By Ray Hamill — We may have been robbed of Crabs baseball this summer, but it’s a pretty safe bet we got to see plenty of future Crabs players play, at least temporarily.
The all-too-brief local American Legion season was just getting warmed up when it got shut down, but a number of younger players showed plenty of potential and promise and could very well have a future at the Arcata Ball Park.
From the younger Legion teams, players like Elam Wright, Jack Saso, Rogan Bode, Regan Nyberg and Brayden Youkey — among many others — all had the sort of seasons that suggests one day they may have what it takes to play for the iconic local summer collegiate baseball team.
And they’re not alone.
The Eagles 19U features the sort of talent that suggests it’s not a case of if some of these players will make the Crabs soon, but rather how many?
Two of them already have, with Ethan Fischel and Caleb Ruiz both penciled in to play for the Crabs this summer, before the unfortunate shut down.
Both will surely get another invite next summer, and they may have a couple of their teammates alongside them when they do.
Players like Merek Sears, who will join the Washington State program in the fall, and Cameron Saso, who is headed to Santa Rosa JC, both could be strong possibilities within the next two years, as well as the ever-consistent duo of Landon Gomes (Butte) and Jaden Gorge (Shasta).
Among the younger players, it’s easy to see the likes of Nick Dugan, Keenan Morris, Hayden Bode, Bode Joyner or Cole Ayala some day playing for the Crabs.
All five of them certainly seem to have the talent, while if players like Branson Gans, Corbin Eichin, Parker Rodgers, Zac Anderson and Drew Nylander continue to improve at the rate they’ve shown recently, they’ll surely be in consideration too, if that’s what they want.