May 3 Local Digest: Baseball Factory hits Humboldt, Hoopa dedicates ball field to Beeson

Joseph Paul Beeson Sr. keeping a book during one of hundreds of games the former head coach was at the helm for. (Contributed/Julie Beeson-Stewart)

Baseball Factory comes to Humboldt

Baseball Factory’s National Tryout Tour hits Humboldt on Sunday. The tour, a nation-wide talent search, invites local middle and high school baseball players between the ages of 11-18 to a day of workouts where Baseball Factory’s scouts and coaches will evaluate the players in terms of their preparedness to play collegiate baseball or, for younger players, on how best to develop their game.

The event will take place at the Arcata Ball Park and will be divided into two sessions, a morning workout from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for ages 11-14 and an afternoon workout for ages 14-18.  Baseball Factory’s personnel will create player pages for all attendees after the event which will help track a given player’s growth and can be used to help bolster college recruitment efforts.

Baseball Factory is a national organization which has worked with 500 players which went on to play in the MLB, and has had at least one player from its program appear on 100 percent of all NCAA Division-I and II rosters in the country.

Elite players which grade highly at the camp may also be invited to training events or to play on a Under Armour Baseball Factory national team.

Players can registered for the event, starting at $99, anytime up to the beginning of Sunday’s camp at or by calling (410) 715-5080 ext. 1147. Use the promo code COACHROAN to receive 15 percent off the purchase price.

The purpose of these events is to help players get recognized,” Baseball Factory Regional Director of Player Identification Dan Road said. “It’s not easy in the sport of baseball with all of the programs around and the popularity of the sport. We want to help that diamond in the rough get seen.”

Redwood fields celebrates 20 years

Saturday will mark the 20 year anniversary of the opening of Redwood Fields in Cutten and Redwood Empire Little League Baseball will be celebrating the multi-purpose youth and family sports facility with an array of events.

Rex Bohn, who spearheaded to construction of the fields tossed the first pitch on the then newly constructed fields in 1999, will take the mound for the first time in 20 years to kick off Saturday’s festivities to throw a ceremonial first pitch.

The Coast Guard color guard will be on hand as well and at 1:30 p.m. a home run derby for the the little leaguers will begin, followed by a league-wide photo.

For Bohn, Cutten and Humboldt County the fields represent the culmination of more than a five year effort involving north of 120 different community business and groups.

“At the end of the day, every project like this needs the support of the community to work. It needs volunteers and we are fortunate the community has support the (fields) like it has,” Bohn said.

The fields, 11-acres of land donated from the Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, was originally intended to house youth baseball and softball games. Years later, the park has become a haven for everything from baseball and softball to youth football and boccie ball, and since the construction of a playground and recreation area has attracted countless folks looking to enjoy a day with their family and friends.

HSU softball

The California Collegiate Athletic Association announced its 2019 All-Conference softball teams Wednesday with two Humboldt State players making the cut. Senior designated player Rylie Carlier received Second Team honors while sophomore second baseman Danica Grier was an Honorable Mention choice.

“We are very proud of these two young ladies and the work they put in this year,” said Head Coach Shelli Sarchett. “They showed up day in and day out and always put in their best work and it definitely paid off for them this year.”

Carlier, a Woodland, Calif., native,  finished her Green and Gold career with a stellar senior campaign as she led the team with a .344 batting average. She led the CCAA with 37 walks and ranks second in the conference with a .506 on-base percentage. The slugger’s six home runs are tied for the fifth most in the league.

Grier was tabbed an Honorable Mention selection after batting .329 to go along with 53 hits. The Garden Grove, Calif., product ranked fourth in the conference with 15 doubles while her team-high 33 RBIs was tied for seventh amongst CCAA competitors.

HSU finished the 2019 season Saturday. The Lumberjacks compiled a 21-29 overall record, and they were 12-26 in conference play.

HSU track and field

Humboldt State’s trio of multis athletes were in action on day one of the California Collegiate Athletic Association Track & Field Championships hosted by UC San Diego.

Rylie Miller ended the day ranked seventh out of nine in the decathlon, while Tarney Haussler and Ashley Diboki were sixth and ninth, respectively, out of 14 competing in the heptathlon.

Miller started the afternoon with his best performance, finishing third in the 100m dash, before struggling in the following three events. The junior regained his composure and placed fourth in the 400m with a time of 51.26. His 2,812 points put him 430 away from reaching the podium against a strong field currently led by Chico State’s Alex Davila (3,507 points).

