CR, community supporters host benefit for Corsairs baseball team

Program returns after two-year hiatus with renewed energy, participation

College of the Redwoods and community supporters will host a benefit for the college’s baseball team on Friday, Jan. 24 at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center in Eureka.

CR is celebrating the return of its baseball program this year after a two-year hiatus.

The event takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A $20 ticket includes beer, wine and appetizers. Attendees will have an opportunity to bid on silent auction items and buy raffle tickets for donated prizes between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Guest speakers will discuss the CR baseball team from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Aquatic Center is located at 921 Waterfront Drive next to the Adorni Center. Tickets are available through the CR athletic department at 707-476-4213.

"This is an event to kick off the baseball season," said CR baseball head coach Bob Brown, who is in his 14th year at the helm. "This is an opportunity for the community to meet the players and for the team to thank people for their support."

Brown said that a number of community members approached him last year about their desire to help organize a fundraiser for the team. The money raised will help pay for equipment and supplies, travel and to provide financial compensation to the assistant coaches.

There are 29 players signed up to play for the Corsairs this season, the most ever on the college’s spring roster. Eighteen of the players are from local CR District high schools, including ones in Humboldt, Del Norte and northwest Mendocino counties.

For the first time, the Corsairs will play their home conference games at the Arcata Ballpark, home of the Humboldt Crabs.

"We appreciate the support of the Humboldt Crabs and the city of Arcata Parks and Recreation Department," Brown said. "We are fortunate to be playing at the county’s finest ball field and facility. Our players are happy about this."

The Corsairs will play one game at their ballpark on the Eureka campus on Thursday, Jan. 30 against Mendocino College.

The CR assistant coaches:

o Brad Morgan played catcher for CR from 2005-2007. He was two-time all-conference selection and played for New Mexico Highlands University and then three years with the Humboldt Crabs, where he has been an assistant coach the last several years.

o Spencer Duggan, infielder for CR from 2008-2010 was all-conference as a sophomore, and played for Bellvue University in Nebraska. He is veteran of the Crabs where he was that team’s MVP in 2012.

o Ruben Rios pitched for CR from 2009-2011, played for North Carolina Central University and then for the Crabs for two years.

o David Kennedy, CR pitcher 2005-2007, played for three professional independent baseball leagues, including ones in Germany and Texas.

o Jim Smith will serve as the team’s head statistician for the eighth year as well as driving a team van and providing extra help in many areas.

photo caption:

CR baseball pitcher alumnus Zach O’Hannen.