Crabs Shell Out Honors to Cates, Parham
Humboldt, Calif. -- Matadors Richard Cates and John Parham each snagged postseason honors for their efforts this summer for the Humboldt Crabs, an independent collegiate summer team in Humboldt, CA. Parham garnered the Defensive Player of the Year award for his work behind the plate, while Cates slugged his way to Offensive Player of the year honors.
Parham, the team's first-string catcher, logged just three errors while catching seven runners stealing to claim the top defender award. He also put on quite a show at the dish and on the basepaths, batting .336, pounding out 12 doubles and three triples, and swiping 18 bags to tie for the team lead in that category. Parham's total of 41 RBI was third-best on the squad.
Cates also had a prolific summer season, batting .400 for the year and leading the squad with 52 RBI, 15 doubles, 72 hits, and 49 games started. His .400 batting average and .511 slugging percentage put him second on the squad.
Together, the Northridge teammates helped lead the Crabs to a 42-12 regular season mark and were a part of the team's best-ever attendance year.
Also joining the honorees in Humboldt this summer was Matador Davin Tate, who posted a solid campaign. The 2008 sophomore logged six starts, going 4-0 and collecting two complete games while amassing 34 punch outs. The big right hander compiles a 3.90 ERA and held opponents to a .225 batting average.
2008 will represent Parham and Cates' junior seasons at Cal State northridge, while Tate will be a sophomore. All three will be looked to as contributors for the Matadors, who lost team triple crown winner Jorge Andrade Jr. and pitchers Bobby Paschal, Chuckie Fick, and Joe Rocchio to the professional ranks.