By Erik Fraser/Humboldt Crabs
ARCATA (Aug. 3, 2014) — As has become the tradition at the end of every season, the Crabs handed out some postseason hardware after Sunday’s finale, and the most prestigious piece of hardware went to Trent Goodrich, the second-year Crabs shortstop who was named the team’s 2014 Most Valuable Player.
Goodrich led the Crabs with 61 hits and 31 runs, and would have won the team’s Ironman Award too, if there was one, as he was the only player to appear in all 49 games. And after a bit of a slow start, he soon became a rock at one of the key positions on the field.
A few minutes before behind handed the MVP trophy, Goodrich had given the crowd one last show, an exclamation point on a terrific season. With a runner on an no outs in the ninth, Goodrich dove to his left to snag a sharp grounder, got to his knees and tossed the ball to Brandon Hunley, who wheeled and completed a SportsCenter-worthy double play. One out later the season was over.
“It’s been awesome,” said Goodrich. “Out here there’s a bunch of fans who are really pulling for you and just playing out here. It’s something special to be in a place like Arcata that really loves the team that’s out there on the field. It’s awesome that I can make them cheer, make plays and that they’re behind me.”
The Offensive Player of the Year award was given to Alex Crosby. The big first baseman hit .326 with 13 doubles and 31 RBIs, good for second best on the team.
The Pitcher of the Year was an easy choice. It went to the team’s Friday night anchor, Andrew Nelson. He went 9-0, and the only time he didn’t earn the ‘W’, the team still did, going 10-0 in his starts. He sported a 1.36 ERA over 66 innings, 25 more than any other pitcher.
The Kevin Morsching/Scott Heinig Memorial Coaches Award was shared by Hunley and Brian Bynum. Hunley, playing opposite Goodrich in the middle infield, and Bynum, who came in as a pitcher but transformed midseason into the starting right fielder, both impressed the coaches with their perseverance and performance throughout the season.
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