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Humboldt Crabs Program 2019

The Humboldt Crabs Baseball annual Program Book for 2019

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2019 OFFICIAL PROGRAM The Birth of the Crabs

Page 20



Table of Contents

2019 Game Schedule ............................................................................................. 3

Harper Motors / Hire a Crab ................................................................................. 3

Coaching Staff ....................................................................................................... 5
Theme Nights & Special Events ............................................................................ 6
A Hurl of a Time, by Ray Aspuria ............................................................................. 6
YOUR 2019 HUMBOLDT CRABS ROSTER ............................................ 8-16
Crabs History ..................................................................................................17-19
The Birth of the Humboldt Crabs, by Jack Nash and Maria Bonomini Briggs............21-23
Crustacean Nation Love! ................................................................................ 24-25
Why the Crabs Matter: In Their Own Words, by Ray Aspuria .............................. 26-27
Adios, Pelota! by Ray Aspuria ................................................................................ 27
Where are They Now? .................................................................................... 28-33
CRABS OPPONENTS .................................................................................... 36-39
Hall of Fame ........................................................................................................ 40
How to Keep Score .............................................................................................. 40
Scorecards ...................................................................................................... 42-43
Crabs 2018 Stats .............................................................................................44-45
Safety & Security / Code of Conduct .................................................................. 46
Right Field BBQ Area and Left Field Parties....................................................... 47
Crabs Camps........................................................................................................ 48
Crabs on the Air & Online .................................................................................. 52
The Voices of Crabs Baseball / Beer Goddesses .................................................. 53
Hoke & The Professor: The Voices of Summer, by Liam Warner ............................ 54-55
The World Famous Crab Grass Band .................................................................. 62
Crabs Board & Volunteers ................................................................................... 63
Thank You Ballpark Staff .................................................................................... 63
Thank You Advertisers, Sponsors & Partners! (ad index) ..................................... 68

2019© Humboldt Crabs Annual Program: Cover photo of Kellen Strahm, OF, San Jose State by: Erik Fraser. Other Crabs
photos by Matt Filar. Some features compiled by Crabs Social Media Manager Cooper Stanley. Program printed by
Times Printing in Eureka. Program designed by Teresa Goodlin Designs. Program produced by Tracy Mac, accounting
assistance by Mary Ellen Barthman and the rest of Humboldt Crabs Board of Directors.





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Harper Motors at the Arcata Ball Park for the last generosity makes it possible for the
donates $50 couple of summers. Harper Motors, kids to have a memory for a lifetime.
once the summer has concluded, Thank you Harper Motors!
to Little League turns around and writes a check
for every Crabs to the District 26 Del Norte and Hire a CRABS
Home Run! Humboldt County Little League. Player
Last year they donated $1,100 for
Harper Motors, off Hwy 101 in the 21 dingers the Crabs hit over If you would like to hire a Humboldt
Eureka, has been donating $50 for the fence. Crab part-time during the summer
every home run hit by a Crab player months, please contact Crabs
District 26 Little League consists volunteer Larry Zerlang at (707)
Humboldt Crabs 2019 · 75TH SEASON of teams in Arcata, Blue Lake- 496-4802. Or maybe you need an
Fieldbrook, Del Norte (Crescent Intern? Players are great for general
City), Eel River, Eureka, Klamath- yard work, painting, handyman
Trinity (Hoopa), McKinleyville, work, general office work,
Redwood Empire (Eureka), and administration, etc. Hiring a baseball
Southern Humboldt (Garberville). player for the summer also means
they obtain some work experience
This kind of generosity helps teams to list on their resume for when they
travel when they go to any sort of graduate. Got something to haul or
playoffs or championships out of move? Hire a Crab!
the area. Hotels, car rentals and
gas can be very expensive and their 3

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ROBIN GUIVER #27 ERIC GIACONE #15 during the 2011 and 2012 seasons
under then manager Matt Nutter. His
Manager Pitching Coach brother Steve is also a former Crab and
played for the now defunct Crabs farm
Guiver pitched for the Humboldt Crabs Giacone is entering his 5th season as team, the Humboldt Steelheads.
in 1998 and 1999 under then-manger Pitching Coach for the Crabs. In 2018, Morgan graduated from Eureka High
Shorty Ames and coach Al Brisack. He the pitching staff’s ERA was 3.276 and School in 2005 and played for the
was recruited by Crabs General Manager posted a 37-10 record. College of the Redwoods Corsairs in
Ned Barsuglia. Guiver was used in relief Giacone played 2006 and 2007 before moving on to the
and went 2-0 with a .98 ERA in 1998. collegiately at University of New Mexico Highlands.
In 1999, he went 3-0 and posted a 1.21 College of the He returned to CR in April 2015 as head
ERA. Guiver played his college ball at Redwoods as coach after long-time coach Bob Brown
Washington State University. a pitcher and stepped down to join the administration.
Guiver was hired as an assistant coach by outfielder, In addition to his coaching duties,
the Crabs Board of Directors in 2000 and before Morgan also teaches each semester,
has been involved with the Humboldt transferring to including lecture classes in the
Crabs organization ever since. Ned play at Chico kinesiology department.
Barsuglia asked Guiver to help him with State University Morgan spent three summers as
the recruiting of college players back in as a pitcher. manager of the Humboldt Eagles;
2003 and he has continued in that role Giacone played for the Crabs in 2004 in 2015 to its first appearance at the
to present day. and 2005, posting a 6-3 record during American Legion state tournament since
Guiver has coached alongside many the two summers on the mound. His 1984, which he calls his most important
Crabs alumni and notables such as older brother Nick “the Stick,” was also a accomplishment as a baseball coach.
South Dakota and Sacramento State Crab and is in the Crabs Hall of Fame.
Head Coach Reggie Christiansen, In 2009 Giacone was named head JOHN BRYANT #21
Pepperdine Assistant Coach Matt Wilson baseball coach at Eureka High School,
(Crabs 2007-2009) and long-time guiding the Loggers to a 17-11 record in Assistant Coach
Crabs manager Matt Nutter the 2014 Season.
(Crabs 2006-2014). When he’s not on the baseball diamond, Bryant was an
Guiver is currently coaching at he’s probably out at the Samoa Drag Assistant Baseball
San Lorenzo Valley High School in Strip racing his 1966 Ford Ranchero. Coach at Orange
Santa Cruz where he lives with Giacone works for Eureka City Schools. Coast College in
his wife and two children. Email: Costa Mesa for the
[email protected] BRAD MORGAN #30 past four seasons.
Previous to being at
Humboldt Crabs 2019 · 75TH SEASON Assistant Coach OCC, Bryant was at
Santa Ana College
Morgan also has a long history with the for 17 years. Both
Crabs organization. He was a catcher schools compete
for the team in 2007, 2009 and 2010 in the Prestigious Orange Empire
before working as an assistant coach Conference, which consistently is the
most competitive Community College
Baseball Conference in the state of
Bryant played his college ball at
Fullerton (National Champions in 1984)
and played for the Cincinnati Reds
Double A team (1984-87). In addition to
his coaching duties, Bryant is a special
education teacher at Loara High School.


Themed & Special Event A Hurl of a Time:
Dates Coming Up
Pitching hard to find for summer squads
June 1: HumBrews Night Giveaways for the fans by Ray Aspuria
June 7: Superhero Night Crabs Queens will award prizes to
The Arcata Ball Park will feel the familiar smooth
the best costumes breeze from the bay while glistening underneath
the lights. The air will be filled with the aromatic
June 8: Camouflage Night smell of smoke and food cooking. The delighted fans
June 14: Under the Sea Night Dress up as your favorite sea in the new stands will be rocking with the ever-so-
popular tunes from the World Famous Crab Grass
creature ~ best costume wins a prize from the Crabs Queens Band.
For skipper Robin Guiver, when the home plate ump
June 15: SpongeBob SquarePants Night tribute to HSU signals play ball in the season opener against the
visiting Corvallis Knights, the ensuing year will be
grad Stephen Hillenburg, creator of the cartoon SpongeBob what it’s always about.
SquarePants “We’re going to play ball and have a good team and
put a good squad together,” the Crabs manager said.
June 16: Father’s Day at the Ballpark sponsored by “Baseball doesn’t change because it’s an anniversary
year. I’ve spent two years as manager – two good
Pierson’s Building Center, with Giveaways from Pierson’s years – hopefully, we can keep rolling.”
Like other summer baseball squads, Guiver and his
June 28: Cowbell Night sposored by A to Z Eye Care staff navigated through a recruiting season that’s
June 29: Pirate Night sponsored by Lost Coast Brewery
July 4: Red, White & Blue Day Limited Seating-Bring chairs

Honor Guard, Humboldt Highlanders, Coast Guard Fly Over

July 5: Military & Veterans Appreciation $2 tix for Vets
July 12: 1950s Night
July 13: Christmas in July
July 19: 1960s Night
July 20: Tie Dye Night
July 26: 1970s Night

July 27: Mustache Night

July 28: Aloha Day Hawaiian shirt or grass skirt?
Aug 3: Star Wards Night Crusty battles Darth Vader in a light

saber duel. Guest appearances by Boba Fett and various Storm

Aug 4: Last Game. Giveaways from the Humboldt Co. Fair

EVERY SUNDAY | Little Crabbies run the bases after the game
& high-five the players as they line up down the third base side.

Partner with the Crabs! Crabs Manager Robin Guiver with his family on the Arcata Plaza.
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We'd like to partner with you on some free stuff to give away
to our fans. If your business is interested in partnering or
co-branding items with the Crabs on any special game listed
above or if you wanted to create your own special day, let us
know. Get your businesses logo on a giveaway item like a rally
towel, pennant, beer cup, T-shirt, blanket, or hat, or create your
own marketing item. How about sponsoring foul balls so we
can give them to the kids when they catch them inside the
park? It's up to you.

become increasingly more difficult Zach Wallace posted a record of 7 wins and
as time goes on. The saturation of 1 loss with a 1.74 ERA with 62 strikeouts.
teams coupled with communities’ Wallace graduated from San Jose State this May.
desires to establish their own
squads has pulled players in a over the summer. A lot of coaches
variety of different directions. told me I’ll have a pitcher for you
“When there’s more teams, this summer, but we won’t know
recruiting players, it gets more who they’ll be until April toward
difficult,” Guiver lamented. “The May, until they see the number of
pitching for everybody has gotten innings guys have thrown. We used
way more difficult.” to get the best guy no matter the
A strong starting rotation and innings they had thrown.”
bullpen is the lynchpin to a “We’re all facing the same thing.
successful ball club and the Pitching has gotten more difficult,
Crabbies are no different. teams are looking for pitching, less
With universities and colleges pitchers are going out from schools,”
keeping a keen eye on their arm Guiver continued. “It’s not just a
talent, landing a dependable stable of hurlers is an Crabs problem, it’s a problem all
unenviable task for any summer baseball team. summer teams are facing.”
“There are arm injuries and guys are throwing before Guiver didn’t hesitate when asked if the Crabs won’t
they got to college – high school and travel ball – have a full pitching staff.
across the board with college coaches, they’re way “By the time we get to May, we’ll have our regular staff
more concerned about limiting pitchers and pitching for sure,” Guiver said.



Bring your own chair or blankets as these games fill up fast.
The show lasts about 5 minutes and starts

around 15 to 20 minutes after the game ends.

