Fischel secures walk-off win for Crabs in series decider


Ray Hamill/ – Ethan Fischel enjoyed a big debut weekend with the Humboldt Crabs.

Ethan Fischel will certainly remember his debut weekend with the Humboldt Crabs.

On Sunday afternoon, the former Eureka Logger capped a big series for the team with a walk-off base hit in the bottom of the 13th inning to give the Crabs a 5-4 win over the Lincoln Potters.

Fischel’s single to center field on a 2-1 pitch scored Ethan Smith for the game-winning run.

The win was the second straight for the team and secured the weekend series against one of the tougher opponents they’re likely to face all summer.

And it’s a moment Fischel won’t easily forget.

“There were a lot of chances throughout the game for the entire team to get a hit with people in scoring position,” he said. “Just getting that fast ball in the last inning after seeing so many curve balls, I was very happy to get it and to get a good swing.”

Fischel finished the game with two hits and two walks, while another former Logger was equally impressive, with Aidan Morris also finishing with two hits in the win, including a double.

“Aidan was amazing,” Fischel said of his former Eureka teammate who is in his second season with the Crabs. “Aidan brings a certain type of energy every day to the field. He’s a gamer.”

The Crabs also enjoyed some outstanding pitching over the weekend, with Sean Prozell getting the win in relief on Sunday.

Prozell pitched one inning for the victory, with strong performances on the mound also from Owen Stevenson, Wil Springer and Wesley Harper.

“For the first weekend, I was very happy with how we played,” Fischel said. “There was definitely some miscues in the first game as we were trying to get used to the field, but I was very, very happy with how we played.

“The pitching performances all weekend were just outstanding. They couldn’t have pitched any better.”

And that augurs well for the Crabs moving forward this summer.

As for Fischel, making his debut with the long-time local club was a great experience.

“Growing up here, obviously it’s something you dream about as a kid,” the second baseman said. “And so it was a dream come true. And it was really nice to get back out there.

“When you go to the (Crabs) games you can hear the crowd from the stands, but it was definitely different on the field. It was cool.”

Smith also had a big game for the Crabs on Sunday, finishing with three hits including a triple, while Dylan McPhillips and Andrew Allanson each had two hits, including a double.

Next up, the Crabs welcome the Bay Area Force to the Arcata Ball Park on Tuesday for the first game of a two-game midweek stand.

First pitch is set for 7 p.m.

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