For the first game in the championship, the Neptune Beach Pearl took on the top-seeded Humboldt Crabs, in a rematch of the 2011 Far West League Championship.
The Crabs struck first, hitting a 2 RBI double off of starting pitcher Will Anderson (Fresno State). The Pearl’s bats began to come alive in the fourth inning, as left fielder DonAndre Clark (St. Mary’s) hit a RBI single before second baseman Eddie Mora (Sierra College) followed up with a RBI single of his own to make it a tie ball-game. Designated hitter Peter Creamer (Eastern New Mexico) hit a RBI sacrifice fly to give the Pearl their first lead of the game at 3-2 in the top of the seventh. Anderson pitched for 7 2/3 strong innings before being relieved by Jordan Haseltine (University of San Francisco), who gave up the tying run on a fielder’s choice. Righthander Collin Monagle (Sierra College) came in to close out the eighth.
The game went into the eleventh inning, with Monagle getting out of several jams to keep the Pearl’s hopes alive. After the Pearl was unable to do anything with their half of the inning, the Crabs laid down a suicide squeeze to win the game 4-3, relegating the Pearl to second place in the Far West League championships.
With the loss, the Humboldt Crabs defeat the Neptune Beach Pearl to win the Far West League title for the second year in a row. The Pearl finish the season with a 31-18 regular season record, 12-7 in league play and 2-2 in the playoffs.