ATTENTION PET OWNERS: Anyone with pets 7
in the surrounding Arcata downtown area,
please keep them safe & secure on these two nights:


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Sacramento State Oregon State University
Class: Junior Class: Freshman
Height/Weight: 6-1/195 Height/Weight: 6-0/187
Hometown: Novato, CA Hometown: Mill Creek, WA
High School: San Marin HS High School: Henry M. Jackson HS
Position: C Position: OF
Batting side/Throwing hand: R/R Batting side/Throwing hand: R/R
Instagram: dawsbach15 Twitter: @BoothCarter
2019: Played in 51 games and hit .270 with 11 Instagram: carterbooth
doubles, 2 triples and 4 round trippers with 41 RBIs. HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Henry M. Jackson and was
Drew 30 walks to sport a .366 on base percentage a four-year letterman for head coach Kirk Nicholson.
and stole one base. Solid fielder with 290 putouts, Named First-Team All-Area and First-Team All-League
21 assists and a percentage of .997. Threw out four as a junior. Earned Second-Team All-League honors
runners trying to steal bases. as a sophomore in 2016. Batted .420 with five home
2018: Redshirt season runs and 19 RBI as a senior. As a junior, batted .487
2017: Played in 42 games with 32 starts. Hit .243 with nine doubles, three triples, two home runs, 21
with 12 RBIs and 13 runs scored. Started 31 of the RBI and seven stolen bases. Totaled a 1.319 OPS.
first 44 games of the season. Team was 18-14 in his Batted .414 as a sophomore, collecting five doubles,
starts. Had seven multi-hit games. Had three multi- three triples, one home run, 15 RBI and three stolen
RBI games. Drew 17 walks and had a .354 on-base bases. Finished with a 1.124 OPS
percentage. Totaled three doubles and two home PERSONAL: Born June 15,1999 in Oregon City,
runs. Homered at Utah Valley and at home against Oregon. Majoring in business administration. Son of
San Francisco. Scored twice at UC Davis. Was 2-for- Rita and Bob Booth. Has one sister, Sierra. Father,
3 in stolen base attempts. Hit 8-for-25 (.320) against Bob played football at Sioux Falls College. Cousin,
left-handed pitching. Threw out eight attempted Jay, played football at Auburn. Cousin, Allie, played
stolen bases. Had 232 putouts and 22 assists with soccer at Utah
just four errors for a .984 fielding percentage.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played for coach Jamie Vattuone DAVONTE BUTLER #7
at San Marin HS. Named Marin Independent Journal
Player of the Year as a senior. Two time all-Marin Cal State Bakersfield
County Athletic League (MCAL) second team Class: Sophomore
selection. Named team captain his junior and senior Height/Weight: 6-0/150
seasons. As a junior led the MCAL in batting average Hometown: Hollister, CA
hitting .427 with two home runs, 24 RBIs, and 19 runs High School: San Benito HS
scored. Had a .467 on-base percentage and a .670 Position: RHP
slugging percentage. Ranked second in the league Batting side/Throwing hand: R/R
in RBIs and slugging percentage. Helped his pitching 2019: Took the bump in 18 games
staff to a 2.06 ERA during his senior season. Played with 10 starts compiling a 4-7 win-loss mark with one
with four different club teams, being named MVP save. In 67.2 innings struck out 49 and walked 30 to
at several tournaments. Also played water polo and limit opponents to a .258 average.
football in high school. 2018: Tied for team lead with 10 starts and was third
PERSONAL: Parents are Steve and Kerry Bacho. on the team with 18 appearances. second on the
Aspires to play in the Major Leagues and later work team with a 4.39 ERA. led team with a .258 batting
in an MLB Organization. Played drums for five years. average against, a mark that ties for eighth in single-
Majoring in business with a minor in Spanish. season CSUB history. made first career start against
UC Davis on February 18 and picked up first victory.
CRABS 2019 ROSTER SUBJECT TO CHANGE. CHECK THE CRABS made season-long appearance at Portland on March
WEBSITE UNDER TEAM/ROSTER FOR UP INFO ON ROSTER. 2, tossing 7.1 innings and striking out a season-best
seven batters. Tossed seven shutout innings and
8 earned the victory against Northern Colorado in the

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WAC Tournament on May 24. Earned victory in relief 2018: Made three appearances on the mound, before
against Grand Canyon on May 5 after throwing three transitioning to third base. Made mid-season shift
shutout innings. to shortstop. Started 41 games and played in 42.
hit .264 with a double, 10 runs scored and 17 RBI.
DYLAN CAMPBELL #12 Earned first career start on February 27 against
CSUN and got first career base hit. Had first career
Mount Mercy University multi-hit game on March 15 against Dartmouth.
Class: Junior Scored career-high two runs against Dartmouth on
Height/Weight: 6-0/180 March 17. Had first career double against Utah Valley
Hometown: McKinleyville, CA on April 14. Earned Academic All-WAC honors.
High School: McKinleyville HS HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Boulder Creek HS in
Position: LHP Anthem, AZ where he played for head coach Joe
Batting side/Throwing hand: L/L McDonald. Posted a 1-1 record out of the bullpen
Twitter: @dylan_soup for the Jaguars with a 3.38 ERA to go along with four
Instagram: dcampbell_19 saves. Played infield and hit .305 as a senior with 15
2019: Earned All-Conference nod. Hit stride on RBIs. Hit .366 during his junior season and recorded
the mound, especially late in the season. Made 15 four doubles and a triple at the plate. Also played
appearances, including 13 starts. Southpaw had football for Boulder Creek where in 2016 he started
two complete games while posting an 8-4 mark with seven games at quarterback throwing for 1052 total
a 2.90 ERA. In 77-2/3 innings, struck out 61 and yards and six touchdowns.
walked 31. PERSONAL: Born May 30, 1999 in Phoenix, AZ.
2018: 18 appearances for College of the Redwoods Son of Lorraine and Dan Carrizosa. Father played
compiling 3 wins and 2 saves. In 59.1 innings of work quarterback at New Mexico State for two seasons.
struck out 43 while walking 16 for an ERA of 4.55 Biology major.
2017: 17 appearances for Redwoods sporting the
lowest ERA at 1.39. Fanned 19 in 32.1 innings of RILEY CLEARY #3
work to earn All-Conference nod.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played at McKinleyville High. Career San Francisco State University
ERA of 2.61 and 7-10 record as a Panther. Senior Class: Senior
year sported a 2.41 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 52.1 Height/Weight: 5-10/165
innings pitched. Had a 1.94 ERA in 39.2 innings his Hometown: Antioch, CA
Junior year. On Honor Roll or Principal’s List every High School: Antioch HS
semester. Position: RHP/RF
PERSONAL: Parents are Scott and Rene Campbell. Batting side/Throwing hand: R/R
Plans to major in Sports and Fitness Management. Twitter: @RileyCleary
Favorite part of the game is the team aspect—leading Instagram: smileyriley_24
and being a part of a team is what he loves to do. 2019: Named to CCAA All-Tournament Team. 11
appearances on the bump and compiled 4 wins with
DANIEL CARRIZOSA #2 1 complete game. struck out 37 in 48.2 innings to
sport a 4.25 ERA.
CSU Bakersfield Before San Francisco State: Played two seasons at
Class: Sophomore Los Medanos College. Named Bay Valley Conference
Height/Weight: 6-0/185 MVP as a sophomore. Named Second Team Pitcher
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ as a freshman. In 2018 appeared in 41 games and
High School: Boulder Creek HS hit .364 with two home runs, 26 RBIs, 26 runs, and 7
Position: IF/RHP stolen bases. Posted a 3.72 ERA with 7.93 strikeouts
Twitter: @DCarrizosa15 per nine innings in 72.2 innings of work. In 2017
Instagram: carryzosa appeared in 45 games and hit .363 with a home run,
2019: In 37 starts racked up a 22 RBIs, 47 runs, and 7 stolen bases.
.243 batting average with 2 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. PERSONAL: Parents Vicky and Patrick. Sister Nicole
Sported a .901 fielding percentage with 57 putouts Tyrovolas.
and 80 assists.
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TYLER CONDIE state titles while Cowdrey was a member of the team
and went a combined 38-4 during his three varsity
San Joaquin Delta seasons from 2015-17
Class: Sophomore
Height/Weight: 6-3/195 JORDYN EGLITE #32
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
High School: Oakridge HS San Francisco State University
Position: RHP Class: Sophomore
Batting side/Throwing hand: R/R Height/Weight: 6-4/210
Twitter: @tcondie300 Hometown: Martinez, CA
2019: 13 appearances on the High School: Alhambra HS
mound with 3 wins and 1 save. In 40 innings struck Position: RHP
out 37 while walking 12 to earn a 2.25 ERA. Batting side/Throwing hand: L/R
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Oak Ridge. Sported a 3.32 Twitter: @jordyneglite
ERA with 24 strikeouts in 2017. Had a 0.76 ERA with Instagram: jordyn_eglite
28 Ks in 2016. 2019: Took the bump 13 times striking out 54 and
PERSONAL: Parents Richard Condie, Valerie Condie walking 16 in 19. 2 innings of work. Went 4-4 with
a 4.59 ERA.
RYAN COWDREY #6 2018: Tossed 19.2 innings in 18 appearances.
Went 1-1 with a 3.20 ERA. Struck out 10 batters.
University of San Francisco HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered at Alhambra High.
Class: Freshman PERSONAL: Parents Dana and Mike. Younger
Height/Weight: 6-0/195 brother Brody.
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
High School: Saguaro HS KOKKO FIGUEIREDO #1
Position: LHP
2019: Southpaw had 6 CSU Monterey
appearances hurling 4.1 innings. Class: Junior
Struck out 4 and walked 9. Height/Weight: 6-0/180
HIGH SCHOOL: A two-sport athlete in football and Hometown: Fortuna, CA
baseball, and a two-way player on the diamond in four High School: Fortuna H.S.
varsity letter-winning seasons. Was ranked among Position: INF
Perfect Game's top-500 recruits in the country, and Batting side/Throwing hand: S/R
was considered the No. 5 left-handed pitcher in the Twitter: @kokkofigueiredo
state (ranked 34th overall for Arizona pitchers). Was Instagram: kokkothegent
named a 2018 Perfect Game Preseason All-Region 2019: Standout hitter for the Otters with a .324 batting
Honorable Mention. A four-year member of the varsity average. Racked up 70 hits, 31 RBs and 3 round
pitching staff for the Sabercats, throwing over 115 trippers. Sported a .950 fielding percentage with
innings and collecting nine victories while totaling 9 put outs and 10 assists.
118 strikeouts (more than 1.0 K per inning) during his 2018: 1st team all-conference as a sophomore at
prep career. Dazzled as a freshman for SHS, going Colllege of the Redwoods. His .356 career average
4-0 with a 2.26 ERA and striking out 21 in 21 2/3 ranks No. 5 in school history. CR's career leader with
innings. Posted his highest career strikeout numbers 24 2Bs. Set school record single season record with
as a senior in 2018, setting down 44 batters in 43 44 runs. Led Redwoods in average (.371), runs (44),
2/3 frames. Had a sub-4.00 ERA in three of his four 2Bs (14) and SB (12).
high school seasons, including two sub-3.00 ERAs 2017: 1st team All-GVC and gold glove winner. Led
as a freshman and a sophomore in 2015 and '16. Redwoods with a .338 average in 37 games as a
Helped the Sabercats make an Arizona Interscholastic freshman. Also led the team with 10 2Bs and 30 RBI
Association state playoffs appearance in his senior HIGH SCHOOL: Was a 2-time All–Humboldt Del Norte
year of 2018. Also played defensive end and some League pick. Hit over .500 as a junior and a senior.
halfback for the perennial champion Saguaro HS
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PERSONAL: Parents are Amy Leon and Robert Mountain West Conference.
Figueiredo. Majoring in exercise science at CSUMB. HIGH SCHOOL: Home Schooled. Played in the North
Plans to do postgrad work in physical therapy when Carolina High School Homeschool League.
his baseball career is complete. Earned his AA in PERSONAL: Born on July 14, 1997 in Raleigh, N.C.
kinesiology at CR son of Ron and Javita Henderson. Is an Eagle Scout.
Kinesiology major.
Sacramento State
Class: Freshman Fresno State University
Height/Weight: 6-0/191 Class: Freshman
Hometown: Elk Grove, CA Height/Weight: 5-10/165
High School: Franklin HS Hometown: Blythe, CA
Position: SS/P High School: Palo Verde HS
Batting side/Throwing hand: R/R Position: OF
Twitter: @EvanGibbons3 Batting side/Throwing hand: L/L
Instagram: evan_gibbons_32 2019: Smacked 5 hits with 1 RBI
2019: 20 hits in 107 at-bats with 4 doubles, 1 triple to sport a .208 batting average. Finished with a .889
and 1 homerun. Collected 12 RBIs for an average of fielding percentage with 7 putouts and 1 assist.
.187. Took the bump 7 times and struck out 7 and 2018: Redshirted.
walked 6 in 8 total innings of work. Solid infielder with HIGH SCHOOL: Led California HS baseball in batting
a .909 fielding percentage with 62 putouts and 68 average (.714) as a junior at Palo Vedre High School.
assists. 2016 Perfect Game Underclass All-American. Imperial
HIGH SCHOOL: Had an 0.99 ERA, batted .348 Valley League MVP (2016). First-Team Imperial Valley
with 22 RBIs, 18 runs, 5 doubles, 4 triples and 2 All-League (2015). Second-Team Imperial Valley All-
homeruns. Pitching speed in the low 90s. League (2014) in his three-year prep career, Johnson
PERSONAL: Parents are Kevin and Raechelle hit .486 from the plate in 70 games combining for 101
Gibbons. Younger brother Lucas. Wants to play hits, including 19 for extra-bases with 15 doubles,
baseball until someone tells him he no longer can; three triples and one home run while scoring 70 runs,
after which he'd like to get into the medical field, stealing 45 bases and drove in 18 RBIs. In his junior
perhaps as a physical therpist. season, collected 35 hits in 49 at-bats and scored 22
runs while only striking out three times.
DAMIAN HENDERSON #22 PERSONAL: Son of Dinarah and Brandon
Johnson. Born June 16, 1999. Has one older
CSU Bakersfield brother. Kinesiology major at Fresno State. Chose
Class: Sophomore the Bulldogs for its strong baseball program. Most
Height/Weight: 6-1/ admires his parents because they are always there for
Hometown: Raleigh, NC him. Favorite MLB athlete is baseball outfielder Bryce
High School: Home School Harper with the Phillies. Enjoys playing ping pong,
Position: OF fishing and sleeping in his free time.
Batting side/Throwing hand: L/L
Twitter: @dhendmarucci1 Continued on next page
Instagram: _damian_henderson
2019: Slashed a .256 average with 32 hits, 17 RBIs
and 2 homers. Dependable defender sporting a .902
fielding percentage with 44 putouts and 2 assists.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Attended Salt Lake Community
College in West Jordan, Utah. led team with .378
average, .658 slugging percentage and .441 on-base
percentage. led Bruins with 24 doubles, five triples,
seven home runs and 69 batted in. First Team All-

