Hop Sullivan is playing third base for Bethany College who are 15-2 for the season! My fellow worker June Sullivan is Hop's mom and she was on the road with the team this last week and they won 8 out 9! Hop played 3rd and SS for McKinleyville High and SS for CR before getting a scholarship to play ball at Bethany. (I feel his future in the minors will be as pitcher) The BC Baseball team has 35 roster players and 6 red shirts. He will be on the field this summer for the Crab's I am sure!
Too bad that HSU doesn't have a collegiate baseball team. They did back in the 70's. They have a "Club Team" that competes, but they should have the real thing. I pitched a few games against them 2 years ago with the Eel River Hardball team at Arcata Ball Park. They should be playing other Division 2 teams.
Speaking of the Crabs, I tried out for the team at HSU baseball field after spending a year on the College of the Redwoods baseball team in 79'. I was the oldest on the team at 21. Lou Bonomini cut me after I had fanned a few HSU players. I was driving home with my buddy Stacey Morgan who had a tough tryout but made the team. He tried to console me about being cut: "Man, that is too bad Richard, but you know, they took my picture for the program last week!" I was fit to be tied. Stacey also was a star QB on the CR football team and played on the Basketball team. He was drafted by the Philles. Dave Stone, Mark Suchanek, Mike and Ron Spini from our CR team played for the Crabs. They cut Keith Ambrosini who I thought was one of the best I ever saw in center field. 4 players from that team played for pay. I play to this day for fun. Wish I was good enough to play in the minors. Just average. But I was on the Dean's list grade wise during the season!
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