Catch the Crabbies before they’re gone.
That’s the message with the only five more games on tap when it comes to the Humboldt Crabs baseball team. What began back at the end of May is hurtling towards the finish line this weekend. And, before you know it, the summer baseball season is done.
The final turn came extremely fast for Crabs skipper Robin Guiver. With his squad sporting a 30-14 overall mark, where the team stands currently is a far cry from an inauspicious start.
“At one point, we were 5-10,” Guiver began, “I try not to pay attention to that stuff but you hear it from the fans. I don’t blame blame them. Losing 2 out of three games to start the weekend, you scratch your head. They’re used to the team winning and winning a lot.”
The early-season jeers quickly became cheers as the Crabs roster filled out proper and the Ls became Ws. Guiver heaped praise upon his player’s willingness to play out of position and keep grinding despite the defeats.
“We put pressure on them,” Guiver said. “If we throw away games after a start like we had, we wouldn’t be as successful as we are now. It’s a resilient team that fought back and it’s a talented group of players that grinded it out.”
And it’s only fitting the Crabbies close out the 2019 campaign against two quality opponents: The Humboldt B52s and the Pacific Union Financial Capitalists.
The crosstown rival Bombers are up first as the two Humboldt squads trade a home-and-away today and Wednesday. The Crabs head to Bomber Field at Redwood Acres in Eureka tonight while the Bombers head up U.S. Highway 101 for Wednesday night’s clash at the Arcata Ball Park.
“It’s a road trip, but we’re not staying anywhere,” Guiver said with a laugh. “We just meet over there and it should be fun. I’ve been to a number of games over there and it’s a fun atmosphere.”
The Crabs have the Bombers number this summer in the battle of county summer collegiate squads winnings the last three meetings by total score of 31-11. But don’t count out the B52s, a squad eager to make “big brother” taste defeat.
In the most recent meeting between the two teams — a 4-1 win by the Crabs on July 23 — the Bombers struck first and held a 1-0 advantage before the game was tied in the fourth inning. A trio of runs in the sixth propelled the Crabs to the W.
“I’m sure they’re going to be juiced. We have to show up ready to go,” Guiver noted.
The two games against the Bombers will help prep the Crabbies for the PUF Caps, a team that scrapped and clawed in the previous three meetings.
Just how close was there early July series?
The Crabs eventually won out 2-1 by total score of 16-15.