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University of the Pacific Dartmouth University
Class: Sophomore Class: Sophomore
Height/Weight: 6-0/190 Height/Weight: 6-0/200
Hometown: Oakdale, CA Hometown: Miramar, FL
High School: Oakdale HS High School: Archbishop
Position: C/1B McCarthy HS
Batting side/Throwing hand: L/R Position: IF
Instagram: ubaldo.lopez1
2019: Smacked 27 hits with
4 doubles, 1 home run and 18 RBIs. Compiled a 2019: Slugger roped 31 hits,
.293 batting average with 11 runs scored. Reliable 12 doubles and 28 RBIs along with seven homers.
defender with a 1.000 fielding percentage to go along Sported a .254 batting average. Effective defender
with 16 putouts and 2 assists. with a .991 fielding percentage, 108 putouts and 6
2018: Kirk appeared in 17 games with one start in his assists.
freshman campaign. He made his first collegiate start
against San Jose State (5/1) behind the plate. In 17 2018: Played in 18 games, starting 11 with six starts
games, he notched six hits, two runs, one RBI and a at first base and five more at designated hitter.
.316 batting average. Also saw some action at second base. Walked and
scored in collegiate debut as the starting DH in the
KYLE KNELL #4 second game at Georgia Tech. First collegiate hit
was an RBI single to cap the scoring in a 4-1 win
University of San Francisco over Georgetown. Walked twice, scored twice and
Class: Freshman drove in a run in an 11-9 win at Cal State Bakersfield.
Height/Weight: 6-1/175 Doubled, walked and scored a run in first Ivy action,
Hometown: Tigard, OR starting as the DH in a 10-4 win over Columbia.
High School: Jesuit HS Singled in his final plate appearance of the season
Position: IF against Middlebury.
Batting side/Throwing hand: R/S
2019: Played in 39 games starting HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letter winner at
19. Slashed .190 with 3 doubles Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School.
and 5 RBI while drawing nine walks and scoring 8 Served as team captain during senior campaign.
runs. Accounted for 43 putouts and 41 assists with Helped team win three consecutive Florida state
a .955 fielding percentage. titles, the first at the 5A level, the last two at 6A.
2018: Redshirt season. drove in three runs in the championship game during
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner at Jesuit junior year. All-region second team and second
High School. Also lettered in volleyball, basketball baseman on the All-Star Private Team as a senior.
and football. Two-year team captain of the baseball second-team all-county at second base and 6A-15
squad. Won the Most Inspirational Award and All-District Team as a junior. First-team all-county DH
Coaches Award. Earned All-Metro League honorable as a sophomore. National Hispanic Scholar. National
mention honors. Two-time OSAA Academic Athlete Commended Scholar. AP Scholar with Honor.
Award recipient. Helped lead his team to a 2016 state
championship. PERSONAL: Full name is Ubaldo Alejandro Lopez
PERSONAL: Born July 30, 1999, in Portland, Oregon Parents are Ubaldo Lopez and Giselle Ramos. Has
Parents are Pamela and Leland. Has a sister named one brother and one sister. Born Nov. 25, 1998
Natalie. Named to his high school's Honor Roll and in Boca Raton, Florida. Both parents attended
was a member of the National Honor Society. Universidad Simon Bolivar in Venezuela. Enjoys
Plans to major in business. Served over 80 hours participating in debate. Possible government or
of community service helping people with economics major. Participated in drama club in his
disabilities as part of Upward Bound Camp. youth.

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JOSHUA MOLLERUS #34 Aggies, making 10 starts at first base. Collected a
career-high three hits and two RBI at CSU Bakersfield
University of San Francisco on Feb. 17, helping the Aggies clinch the series with
Class: Freshman a 15-1 victory over the Roadrunners. Also notched
Height/Weight: 6-2/205 a hit against Creighton (Feb. 23) and drove in a run
Hometown: Campbell, CA against Saint Mary’s (March 26).
High School: Bellarmine 2017: Appeared in nine games for the Aggies in his
College Prep debut season, making two starts on the infield. Made
Position: RHP his first appearance as a pinch hitter at Stanford on
2019: Righty solid presence on Feb. 28, drawing a walk. Drove in his first career run
mound evident by 33 strike outs to with a walk against Sacramento State on April 4.
20 walks in 51.1 innings of work and 23 appearances. HIGH SCHOOL: Two-year varsity starter. All-
Held opposition to .268 batting average and sported Grossmont Hills League second team selection as
a 5.26 ERA with an 0-4 win/loss mark in four starts. a senior, hitting .389 with 12 runs scored, 37 hits,
HIGH SCHOOL: Appeared in 30 varsity games for and 14 RBI, while posting a .991 fielding percentage
Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose his senior year in as a middle infielder (one error in 114 chances) and
2018. Struck out 26 and walked 8 limiting opponents helping turn 10 double plays. Also posted a .433
to .219 average. Helped to strand 35 runners on base on-base percentage and a .431 slugging percentage
thanks to four doubles, helping his team to a third-
AIDAN MORRIS #39 place conference finish. Named to the San Diego
Union-Tribune All-Academic Team as a senior.
Santa Rosa Junior College Named the Unsung Hero
Class: Sophomore award winner in 2016 and All-East County first-team
Height/Weight: 6-1/205 honors as a senior.
Hometown: Eureka, CA PERSONAL: Parents are Terry and Mary. Has an
High School: Eureka HS older brother, Jared, who also attended UC Davis.
Position: C/1B Favorite movie is "Major League." Plans to be an
Batting side/Throwing hand: R/R engineer after his baseball. Wishes he could have
2019: Blasted 2 homers for Santa seen the Revolutionary War. Lists skydiving and
Rosa JC to go along with a .248 attending a World Series game among his bucket list
batting average. Hit 6 doubles with 41 RBIs and 9 items.
stolen bases. Sported a .988 fielding percentage with
338 putouts, 5 assists in 43 games. RYAN RODRIGUEZ
HIGH SCHOOL: Started all 4 years at Eureka High. UC Davis
Appeared in 105 games and slashed .339 with an Class: Junior
OBP of .431. Smacked in 65 RBIs and scored 74 runs Height/Weight: 6-0/165
as a Logger. Belted 1 round tripper, 1 triple and 25 Hometown: Upland, CA
doubles. High School: Upland HS
Position: RHP
STEVEN OUELLETTE Twitter: @ryan_rod2

UC Davis 2019: Fired 5 innings striking out
Class: Junior 3 and collecting a win. Sported a
Height/Weight: 6-1/190 10.80 ERA.
Hometown: LaMesa, CA
High School: Grossmont HS 2018: Appeared in six games out of the bullpen for
Position: RHP the UC Davis Aggies, tossing seven total innings
Instagram: sjouellette19 and striking out four. Made his collegiate debut
2019: Finished with a 3.16 ERA in in the series finale against CSU Bakersfield on
25.2 innings of work. Fanned 17 Feb. 18, striking out a pair over two innings of relief.
batters and compiled a 2-3 win- Also struck out a pair over an inning of relief against
loss record with 5 saves. Saint Mary’s (May 1).
2018: Appeared in 26 games for the UC Davis Continued on next page

