By Ray Hamill — Humboldt Crabs baseball will return to the Arcata Ball Park for the first time in 670 days on Friday, when they welcome the Lincoln Potters for a three-game weekend series.
A limited number of fans will be allowed to attend while social distancing, and the ball park should be buzzing with the anticipation of a summer season again.
The coaches have been working with the players for the past two days, with 18 of them expected to be on hand for Friday’s opener and a few more arriving in town over the weekend.
As usual, opening weekend will be a learning process for the coaches and players, although they shouldn’t be rusty after a full spring college season.
And they can expect to be tested right from the get-go.
“Lincoln’s legit,” Crabs manager Robin Guiver said. “As good as anybody we’ll play all summer. They’re really good, but they’re in the same boat as we’re in. I don’t think they’ll have a full squad yet.”
This year’s Crabs team will feature a trio of local standouts, Ethan Fischel, Caleb Ruiz and Aidan Morris.
The Potters are managed by former Humboldt Crabs player, Ryan Stevens.
First pitch on Friday night is set for 7 p.m.
Tickets are pre-sale only and can be purchased through the teams website.
All the games will be streamed live on the team’s YouTube channel.