By Kevin Wyart
Humbolt Crabs Baseball
June 4, 2016
Arcata, CA — It was one after the other, hit after hit by the Crabs offense all evening as they dominated the South Bay Sliders 18-2 Saturday evening at the Arcata Ball Park. The Crabs scored those 18 runs on 19 base hits in a game which no home runs were hit. They scored in every inning except the second.
“Hitting is really contagious,” Crabs second baseman Brian Pozos said after the game. “Watching your teammates get singles and doubles gives you a good idea of what type of pitches there are to hit.”
Pozos went 3 for 4 on the night with two doubles, 4 RBIs, 3 Runs scored, a walk and a stolen base.
“I just wanted to improve on making contact.” he said.
The offense got things started in the first inning when Pozos walked with two out and scored on a Jayson Newman double.
The floodgates really began to open in the third inning when Pozos hit a one-out double then advanced to third base on a wild pitch. One out later, Michael Perri hit a long fly ball to center field that was unable to be caught by Noah Barber, allowing Pozos to score on the error.
After a Jacob Thurber walk, James Outman doubled in both Perri and Thurber to make the score 4-0. Nick Warren would tack on an RBI single of his own to make it a four-run inning.
The Crabs scored twice more in the 4th inning when Austin White doubled to lead off, followed by a Mason Cerillo single. Pozos drove in White before a Jayson Newman RBI single made it a 6-0 game.
The Sliders scored their only two runs in the top of the fifth inning. With one out, Noah Barba singled and Jake Sahegien doubled. Jonathan Passillas drove both of them in to make the score 6-2. The Crabs would proceed to score in each of the nest four innings to truly put the game out of reach.
On the mound, Aaron Herr picked up the win by going five innings, allowing those two runs on seven hits while striking out seven and only walking one. Austin Ragsdale and Justin Watland would each go two scoreless innings with only one hit allowed among them.
For his part, Miles Tipton battled all night long, but struggled with his command and couldn’t stop the Crabs onslaught. He and the rest of the pitching staff combined to allow 18 runs (14 earned) on 19 hits and issued 14 walks, while getting four strikeouts.
An 18-2 blowout still only counts as one win, however and these two teams will be back at it Sunday afternoon with a 12:30 scheduled first pitch. As always on Sundays, kids are invited to run the bases after the game.
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