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PERSONAL: Born in Upland. Parents are Danielle Instagram: dommer4
and Joseph Rodriguez. Has an older sister, Jessica, 2019: Joins the Bears for the 2019 season and will
and two younger sisters, Rachel and Riley. Lists Chris look to make an impact as a catcher.
Archer as his sports hero. Political science major. HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Whitney High School.
Career plans include becoming a corporate lawyer. Named Whitney's MVP in 2018 and earned the Diego
Subsilla Award. Earned second team All-Capital
BRYCE SHORT #13 Valley Conference honors three times and helped
Whitney win the league title in 2017. Career .353
New Jersey Institute of hitter with a .450 on-base percentage at Whitney.
Technology Played travel ball for the El Dorado Hills Vipers.
Class: Sophomore Accomplished student carried a 4.2 GPA in high
Height/Weight: 5-11/190 school. Earned Distinguished Scholar honors as
Hometown: Murrieta, CA well as the Community Service Award. Member of
High School: Murrieta Valley HS the Associated Student Body Leadership all four
Position: P/OF/C years and served as class president as a senior.
Batting side/Throwing hand: R/R Also received the WJW Scholarship Award and the
Twitter: @BryceShort7 Christian Daniels Memorial Scholarship Award.
2019: Appeared nine games on the mound for NJIT,
posting a 4.50 ERA with a 1-1 record and one save. DALTON SMITH #40
Pitched 10.0 innings, striking out eight batters. First
save against Manhattan Chico State University
(Mar 12) and first collegiate win against Saint Peter's Class: Sophomore
(May 7). At the plate, saw action in 20 games with six Height/Weight: 6-2/235
starts. Batted .143 with five hits - one home run vs. Hometown: Chico, CA
Moorehead State. High School: Chico HS
2018: Played in 13 games, Position: RHP
including six starts in his Batting side/Throwing hand: R/R
first season at NJIT. As the 2019: Finished with a 2.25 ERA
backup catcher, he batted with 10 strikeouts, 16 walks in 20 innings of work in
.233 combining for seven relief.
hits, four runs three RBI one 2018: Redshirted last season. Member of the Chico
double and one triple. State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Helped lead the Chico Heat summer collegiate team
Murrieta High. to the 2018 Great West League championship.
PERSONAL: Son of HIGH SCHOOL: 2017 graduate of Chico High
Mark and Rochelle Short. School. Helped lead Panthers to the 2016 Eastern
Crabs baseball runs in his Athletic-Sac River League title and two Northern
bloodlines as father Mark Section Division II championships. First Team All-EAL
is a former Crabs closer and All-Northern Section selection in 2017. Earned
and is a member of the Second Team All-Northern Section honors as a junior.
1999 HOF team. Enrolled in NJIT’s Albert Dorman Also lettered in football.
Honors College. Recipient of All-Academic honorable PERSONAL: Born November 14, 1998 in Chico. Son
mention. Mechanical engineering major at NJIT. of Russell and Tina. Has two older sisters, Samantha
and Allison. Sports hero is MLB Hall of Fame pitcher
DOM SOUTO Nolan Ryan. Biggest sports thrill is winning all-league
honors in high school. Biggest non-sports thrill is
Cal State Berkeley jumping off a 20-foot cliff into a river. Enjoys hunting
Class: Freshman and fishing. Says the best things about Chico State
Height/Weight: 5-9/160 is the atmosphere and community. Best advice ever
Hometown: Rocklin, CA received: “Early is on time, on time is late, and late
High School: Whitney HS is in trouble.” Claims to be decent at golf. Never
Position: C/IF steps on the chalk lines when on the field. Majoring
Batting side/Throwing hand: R/R
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in criminal justice. Plans a career as a Highway Patrol work. In 2015, went 1-1 with two saves and a 1.69
officer or California game warden. ERA in four games (one start).
HIGH SCHOOL: Played four seasons for Kapa'a High
JALEN SMITH Warriors. Named Kauai Interscholastic Federation All-
Star Pitcher of the Year twice. Set the KIF strikeout
UC Davis record during his senior year. Received D2 all-
Class: Freshman tournament team and all-star honorable mentions.
Height/Weight: 6-0/180 PERSONAL: Parents are Vince and Maureen.
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA Majoring in communications.
High School: Stockdale HS
Batting side/Throwing hand: R/R
2019: Played in 27 games with 21 North Dakota State University
starts. Slashed .186 with 2 doubles, 1 round tripper Class: Junior
and 11 RBIs. Reliable defender with a .987 fielding Height/Weight: 6-1/190
percentage with 41 putouts and 34 assists. Hometown: Fargo, ND
HIGH SCHOOL: Helped his team to a pair Southwest High School: Fargo North HS
Yosemite League titles in 2016 and 2017 in addition Position: OF
to an appearance in the Central Section semifinals as Batting side/Throwing hand: R/L
a junior. Averaged .359 at the plate as a sophomore Instagram: carterthompson8
and .455 as a junior, earning both all-area and all- 2019: Played in 35 games, starting 31. Was .209
league accolades in 2016 and 2017. The 2016 at the plate with 5 doubles, 2 triples, 3 homers
Channel 23 Baseball-Athlete of the Week recipient and 21 RBIs. Solid as defender with 1.000 fielding
and three-year varsity football letter winner also threw percentage with 35 putouts.
for 1,634 passing yards and 16 touchdowns during 2018: Played 35 games including 24 starts. Hit a career
his senior season. high .340 in 97 at bats with 33 hits, 25 RBI, three home
PERSONAL: Born in Bakersfield. Parents are Will runs, nine doubles, a triple, eight walks and 20 runs
and Gurmit Smith. Has an older sister, Saveena. scored. Team high .546 slugging percentage. Summit
Career plans include becoming a high school League Player of the Week (April 30).
physical education teacher. 2017: Saw action in 19 games, including 10 starts.
Hit .108 with four hits in 37 at bats. Compiled three
NICK TABURA runs scored, one double, one RBI, four walks and a
stolen base. Went a career-best 2-for-4 with a double
Sacramento State University at Northern Colorado on March 5.
Class: Junior 2016: Redshirted
Height/Weight: 6-3/194 HIGH SCHOOL: Two-time all-conference honoree.
Hometown: Kapaa, HI (Kauai) Was named all-state and team MVP as a senior.
High School: Kapaa HS Was a three-year letter winner and starter. Hit .380
Position: LHP as a senior. Also played football and swam for Fargo
Batting side/Throwing hand: R/R North.
Twitter: @Nick_Tabura PERSONAL: Son of Corey and Kelly Thompson. Has
Instagram: ntabs two brothers, Casey and Hayden. Plans to major in
2019: In 9 appearances (4 starts) struck out 11 and business administration at NDSU.
walked 7. Threw for 8.1 innings to sport an ERA of
7.56. 0-1 win-loss record. Continued on next page
2018: Did not play (injury).
2017: Did not play (redshirt).
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Made 10 appearances with
seven starts over two seasons at Lower Columbia.
Went 4-2 with two saves and a 3.27 ERA. In 2017,
went 3-1 with a 3.77 ERA in six games, all starts.
Struck out 30 while walking 13 in 31.0 innings of

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WYATT TUCKER #11 (2016) and Arcata's first ever section title (2016)
during his senior season.
UC Davis PERSONAL: Parents are Julie and Walter Tucker.
Class: Junior Has an older sister, Kaitlin. Favorite hobbies include
Height/Weight: 6-1/195 golfing, playing guitar, and traveling.
Hometown: Arcata, CA
High School: Arcata HS DYLAN LAMB
Position: RHP
Batting side/Throwing hand: R/R University of Washington
Twitter: @WyattTucker11 Class: Sophomore
Instagram: wyatttucker11 Height/Weight: 6-2/210
Hometown: Seattle, Wash
2019: Called to the bump 4 times picking up 1 win. High School: Bishop Blanchet
Fired 8 innings striking out 7, walking 2 to sport a Position: RHP, R/R
2.25 ERA. Opposition had a .214 batting average. 2019: Named to the All-Pac-12
Academic Honorable Mention
COLLEGE OF SAN MATEO: Tossed 24 innings on Team. Was 1-0 with a 5.68 ERA in
the mound during his freshman season. Helped his 12.2 innings over 11 appearances.
team to a Coast Golden Gate Conference title in PERSONAL: Older brother,
2017. Finished off his sophomore season with a 4.34 Jake Lamb, is a former Husky baseball player and
ERA over 66.1 innings of work. current All-Start third baseman for the Arizona
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year varsity letter winner
at Arcata HS. Set school record of 110 strikeouts
across 80 innings pitched. Humboldt/Del-Norte
All-Conference honoree (2014) and two-time league
MVP (2015, 2016). Helped his team to a league title

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Crabs history

The Man Who Started It All A Legendary Local

Lou Bonomini was born April 9th, 1916 in Blue Lake, Nedo “Ned” Barsuglia was born on Easter Sunday in
CA. He attended Eureka High where he was an 1920 at the old Trinity hospital. Shortly after being born,
outstanding player. He had one of the highest batting his family moved to Korbel. It was in Korbel where Ned
averages in the history of the school at around .560. had his first experience with local baseball as a batboy
He was also part of the Eureka High team that won for the Korbel Volunteer Fire Department baseball team
the league championship under legendary coach Les in 1928. His family returned to Arcata in 1932 where
Mooneyham. he would eventually attend and graduate from Arcata
For 42 summers, Bonomini guided the semi-pro team High in 1940. After graduation Ned moved on to attend
that he personally saw get started in 1945 as the college at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. During his
Palladini Humboldt Crabs. He carried on in the Crabs sophomore year, his studies were harshly interrupted by
dugout through the summer of 1986. Never staying too the attacks on Pearl Harbor. He enlisted in the Army Air
far away from Humboldt Crabs baseball, Lou passed Force in 1942, and went on to serve in Africa, France,
away in December 2000. and Italy, until receiving an honorable discharged in
1945. Coming back from the war he opened “Ned’s
1949. Lou Bonomini sliding to plate, with Dave Milton at base. Men’s Wear” in the Arcata plaza in 1946 which he went
on to operate for 22 years.
2016 Crabs program article
Humboldt Crabs 2019 · 75TH SEASON Barsuglia began his Crabs participation as a
community fund-raiser in the early 1950s, helping out
his boyhood friend Lou Bonomini who was Humboldt’s
field manager at the time. From there he progressed
through the roles of board member, board president,
general manager and team scout. Ned was known as
a legendary recruiter for the Humboldt Crabs, as 54
different players he recruited went on to major league
teams with hundreds more signing and playing in
the minor leagues. During his tenure with the Crabs,
his teams held a record of 1417 wins and 388 loses.
He and his very close friend and Crabs great Lou
Bonomini were known as “The B&B Boys from Eureka.”
One noteworthy team recruited by the B&B Boys
during their era arrived in Humboldt County in 1985
and proceeded to win 45 straight games, garnering
reporters and news coverage from the Bay Area to
Portland. He always deeply cared about the Crabs, and
a lot of what goes on today within the organization is
done because of Ned. Ned passed away on July 9th,
2012, just days before being inducted into the Crabs
2012 hall of fame. #crabs75


Crabs history Pastori was an outstanding athlete, once being listed
as #47 on Mike Pigg's top athletes of the century. The
Legendary 1969 Humboldt Crab Dane Iorg Humboldt Crabs were a very important part of his life
that he cared deeply about, and he played ball for the
was born in Eureka and team from 1945-1956. He was very well known for his
grew up in Blue Lake. base stealing, and it is believed that he holds the record
He graduated from for most stolen bases in Crabs history. He also had a
Arcata High School. career batting average of .300. Pastori was inducted
After playing for the into the Crabs Hall of Fame in 2012, which was just
Crabs in the summer shortly after he passed away on April 6th, 2011. Pastori
of ‘69, he went on was in fact one of the best athletes Humboldt County
to be drafted by the has ever seen. #crabs75
Philadelphia Phillies
in 1971, and had an
impressive career in
the MLB. Iorg made
his major league debut
on April 9th, 1977
for the Phillies before
being traded to the
St. Louis Cardinals. It was here in St. Louis where he
won his first World Series Championship in 1982. He
played for the Cardinals from 1977-1984 and then was
traded to the Kansas City Royals, where he played from
1984-1986. He won his second and final World Series
Championship in 1985 with the Royals. He then went
back to St. Louis to finish off his career. #crabs75

April 1948
Left to right: Louie Bonomini, Seaman, Beauchamp, Reco Pastori

Humboldt County Legend Reco Pastori was ABOVE: Reco Pastori, left, with fellow original Crab Wally Scott, center,
and former Crabs manager Matt Nutter.
born August 25th, 1918. He was born and raised in
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young boy who was always cracking jokes with his best
buddies which included Crabs great Lou Bonomini. His
hobbies were always playing ball, and he also loved
to hunt with his father. Pastori was part of the Eureka
High School football team in 1935 known as “Wonder
Team,” who went undefeated allowing 0 points against
them all season.
As an adult Pastori was in the merchant marines during
World War II and came back going into the grocery
and bar business, which he carried on into his old age.