Haussler and Diboki opened the heptathlon with 10th and 13th place finishes in the 100m hurdles, but things would improve for the Lumberjack pair. In the high jump, Haussler earned a personal-best mark of 1.52m, an improvement of .03m on her previous PR, which was good for sixth place. Diboki wasn’t able to beat her PR in the high jump, but her performance in the following event certainly caught the attention of her competition. The junior won the shot put with a distance of 12.54m, a mark that was just short of her collegiate best (12.59m). In the final event of the day, the 200m dash, Haussler again broke a PR crossing the finish line in 26.24 and placing fourth. San Francisco State’s Devanique Brown leads the heptathlon with 3,075 points, while Haussler has compiled 2,619 points and Diboki earned 2,352.

The decathlon and heptathlon resume Friday at 11 a.m.

Prep softball — South Fork 3 Ferndale 0, South Fork 9 Ferndale 1

For the first time in more than a decade, the South Fork softball team is headed to the Charles Lakin Humboldt-Del Norte League tournament. The club locked up its first league tournament appearence in quite some time with a pair of wins, 2-0 and 9-1, over visiting Ferndale on Thursday.

Credit to Joslin Todd, who pitched a pair of complete games en route to Thursday’s duo of wins. She counted 15 strikeouts to 10 hits on the day.

At the dish South Fork’s Kylie Savio had seven hits and a double across both games while her teammate Lily Carr had five hits over both games.

South Fork (4-8, 12-8) will finish in third in the Little 4 Conference and will face the second-place finisher in the Big 5 on Tuesday in the yearly postseason tourney.

Prep baseball — South Fork 2 Ferndale 1, Ferndale 8 South Fork 6

C.J. Van Meter pitched and hit South Fork to a 2-1 win in game one before falling 8-6 to Ferndale in game two, Thursday afternoon in Miranda.

Van Meter went the distance in game one, giving up one run on six hits, 10 strikeouts and one walk. In the bottom of the seventh, with the game tied up at 1-1, Van Meter took measures into his own hands and delivered a walk-off RBI single which scored Cooper Scott for the game-winning run.

At the dish Scott went 3-for-3 and Orin Paula, 2-for-3.

Ferndale’s Austin Hughes also pitched a complete-game in the loss, giving up two runs on five hits, eight strikeouts and one hit-by-pitch.

Ferndale surged out to an 8-1 lead in game two behind a solid performance from pitcher Landon Gomes. Things got uneasy for the Wildcats in the top of the seventh, however, as South Fork amassed a five-run rally to nearly send the game into extras.

Gomes was relieved by Jenner Christiansen, who closed out the game and was awarded the save.

Hitting wise Gomes went 2-for-4 in the win while Hughes went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Hoopa Valley field dedicated to former coach

The Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified School District dedicated Hoopa Valley High’s baseball field to former head coach and beloved community member Joseph Paul Beeson Sr. on Thursday before the start of a doubleheader against St. Bernard’s.

The following testament to Beeson was crafted by several family members of Beeson, and is inscribed on the plaque in his honor adorning the newly minted field.

— Joe or “Coach” Beeson as he came to be known, had a love of sports. As a native of the Hoopa Valley and Hupa Tribal member, he began to show off his abilities as a teenager atHoopa Valley High School. At 5-foot-7, Joe was small in stature, however he made up for it with speed, determination, and hard work. In basketball, Joe was one of Hoopa’s leading scorers and assists. In football, Joe played running back, middle linebacker, and free-safety.

He had the ability to hit his opponents with speed and torpedo-like impacts. Joe was inducted into the Times Standard Team of the Century in 1999 for his accomplishments as Defensive Back at Hoopa High School in 1954. His forte, however, was the game of baseball. His speed and strength as an outfielder foiled many “would be” base hits. His arm threw many out at home plate, due to his ability to rocket the ball over the cutoff fielder straight to the catcher.

He was described as a natural in baseball.  Following high school, Joe’s talents in sports once again made him a valuable asset to his football and baseball teams for the Humboldt State Lumberjacks. In baseball, he triumphed as a hitter and outfielder. He ended his college baseball career with a batting average over 300. Joe is the only Hoopa tribal member to be inducted into the HSU Hall of Fame not just once, but twice for accomplishments in football and baseball.

His photos, plaques, and team accomplishments are all on display at the HSU Athletics Hall of Fame. After graduating Humboldt State College, Joe had a desire to return to the Hoopa Valley and teach the youth. While at Hoopa Valley High School, Joe taught everything from the sciences to physical education. Over his 37 years of teaching, he also held the titles of Athletic Director, Coach, Principal; and upon retiring, he served as a KTJUSD Board Member. Of all his endeavors, Joe’s passion was always coaching sports. He led numerous football and baseball teams to league championships and North Coast Section Championships, right here on these fields. He was dedicated to his students and their successes. His students knew him as Mr. Beeson or just simply “Coach,” Joe was a family man of great integrity and uncommon character.

“Discipline and teamwork doesn’t just develop you into a great player, it develops you into a great person” -Coach Beeson.

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