested in starting slow. They led 3-0 after two, and a 7-spot in the fourth gave them a double-digit lead from which they never looked back in a 12-0 mercy-rule win.

Cedarquist and Arcata High product Spencer Duggan were the offensive stars, each driving in 3 runs. Duggan went 4-for-4, and was 6-for-7 on the weekend.

Johnny Malero allowed only two hits in four innings to earn the win. He could easily have gone out for more, but with a big lead, head coach Robin Guiver opted to give some innings to Jason Hampton and Tanner McIntyre.

Up next for the Crabs are the Humboldt Sluggers, a team coached by former Crab Eric Giacone. First pitch is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

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