Remembering Jerry Nutter of the Crabs’ board for seven years, and then continued
working as one of the more than 12 board members,
In 1995, Ned Barsuglia, one of the original founders handling major projects
of the Crabs in 1945, was ready to call it quits. With for the team.
the team in jeopardy of folding, former Crabs pitcher
Matt Nutter contacted his father, Jerry, about trying to Jerry’s love for the
keep the ballclub alive. The senior Nutter, at that time Crabs was infectious.
the retired president of the Orange County YMCA, He worked tirelessly
first met with Barsuglia, and then met together with to bring the team and
Barsuglia and Crabs founder and legendary manager fans together, and
Lou Bonomini. The rest, as the cliché goes, is baseball came to the ballpark
history. Nutter, Carl Pellatz, John Stocum and Larry every day with a
Zerlang started a non-profit board of directors, ushering smile on his face and
in a new era for the Crabs. Nutter served as president greeted everyone with
a pat on the back.
When asked what
the best part about
being involved with
the Crabs was, Nutter
replied “Watching
families come in and listening as a dad or mom explains
the game of baseball to his/her daughter or son for
the first time. It truly is a game which is learned by the
“oral tradition” and it’s always great to listen in to the

The Crabs can never thank you enough Mr. Nutter.

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The Birth

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by Jack Nash and Maria Bonomini Briggs Crabs circa 1945

Why did the Humboldt Crabs “happen?” What
compelled local baseball enthusiasts to start something Coast League teams, such as the Oakland Oaks, San
that ended up being successful for 75 years (and Francisco Seals and Sacramento Solons, would join
more!), the longest independent semi-pro/collegiate a Humboldt County League team for a game or two.
baseball program in the nation? Well, we actually have In a comparison of quality, the Pacific Coast League
World War II to partially thank. during those years was considered a “3rd Major
Humboldt County had a number of very successful
baseball programs in the 1920s and ‘30s. The top When the United States entered World War II a lot of
league was called the Humboldt County League or the the available ballplayers ended up joining the various
Redwood League, and the teams usually represented services, so they were gone from the area. Many of
“towns” or mills. Typically there were teams from the local baseball teams had trouble fielding teams.
Samoa, Arcata, Eureka, Scotia, Blue Lake, Fortuna In fact in 1943, the Redwood League, strongest in
and others. The quality of ball was so good that the County, began to fold. That is really when the
often players who were signed to play for Pacific Humboldt Crabs story begins. Lou Bonomini, who is

Continued on next page

1946 Paladini Humboldt Crabs. Top L to R: Charlie Timmons, Charles Beauchamp, Bill Prentice, Bruce Johnson, Erwin 21
'Bunny' Hadley, Clarence McClain, Bob Mathews, Reco Pastori, Dave Hauger. Front L to R: Batboy Frank Bettendorf, Royce
Lima, Links Carranco, Rudy Tomich, Lou Bonomini, Fred Papini, Eddie Oliveira, John McDonald, Nello Dal Porto.
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Birth of the Crabs continued there from 1954 to 1968 when they returned to the
Arcata Ball Park for good.
the patriarch of the famous local baseball family, was When the subject of the Humboldt Crabs is discussed,
an accomplished player who graduated from Eureka the contribution of the Bonomini family must always
High School in 1935. He was already well know in be mentioned. Lou, of course, was instrumental in
local baseball circles when he happened to walk by the starting the club (playing and managing) but also
Eureka Newspapers offices when the President and sons Bob, Jim, David and Ken played for the Crabs,
Publisher of the newspaper, Don O’Kane, motioned as well as grandsons Fred and Garth. It was truly
him into his office. He told Lou, “we have to have a family affair as wife Vera would mend uniforms,
quality baseball here in Humboldt County and handle many other team related duties, plus work their
you’re the guy who has to start it.” He was 28 years store (Bonomini’s Market) when Lou was on scouting
old and was very familiar with the best ballplayers in trips. She, and her daughters, as well as the boys, did
Humboldt County and already had some managing whatever was necessary around the ball park. This
experience. He took
the job! Plus, his even included housing
friend and a great players from time to
local pitcher, Charlie time.
Timmons, was the One of the most
fisheries manager at important people
A. Paladini Fisheries, to the early Crabs
Inc., so they had organization was not
a sponsor. The a player for the team,
Humboldt Crabs were although he had
born! been a good player
As John Ward in his younger days.
of the website Fred Papini, who was
“goodoldsandlotdays. involved in the grocery
com” stated: “1945 business in Arcata,
- the formation of acted as “clubhouse
the Humboldt Crabs manager” and took
signaled the start care of uniforms,
of one of the most balls and bats, gate
famous baseball receipts, etc., as well
programs on the as providing visiting
West Coast, if not the teams their share of
entire nation.” the 60/40 gate split.
A. Paladini sponsored That’s 60% for the
the Crabs for the first three years and then the team Crabs and 40% for
became independent. However, they needed a the visitors. He also kept a bucket of “Pet Milk” handy
permanent ballpark and wanted one in Eureka, but to clean the balls! During the early years the Crabs
it never materialized. So for the first 10 seasons, the “families” would host players from visiting teams in
Crabs played their Saturday night games at the Arcata their homes and many great relationships were started.
Ball Park and Sundays at the old Albee Stadium The Crabs had a “local” philosophy when they first
behind the high school in Eureka. Then, because of started and indeed most of the players had local
scheduling conflicts in Arcata, they worked a deal to roots. A number of the earlier players had gone to
install lights at Albee Stadium and the team played high school in Eureka or Arcata and were about the
most of their games (usually Saturday and Sunday) same age as Lou Bonomini. One of the notables was
22 the famous Reco Pastori who played (and terrorized

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pitchers) for many years. However, this changed along 1948 Lou Bonomini and Dave Hauger
about the 1949-50-51 seasons and Carl Del Grande,
Sr. remembers that they had quite a few injured working with Lou Bonomini in 1946, joined the board
players and had to go out of the area to get help. in 1954, and wore many hats for the Humboldt Crabs.
Then, to compete on the national semi-pro level, they At various times he was Business Manager, General
began to recruit collegiate players. Manager, Chief Scout, Recruiter, etc. It’s people like
Later on the Crabs did become more of a national Ned who make an organization strong.
powerhouse and played against the top teams in the As we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the
U.S. such as the Alaska Goldpanners and teams at Humboldt Crabs, we honor those people who make it
the NBC (National Baseball Congress) Tournament what it is: the players, some who went on to the major
in Wichita. Earlier they had played their first NBC leagues, management, the organization and people
Tournament in 1947 in Stockton but it was later, and volunteers behind the scenes and, of course, the
especially the years 1961 until 1982, when the team strong fan base. CONGRATULATIONS!!
really shined on a national level. In 1961 they began
hosting the State Tournament and played at home
all but two years out of the next twenty-two. They
won the State Tournament 18 of those 22 years!! In
winning, they qualified for the National Tournament
in Wichita and finished as high as 3rd three times,
4th three times and 5th three times. The Humboldt
Crabs then hosted the Western Baseball Association
“West of the Rockies Tournament” and won all four
tournaments from 1982-1985. Teams were from
Oregon, Washington and California as far south as
Los Angeles.
Over the ensuing years to the present the Board and
Management changed but the Crabs always had
strong leadership and excelled on the field. One name
we have to mention is Ned Barsuglia who started

May 1948: Bruce Johnson and Charlie Beauchamp On the bench in 1947. Among those pictured are Charlie
Humboldt Crabs 2019 · 75TH SEASON Beauchamp, Clarence McClain, Dave Hauger and Reco


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Why the Crabs Matter:

