Warriors Defeat Humboldt Crabs in Humboldt Opener
On Tuesday night, the California Warriors Collegiate Team traveled up to Arcata to take on the Humboldt Crabs. The Warriors edged out the home team in the first game of the four-game series 7-6.
Manny Ramirez Jr. belted a three-run homer out onto the adjacent US Highway 101 to bring the Warriors to an early 5-0 lead. The Crabs fought back, scoring runs in spurts and tying the game at 6 in the bottom of the eighth.
Warriors starting pitcher, Trevin Haseltine, was fantastic all night. He struggled a bit in the first inning, but once he settled down he was masterful, placing his fastball with great accuracy. Haseltine gave up four hits over six innings, striking out seven and allowing just one run .
Sam Granoff entered the game in relief in the seventh, followed by Meyer who put the inning away. In the eighth, the Humboldt Crabs rallied for two runs to tie the game on a couple of singles and sac flies.
With the score tied at six in the top of the ninth, the Warriors manufactured the winning run when Cameron Merriwether was hit by a pitch and reached second on an Allan Kunst ground ball. Then Aaron Knapp knocked him in for the go-ahead run.
Michael Peterson came in for the bottom of the ninth and put the Crabs down in order on just 11 pitches, recording the save for winning pitcher, Mack Meyer.
“It got a little too close for comfort,” said California Warriors head coach Noah Jackson. “I’m very proud of my team because we were able to close this game.”
The win improves the Warriors to 7-6 in the Far West League and 23-13 overall.