In Their Words

By Ray Aspuria been very rewarding over the past five years. Seeing the
The fervor of a 75th anniversary season brings back development of kids over the years is something special
fond memories of the legends of yester yore. Eyes will as well.
well up with nostalgia. The players fans looked up to. “Many of the kids start in camp at 6 years old and
The coaches and managers they revere. The yearning attend camp until they’re 12. Seeing that development,
for what has been great and the greatness that is slated a week at a time over the years is really cool. Hopefully
to come for years beyond is heavy. I'm there long enough to see a Crabs camper suit up
When something not only stands the test of time, but for the Crabs someday. That would be the ultimate
flourishes while doing so, there are many questions. success story from an athletic standpoint in what I do.”
When it comes to the Humboldt Crabs, who hit the I’ve made so many long-lasting friendships through
field for the 75th year, the question I wanted answered my time with the Crabs as both a player and now a
is simple: Why does the team matter? coach,” Giacone continued. “Not having those people
Who better to ask than people who are close and have in my life would probably be the biggest difference in
strong – arguably unbreakable – ties to the summer my life had the Crabs not been an option in my life.
baseball team? Another large impact for me would be the expectation
of winning. There are not a lot of situations in sports
The Skipper in which a team can go 35-15 and it really not be
“To me, Crabs baseball is exactly what baseball should considered a successful season. For me, it’s not the
be,” said Crabs manager Robin Guiver. “Talented winning and losing that has made an impact, but the
players that are playing for the right reasons and who idea of not settling for mediocrity. It’s a concept that
play the game the right way. Fans and a ballpark has stuck with me in other coaching jobs as well as in
atmosphere that is unlike any other that I have ever life in general. Being a part of the Humboldt Crabs
seen. Also, it means getting to spend the summer in means striving for excellence, sometimes beyond
Humboldt with my family, enjoying all that Humboldt what is reasonable. This becomes contagious with the
has to offer.” coaching staff and players and makes each season its
“It’s hard to imagine my life without Crabs baseball,” own special chapter.”
Guiver continued. “I would like to think that my life
would be great, but I know that it would be much The Board Vice President
different. This will be my 22nd season being involved “A huge part of life is being part of a
with the Crabs … first as a player, then as a coach, community. Crabs baseball brings our
recruiter, and now in my third season as a manager. I community together as fans, brings
have spent more than half of the summers in my life together players from all over the country
with the Crabs, and I wouldn't trade that for anything.” as well as from Humboldt County, and
brings volunteers and staff together to
The Pitching Coach provide one of the most unique baseball experiences
"As a coach I’ve had a much different perspective you could ever be a part of,” David Sharp said. “To
on the importance of the Humboldt Crabs,” said be a part of the community of Crabs baseball has
Eric Giacone. “Obviously, I enjoy coaching and the provided me personally with long-lasting relationships
competition that the Crabs provide, but working with with teammates and coaches as well as that unique
the youth is really where the memories come from. I experience of putting on the Crabs uniform. From
run our camps which has allowed me to meet many signing autographs for kids, to enjoying the Crab Grass
Humboldt youth over the last five years. Seeing kids Band, to playing in front of die-hard rowdy fans, it’s
at camp, then at the game and in the community has just irreplaceable.”
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“My standout memory is one that I get to enjoy adios, pelota!
every summer and that’s bringing my family to The Night Carr Went for a Spin
the ballpark,” Sharp continued. “I have so many
great memories of playing, but to get to share the by Ray Aspuria
experience of Crabs baseball with my wife and three
kids (8, 6, and 3) is so cool. To watch my kids run the Adam Carr Ask for a standout Humboldt
bases after a Sunday game on the same field I played Crabs memory from manager
is awesome.” Robin Guiver and pitching
coach Eric Giacone and don’t
A Longtime Sponsor be surprised if their answer is
“While attending HSU and living in Arcata we got the same: Hall of Famer Adam
hooked on going to the Crabs games. It is such Carr’s mammoth walk-off shot
an iconic piece of Americana we have here in our during an unforgettable 4th of
community,” said Morgan Randall of Pierson Building July tilt in 2004.
Center. “The history and seeing a community come
together to enjoy baseball is just too cool. Bill Pierson Guiver, who admitted difficulty trying to pinpoint
has always looked for ways to support our community, one standout memory, was straight and to the point.
and this is just such a great organization and a true
part of our community.” “Adam Carr hitting an extra-inning walk-off home
“The quality of the Crabs organization, it’s long run on the 4th of July as fireworks shot off into
history, local kids playing on the team, the talent of the fog from HealthSPORT field definitely stands
kids that come here in the summer to play and love the out,” the skipper said.
Arcata Ball Park,” Randall said on what’s stood out
the most being a longtime sponsor. Leave it to Giacone, to invoke an all-time baseball
classic movie in his recollection.
A Super Fan
“Crabs baseball is my summer happy place. I “As a player I will never forget the 4th of
think I only missed three games last year,” Tamara July game in 2004. We played a day-night
Clohessy said. “I see kids I taught now growing into doubleheader and game 2 was my favorite game
adults, players returning to watch, and other baseball I’ve ever been a part of,” Giacone began. “As with
groupies that show up every year. I have made close most of our series, it was getting pretty chippy by
friends from these connections. Alex Cappa worked game 3. That game was tied 1-1 after one inning
Crabs games for two summers and I got to know him. and then went scoreless into the 12th inning. Back
Two other Crab faithfuls and I traveled to Tampa to then the city did a firework show which should
watch him play football with Tampa Bay. We got to have gone off right at the end of the game. They
hang out a bit with him all because of the Crabs. So, it couldn't wait any longer with our game going into
is not just baseball, it is community and connections.” extras, so the fireworks show went off during extra
“I started going to Crabs games in the 70s when I first innings which was pretty cool in itself.”
moved here in college and have continued through the
decades,” Clohessy added. “My sons went to Crabs “I can’t imagine there was a person in the park
camps. I watched kids I know play. I can’t imagine that didn’t think of the Sandlot as that was going
summer without the Crabs.” on. Novato finally scored in the top of the 12th
“I love being a Crabs Queen and giving out prizes. and as you could imagine, started talking crap as
This started formally last year and gives the Board a if they’d just won game 7 of the World Series.
break because we see everything in our spot behind We came up in the bottom of the ninth and in 2
home plate. There are some new promotions this year pitches the game was over. My brother got a hit
and we're hoping the 75th year will be epic!” on the first pitch of the inning and Adam Carr hit
a home run into the firework smoke over the 394
sign in left-center field onto the freeway. There
was so much smoke we couldn’t even see the ball
leave the park, but we knew it was gone and the
game was over.”

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Where Are They Now

Major League Crabs

JJ Santa Cruz

Undrafted free agent to SF Giants 2018
Crabs Season: 2017
Follow him on Instagram: thejjsantacruz

Bradley Zimmer After starting the season as the starting
center fielder in 2018, Zimmer’s main
Cleveland Indians, #4 flaw of striking out (35 percent of his

Center Fielder at-bats in the MLB) continued to show,
thus he was optioned down to the
Crabs Season: 2012 Columbus Clippers.
1st round draft pick 2014
Batted .226 in 2018; .241 in 2017

Jeremiah Burks

Detroit Tigers, Outfield
Crabs Season: 2017
Drafted 8th round in 2018
Follow him on Instagram: _jburks

James Outman, LA Dodgers Jeremiah Burks, a 2015 Will C. Wood High School graduate,
Crabs Season: 2016 found out he was drafted the same way most people did: The MLB
7th round draft pick 2018 Draft Tracker. Burks accomplished a lifelong dream when he was
Follow him on Instagram: selected by the Detroit Tigers in the eighth round of the 2018
jamesoutman MLB Draft. Burks, joined Jermaine Dye, Jermaine Clark and Jeff
Outman bumped into Marquez in an elite and exclusive class of Wood graduates drafted
Crabs bat boy Jackson into the MLB.
Kelly at Spring Training in
Arizona this March 75TH SEASON · Humboldt Crabs 2019

Jesse Medrano

Pittsburgh Pirates, 3rd Baseman
Crabs Season: 2015
Drafted Round 31st in 2017
Follow him on Instagram: _jessemedrano

Allen Smoot Ryan Dobson

Tampa Bay Rays/Hudson Valley Arizona Diamondbacks - Released
Renegades, Released Crabs Season: 2015
Crabs Season: 2015 Drafted 30th round in 2017
40th round draft pick 2017 Follow him on Instagram: dobson_king
Follow him on Instagram:
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Humboldt Crabs 2019 · 75TH SEASON

Where Are They Now Senior and former
Crab Bronson
Six Dons Grubbs came up
honored on with the game-
All-WCC winner, delivering
teams a clutch two-out,
two-run double to
SAN FRANCISCO — A give the Hornets
total of six University of San a 5-4 lead in the
Francisco baseball players eighth inning.
were honored Tuesday
with 2019 all-West Coast Sacramento
Conference accolades, State (39-23)
including two former Crabs: returned to the
senior left-handed pitcher Scott Parker and NCAA Regionals
sophomore right-handed pitcher Alex Pham each for the third time in the last six seasons after winning
earned all-WCC Honorable Mention accolades the 2019 WAC Tournament. 2019 is the program's
Pham, who earned the Dons' Top Pitcher award had third ever regional appearance, also including 2014 and
a breakout sophomore year, leading the Dons with 2017.
90 strikeouts against just 28 walks (a better-than
3-to-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio), a team-best 3.30 Sacramento State had a baseball season to remember,
ERA and a team-low .226 opponent batting average. one that included beating then No. 3-ranked UCLA
He recorded at least one strikeout in every single early in the season, then storming through the WAC at
one of his 21 appearances – 11 in conference play – a record clip, beating #1 seed NM State.
including at least five in 10 of them. He did not allow
a run in 12 of his outings while also recording six The winning campaign came to an abrupt end though,
saves (four in WCC play) – seventh-most in a single Stanford
season at USF. (43-12)
Parker concluded his tenure on The Hilltop Sunday proved
with his team-leading eighth win. He was USF's to be too
most consistent winner this year after being moved formidable,
into the starting rotation. Parker won five consecutive breaking
starts from March 23rd to April 19th and went 8-3 open a 5-1
with a 3.99 ERA. He had a career-best 10 strikeouts game on
on the road against first-place BYU on May 10. He Sunday
posted a near-3-to-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio with with a
59 Ks against just 21 walks. seven-run seventh inning to oust the Hornets (40-25)
12-3, who started just one senior position player in
Sac State advances center fielder Bronson Grubbs.
on Former Crabs' hit
Former Crab Christiansen Reaches 400
Playing their second game of the day and fourth game
of the WAC tournament, Sacramento State (36-23) To make the latest
fended off elimination yet again with a thrilling, back- championship win for
and-forth, 6-4 win over Utah Valley (15-41) on May 24. Sacramento State even
more special, the W was
"Just a true team effort," said head coach and former also career win number
Crab Reggie Christiansen after the game. "A true team 400 for ninth year, head
effort just like they've done all year long. This team coach Reggie Christiansen.
doesn't quit." Christiansen reached the
milestone in what is his
30 14th season as a head
coach and is 400-389 as
a head coach, including
389-361 at the Div. I level
(13 seasons).

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Where Are They Now: former Crabs on move

mack meyer McCarthy Tatum

salem-keizer volcanoes Fresno State bulldogs

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS19 SPORTS) The Fresno State Bulldogs
baseball team beat No.
Mack Meyer is a San 1 Stanford 7-2 on June 1
Francisco native. The in the NCAA Tournament
right-hander pitched at Super Regional
the University of San
Francisco before joining Fresno State (40-14-1), who
the Virginia baseball advanced to its first NCAA
program this season. Tournament regional final
since 2008 with the win over
Now, the sidearmer Stanford, continued its torrid
is a member of the offense tallying 11 hits in the
San Francisco Giants contest.
Redshirt senior third baseman McCarthy Tatum, a
An undrafted free agent, Meyer has signed a minor- former Humboldt Crab, added two hits including
league contract with the Giants. He'll start his pro a double, two RBI and scored a run while senior
career with San Francisco's Class A short season second baseman Nolan Dempsey powered the
affiliate, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. Dogs with eighth home run of the season and
added two runs scored.
Meyer tied for second on the team with 23
appearances out of the bullpen in his only season "Either way it doesn't matter who we play we're going
in a UVA uniform, finishing with a 3.70 ERA and 22 to do what we do and be tough and compete with
strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings. He joined the Wahoos anybody we play," McCarthy Tatum said Monday
as a graduate transfer this season after bone chips in morning minutes after finding out the Dogs would be
his elbow kept him from pitching as a senior at San headed to the Super Regional. "There's a winning
Francisco in 2017. tradition here, and we're keeping it going so let's see
if it can keep on going and just battle and do
chase fernlund our best."

university of utah Prior to beating Stanford, Tatum drove in three runs,
Zach Presno drove in a pair and Ryan Jensen carried
Former Crabs player Chase a no-hitter into the sixth inning, helping Fresno State
Fernlund is one to watch as earn a 9-2 victory over UC Santa Barbara in the
he's transferred from Feather Stanford Regional on Friday night.
River College to the University
of Utah. Fernlund won three Stanford beat Sacramento State 12-3 in an
State Championships at elimination game on Sunday afternoon.
Henley High School in his
hometown of Klamath Falls,
Oregon, and was named 4A
State Baseball Player of the Year. He also earned
First Team All-State honors
and First Team All-Region

In 45 games at Feather River
College, he hit .337 with a
.428 OBP, and finished
second on the team with
39 RBIs.

32 75TH SEASON · Humboldt Crabs 2019

Alex Cappa

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Alex Cappa and his Dad bumped into two Crabs fans at Alex is still the sweet, young man we remember from
Spring Training in Arizona this March. Humboldt. He even caught our attention while signing
autographs the win, and we went to dinner a second
Former Crabs security staffer and Humboldt State time. He was truly touched that we were there to
alumnus Alex Cappa signed his first NFL contract with represent Humboldt, and we felt like family.
the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round of the We’re looking forward to this coming season and the
2018 NFL draft. According to the website overthecap. Tampa Bay Buccaneers’s website has Alex playing
com, Cappa signed a four-year deal worth more than right guard. We’re talking about another road trip.
$2.5 million.
Where Are
Cappa (6-foot-7, 305 pounds) attended Dublin They Now:
High School before attending Humboldt State, CrabS staff
where he was named the Great Northwest in the NFL
Athletic Conference’s Offensive Lineman of
the Year in each of his four seasons. He was
a first-team Division II All-American as a

Crabs and HSU Superfans Tamara, Wendy
and Giuilana traveled out to one of Cappa's
home games to catch up with him and here's
what they reported back to the Crustacean

"We were fortunate enough to plan a trip
to Tampa Bay to support our former Crabs
staffer and HSU football player Alex Cappa.
On December 2, 2018 we traveled to Tampa
Bay to see the Buccaneers whoop the
Carolina Panthers.

Luckily, Alex was available for a dinner date
with us near the Tampa Bay training center. At dinner
he signed his first Cappa jersey — to me, Tamara!

Our seats were four rows behind the Buc’s bench,
allowing us to watch Alex play and cheer wildly in our
HSU and Crabs gear.

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find all
on the

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alumni day 7/14/2018

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Redding Colt 45s The team is named after Benjamin
Bradbury Cheney (1905–1971) who
Some of America’s best was an American businessman and
professional baseball prospects sports enthusiast active in Pacific
will make Shasta County their Coast states. Cheney founded the
home this summer and play in the Cheney Lumber Company and is
renovated and historic Tiger Field. credited with standardizing the size
If you see flags flying at Tiger Field, it means there's a of wall studs at 8 feet long by 2 inches thick by 4 inches
Colt 45s game. wide, commonly referred to as a 2-by-4. Cheney is also
known for his efforts in constructing Cheney Stadium in
The Colt 45s mission is to provide an environment Tacoma, Washington.
where each team member is accountable to his
teammates for his development and personal growth The Seattle Cheney Studs are one of the oldest
as an individual and as a baseball player. amateur baseball organizations in the country founded
over 65 years ago in 1954. The Studs have traditionally
They strive to teach the game of baseball, to help consisted of a combination of current and former
each individual achieve their full potential in life, and college players, and former professionals. In the last
to learn the keys to winning: hard work, dedication, few seasons, the team has begun to consist of a
perseverance, and sportsmanship. greater percentage of college players than former
Berek Fasking will serve as Manager in 2019, backed
up by Justin Sybesma and General Manager Rick The Studs have attended the National Baseball
Bosetti. Bosetti was an outfielder, who played in Major Congress World Series every year since 2002, finishing
League Baseball from 1976 to 1982 for the Philadelphia in the top ten, ten times. They won the NBC World
Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays, and Series for the first time in 2013 and second time in
Oakland Athletics. 2015. They won the Horizon Air Summer Series 2008-
2010 and 2012.
The Colt 45s have been on the Crabs schedule since
this non-profit summer collegiate team was established The Studs have played the Crabs on their annual
in 2005. California road trip the last five summers. They will
arrive for a 3-game series June 7-9.
The 45s are a independent team, and became a non-
profit organization following the playbook of the Crabs
organization. Both teams have been asked to play in The Seals
the Great Western League.
The SF Seals are the Collegiate
The 45s and Crabs will play a two game series Level baseball team that is
both home and away in 2019. The Crabs travel to composed of players from NCAA
100-degree temperatures in Redding on June 5-6 and Division I, II, NAIA schools and
the Colts will cool off on the North Coast on July 23-24. Junior College. They will join the
California Collegiate League (CCL)
Colt 45s games can be heard on KCNR 1460 in this year coming from the now
Redding, or through a link to the website found on the defunct Great West League.
team’s home page at Live
statistics can also be followed for home games on the The Seals were established in 1985 by Seals President
website, with a link in the same location. and Manger Abel Alcantar and have a long history in the Bay Area, having spent 10 years based in
San Francisco, 10 years in San Rafael, five years in
seattle studs Sonoma, four years in Oakland and one year based
in Alameda. The 2014 Seals went to Wichita for the
The Seattle Cheney Studs play their home games at prestigious NBC Tournament.
University of Puget Sound and Bob Maguinez baseball
field at Heidelberg Park in Tacoma. The Seattle Studs Mission Statement
are currently a member of the National Baseball
Congress in the Pacific International League and The Seals are a collegiate level summer baseball
compete in the Horizon Air Summer Series. The team’s club dedicated to serving the youth in Northern
motto is “Once a Stud, Always a Stud”. The team is California and providing positive role models for
coached by Barry Aden.
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Crabs Opponents

them. The club’s primary focus is to build character affordable family entertainment to California’s Central
and discipline through the sport of baseball. It is our Coast residents. They believe it is their responsibility as
belief that baseball builds strong leadership qualities a local business to give back to this great community.
needed to succeed in life by instilling honest work To this end, they have established Outreach Programs
ethics, maintaining good physical health, and engaging like the Charity Partners Program, the Educational
with community of all ages and walks of life. Service Partner Program, and the Blues Buddies Program.
to the community is a cornerstone of who the Seals The second objective is to mentor and advance the
are as an organization. Community service is not professional and physical skills of collegiate ballplayers
only a requirement of all our athletes involved with at the highest level of competition. Local and national
the program but also something the Seals instill as a Division I baseball players continue their development
foundational approach to life. We believe every child with Blues while temporarily away from their parent
should have every opportunity to learn and play the college or university. The third objective is to continue
game of baseball at the highest levels and thus provide and expand the internship program which focuses on
a mechanism to deliver quality instruction, competition a learn-by-doing approach. The Blues take great pride
and entertainment. in their interns’ involvement in nearly every aspect of
operations, and will have more than 30 individuals
The Seals return to Humboldt on June 11-12 for a two- interning with the organization for the 2019 season.
game series. The Crabs will play the Blues this year at the Arcata Ball Park as the Blues and the Crabs alternate every
year. The Blues will be here June 14-June 16 during the
San Luis Obispo Blues Oyster Festival, so parking will be limited on Saturday
and the game will start early at 2:30 p.m.
The SLO Blues are a wooden
bat, Summer Collegiate Baseball
Organization that competes yearly Healdsburg Prune Packers
from the end of May through
August. Home games are held Healdsburg Prune Packers
at Sinsheimer Stadium, located Baseball Club was resurrected in
at 900 Southwood Drive in San 2014 in order to carry forward the
Luis Obispo, CA. The team competes in the California long history and tradition of the
Collegiate League (CCL) and is consistently ranked Healdsburg Prune Packers baseball
among the top 25 teams nationally from a field of over team, originally formed in 1921.
260 teams.
GM and Field Manager Joey Gomes
SLO Blues History led the Packers to a 36-11 record in
The Blues began in 1946 (one year younger than the
Crabs) when founding Manager Sandy Leguina gathered Joey Gomes is a Petaluma native. Gomes played at the
a group of WWII veterans coming home to San Luis University of Santa Clara and was drafted by the Tampa
Obispo who wanted to play baseball. He added a few Bay Devil Rays in the 8th round of the 2002 MLB June
younger players and began the season playing against Amateur Draft. His brother Johnny also played in the
semi-pro and town teams from throughout California. major leagues.
Originally dubbed the “Merchants”, the team name was
changed just weeks into the first season. George Baker, The Prune Packers roster consists of college players
local sports editor of the Telegram-Tribune, renamed of the highest skill level, from predominantly Division I
the team the “Blues” after their blue lettering and blue college programs such as Cal, Santa Clara, St. Marys,
stockings. He stated that any team worth anything UCONN, UNLV, Rice and Georgia Tech. Prune Packers
needed a more colorful name, and declared that any consistently are drafted into Major League Baseball.
objections should be directed to his desk, “else in the
future we will” use the new name. The Packers play in the California Collegiate League
(CCL). Founded in 1993, the CCL is a collegiate summer
SLO Blues Mission baseball league headquartered in Santa Barbara. It is
associated with the National Baseball Congress. The
The SLO Blues Organization has three (3) main CCL hosts a 39-game championship summer season
objectives. The first is to provide first-rate and
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including a north-vs-south All Star Game. Players use decorative pieces that were destroyed in the 1906 San
wooden bats and professional-level balls to further their Francisco earthquake. The sewer pipe and roofing tile
development as potential professional ballplayers. manufacturer was founded in 1875 and still operates
today as one of California's oldest companies.
The Prune Packers played then and now at
Healdsburg’s historic Recreation Park, which has been The Lincoln team played under several names,
recently renovated while retaining the feel of an old-time including the Cubs, Tigers, Merchants, and Potters.
baseball stadium. The stadium is just up the street from
the town’s square nestled in between neighborhood
trees and houses. They are run by a volunteer board of Humboldt B52s
directors similar to the Crabs organization. The Crabs
will travel to Healdsburg on June 19-20. New at their The B52s are a semi-professional,
park —Bear Republic Brewing Co., will serve beer on wood-bat, summer ball team
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. mixing local talent with out of the area college players.

Lincoln potters Founded in 2014, the Humboldt
B52s are based in Eureka. Their home base is Bomber
The City of Lincoln fielded a team Field — formerly a Babe Ruth field near Redwood
in the Placer Nevada League from Acres that is currently being renovated.
1923 to 1968. The Placer-Nevada
Baseball League was founded The team was founded by two former Humboldt
in 1923 by newspaperman Allen Crabs infielders and MVPs Jeff Giacomini (2007-2009)
"Scoop" Thurman, editor of the Colfax Record. Auburn- and Spencer Duggan (2012) who are listed on the
Newcastle was a charter member and won the league's B52s roster for 2019, and College of the Redwoods
initial championship. Other charter members of the pitcher Ryan Patrick (2012-2014). The founders then
six-team semi-pro league included Roseville, Colfax, assembled a Board of Directors that consists of
Lincoln, Grass Valley North Star Mine and Grass members throughout the local community. The Board
Valley Empire Mine. Most PNL teams were based in strives to bring the fun and exciting game of baseball to
Placer and Nevada counties including the Truckee Eureka and bring the community together to enjoy this
Moutaineers however other teams as far away as beautiful American pastime.
Marysville, Chico, Oroville, Orland (defunct Sacramento
Valley League teams) and Lodi would later join the The Humboldt B52s are also advocates of youth
circuit. From 1951-1957 JACL (Japanese American sports and have put together multiple youth baseball
Citizens League), an all-Japanese team from Penryn/ teams as well as youth baseball camps to provide a
Loomis competed in the league. The team was led by place for younger ball players to play and a chance
catcher Bob Hayashida. Hayashida and Fred Besana to improve their skills.
formed the battery for the 1949 Placer Junior College
championship team. The two Humboldt-based teams will play in Arcata
June 25-26, and they'll meet again in July 30 in Eureka
PNL games were mostly played on Sundays, generally at Bomber Field and July 31 in Arcata.
before crowds of 500-1,200 onlookers. In 1926, the
Lincoln Cubs won the PNL title led by seventeen-year-
old pitcher Cedo Besana, father of Baltimore Oriole California Expos
pitcher Fred Besana and grandfather of Bay Area
Invader quarterback Fred Besana Jr. The Potters were The California Expos were founded
a PNL powerhouse during the 1950s, winning titles by GM Jamie Cederquist, who has
in 1950, '51, '52, '54, '56, and '57. They also won been a scout with the Miami Marlins
championships in 1926 and 1941. The Potters were since 2006. The California Expos,
sponsored by Gladding McBean, a terra cotta and California Storm, California Pilots
clay manufacturing company located in Lincoln that and South County Vipers were
replaced much of the friezes and other ornamental created in order to provide a venue for a collegiate
baseball summer experience for players in the Central
Valley area.

These Cali teams keep a low amount of players on the
roster to maximize playing time. These Cali teams also

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give the players the flexibility to attend summer school The goal of the coaching staff is to provide players
and/or work, while playing baseball during the summer the best opportunity
months of June and July. to be successful
when entering college
The Cali Baseball teams will compete in the Central and ultimately, to be
Valley Collegiate League. The league was constructed recognized as the
in 2013 and is a five-team wood bat league composed top summer baseball program for incoming collegiate
of well-established teams from Central California. players in the country.

The Cali Expos will travel to Humboldt on June 28-30 to All of the athletes have been recruited to play for the
play the Crabs in an annual three-game series. CAPS, there is no pay-to-play option. The team is sponsored by Texas businessman Evan Stone, CEO of
Pacific Union Financial. Stone believes that the lessons
Solano Mudcats learned on the field in competitive baseball translate well
into all areas of everyday life: teamwork, the desire to
The Solano Mudcats, sometimes be the best, and hard work are all essential elements of
referred to as the “Dirty Fish,” went success in athletics, academics and business. The Puff
from being a semi-pro team to an Caps will travel to Humboldt to play the Crabs in two
independent, collegiate, summer, 3-day series events on July 5-6 and August 2-4.
baseball program in 2012.

The Mudcats were established redding ringtails
in 1990 by Shawn Scibek, George Sebena, and Jed
Czajkowski. Some team names were discussed, The Redding Ringtails
Czajkowski offered up the Baseball Club is a semi-pro,
wood-bat and flat seam
Mudcats name and all three agreed that it should be the baseball team based out of the city of Redding, CA in
Solano Mudcats. Shasta County. Their roster is comprised of current
and former collegiate baseball players, college-level
The Solano Mudcats Baseball Club provides a fun, and professional-level baseball players, and former
family friendly, hometown environment. Through professional baseball players.
baseball they teach their student athletes core life
values of discipline, accountability, responsibility, They mostly travel across the North State to play
teamwork and integrity. Their goal is to have the players collegiate and semi-pro teams. They play at Tiger Field
compete at the highest level on the field and become in Redding, Wynne Price Field in Shasta Lake City,
successful, productive young men off the baseball Volonte Field in Anderson, and other community fields
diamond. in the area.

Sebena and Czajkowski have since moved on but Unlike their friends the Colt 45s, the Redding Ringtails
frequently check in on the Cats. Shawn "Sci" Scibek are not a collegiate team, which means that their
remains the heartbeat of the Mudcats both as the players are not required to have college eligibility to
player co-head coach as well as serving on the board of qualify to play. The Ringtails travel to Humboldt on
directors. Head coach Ben Crombie has been with the July 16-17.
Mudcats since 2006, first as a player, then named head
coach and scheduling coordinator in 2013.
Solano joined the Bay Area Collegiate League in 2018.
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Fall, each of which have earned a baseball scholarship.

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July 6-7 will be Crabs Alumni weekend with Hall of Fame
Ceremony on Saturday with a fireworks show after the game.


HSU Hall of Steve Fish poses with "Baseball Betty" at a Crabs game.
Fame & former
Crabs Player Gregg Reynolds grew up in Arcata
Ken Dunaway watching the Crabs. A RHP at the
University of Pacific in Stockton, he
Called one of the returned home in summer to play ball
most versatile in front of family and friends. Donning
athletes in the uniform was special,"It was weird
Humboldt State putting the Crabs uniform on the first
University history, time," he said. "It's like I finally
Dunaway played grew up."
four major sports
although only ERIC GUNDERSON 75TH SEASON · Humboldt Crabs 2019
5-9, 160-pounds.
He captained
the football,
basketball, and
baseball teams
in his senior year. He was all-conference
and leading scorer as a senior in basketball
and was awarded the Bob Brennan Most
Valuable Player trophy in baseball.

Upon graduation he signed a professional
baseball contract with the San Francisco
Seals of the Pacific Coast League. However,
he chose to attend graduate school instead
and played several seasons with the
Humboldt Crabs. Highlights in his college
career included a 78-yard run in football,
a 34-point performance in basketball, and
batting over .400 in baseball. Dunaway
played for Humboldt during the late ‘40s
and early ‘50s.



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Safety and Security Code of Conduct

Welcome Crabs Fans to our 75th Year The Humboldt Crabs are committed to creating a safe,
and another exciting baseball season! comfortable and enjoyable environment in the ballpark.
Ballpark staff will proactively intervene to support a family
The board of directors would like to remind everyone
that the Crabs tradition of providing a safe, family- entertainment environment where:
friendly environment actually depends on each one
of us. Guests will follow the specified policies regarding carry-in
items. Guests will allow any acknowledged representative at
We wish for everyone in the ballpark to enjoy the the entrance gate to check backpacks, tote bags, purses, or
game, including the many children. It takes all of other items brought into the ballpark.
us to maintain a collective level of respect — respect Guests will enjoy the baseball experience free from
for the visiting team, respect for their families, inappropriate behavior, including but not limited to foul
and respect towards our fellow fans. If there is any language, abusive language, threatening language, or
inappropriate behavior or bad sportsmanship, please obscene gestures.
alert our staff and security team. The progress of the game will not be disrupted by guests’
actions or unauthorized persons entering the playing field.
Please remember that all attendees at the game are Any necessary intervention with an impaired or intoxicated
our guests and a display of good sportsmanship is guest will be handled in a prompt and safe manner.
a positive reflection upon the Crabs as well as the Guests will respect the safety of other guests and field
community. participants; the throwing of any object is strictly prohibited.
This ballpark is a Tobacco Free Zone. Guests will refrain from
All carry-in items may be checked for glass, alcoholic any kind of smoking in the ballpark in accordance with the
beverages, illegal substances, or weapons. No Arcata Municipal Code.
smoking of any kind is allowed at or near the City Guests will refrain from public displays of affection that are
of Arcata-run ballpark. No tobacco or vaping. inappropriate in a public setting and family environment.
Humboldt Crabs Baseball reserves unto itself the right to
The Crabs organization faces a substantial financial determine what constitutes unacceptable behavior.
penalty as well as a suspension of our liquor license Any guests who fail to comply with any of the above stated
if alcoholic beverages are brought into the park. We policies are subject to ejection from the ballpark and/or arrest.
ask that guests respect and acknowledge these rules
and refrain from bringing these items into the park. YOU MAY BRING INTO THE BALLPARK:

Please read over our Code of Conduct and Policies. • Sealed, non-glass bottled water containers 32 oz or less
— John Burke, Crabs Board Member & Ballpark Security • Unopened soft-sided single serving juice or milk containers
• Empty, reusable-type, non-glass containers
Any other beverage not purchased in the ballpark will be


• Alcohol beverage purchases will be limited to 2 per

• Alcohol sales will end two innings prior to the scheduled
end of the game

• No alcohol will be served to any individual that presents
signs of intoxication

• Persons under the age of 30 will be required to show
identification in order to purchase alcohol

• Any individual presenting signs of intoxication or
impairment will be subject to intervention by ballpark staff

• Removal from the premises of any alcoholic beverage
purchased at the ballpark is strictly prohibited

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Be a Part of the
Action at the Ballpark

Right Field BBQ Area &
Left Field Parties

Fans can sign up to sing the national anthem, throw
out the first pitch, be a bat boy or bat girl, participate
in the on-the-field games in between innings, purchase
the right field area for a group
barbecue, or purchase the left
field area to throw a birthday party
or host a company party at the
ballpark. The Crabs also offer
group discount tickets for your
event or invite your Little League
team at the park to hang out with
the Crabs.

Contact Crabs Special Events at
[email protected]
for more information or visit the
Crabs website.

Right field reservations fill up fast!
Included with your reservation is a
group ticket package. A deposit is required
in order to hold your reservation. There is
such a demand for right field, that not all
requests can be fullfilled. The Crabs start
taking reservations as soon as the game
schedule is released to the public on social
media and on the website. The schedule is
usually finished by February.

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CRABS CAMPS [email protected]

Youth Baseball Camps for Boys & Girls

Youth Baseball Camps for Boys & Girls are offered at various locations throughout Humboldt County. Each
camp includes hands-on involvement by Crabs Baseball Coaches. During the week, Crabs Coach Eric
Giacone will direct the squad of several players hand-picked from the Crabs roster for their baseball skills and
their ability to work well with kids. Please note: Camp size is limited to the first 90 registrants at each
location. For questions about camps, please submit an email to [email protected]

Camp experience will include:

• A fun week of baseball skills instruction by Crabs Coaches and Players

• An authentic Humboldt Crabs Baseball Camp Tee Shirt (youth sizes distributed at camp)

• Youth and Adult tickets to Humboldt Crabs games (see details below)


5-Day MVP Camp: $100/week Rookie camps are for boys & girls ages 6-8, just
getting started in their baseball careers, not quite old
Ages 9 to 14 enough for the weeklong camps but who still want
Monday through Friday to get out on the field with their heroes. Campers
Hours: 9:00am-1:00pm should bring a water bottle and snack. Campers
receive 4 Humboldt Crabs youth tickets and 2
JUNE 24-28: Arcata Little League Park Humboldt Crabs adult tickets.
JULY 8-12: McKinleyville Hiller Park
JULY 15-19: Fortuna Newburg Park 5-DAY MVP CAMP (approximate ages 9-14)
JULY 22-26: Eureka Redwood Fields
MVP Camp is for boys & girls ages 9-14 who want
3-Day Rookie Camp: $50/week to learn all defensive positions and have a chance
to play, learn, and improve at the position of their
Ages 6 to 8 choice. Baseball offense, hitting, bunting, and base
Monday through Wednesday running is taught from the ground up. Teamwork,
Hours: 9:00am-12:00pm sportsmanship, and communication are stressed.
Group instruction, game situations, team games
JUNE 24-26: Arcata Little League Park and practice with pitching machines are some of
JULY 8-10: McKinleyville Hiller Park the activities the camper will experience. Campers
JULY 15-17: Fortuna Newburg Park should bring a water bottle and a lunch. Campers
JULY 22-24: Eureka Redwood Fields receive a Humboldt Crabs youth Season Pass and 10
Humboldt Crabs adult tickets.
48 Tickets for camps will be available for pickup in the
ticket booth with ID of cardholder who purchased Crabs
Camp. Email [email protected] to make
other arrangements.


Five-Day MVP sessions are $100 per week.
Additional family member fees are as follows: second
child is $75 and any additional children are $65 each.*
Please complete a separate form for each child.
Remember, all enrollments must be submitted at the
same time in order to qualify for the discount.
Three-day Rookie sessions are $50 per week.
*Please note: Reduced price for additional camp or family
member does not include camp T-Shirt or adult tickets.
Adult tickets are limited to one per family regardless of
number of camp enrollments purchased.

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