BEAVERS BLANKED BY DVC
April 22, 2014
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American River College was shut out by Diablo Valley College 6-0 at Viking Field in Concord on Tuesday. It marked the 5th time this season that the Beavers have been shut out. DVC got out to an early lead off of Beavers starter Thomas Peterson (DeLaSalle) as the second pitch of the game was drilled to center for a triple, then the next batter singled on the first pitch he saw to put A.R.C. in a hole. Peterson showed flashes of being his dominant self but also struggled putting hitters away at times as he lasted 4 innings, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits. Sophomore lefty Ben Krauth threw a complete game shutout. Krauth leads the state in ERA, and strikeouts, is second in innings pitched and is 9th in the state in strikeouts per nine innngs.
The Beavers final home game is Thursday against Diablo Valley College at 2:30 p.m.
Team Playoff-Norcal Final
April 19, 2014
ARC: 3 Fresno City: 5
Conference: 8-0 Overall: 15-3
ARC came out firing in the doubles, going up an early break in each of the three matches. Unfortunately, #3 team Nic Atkinson/Nick Cardoza were unable to hold on, but #2 Jimmy Giovannini/Kevin Valentine and #1 Adam Duong/Lovedeep Singh both posted solid victories against their tough Ram opponents. In the singles, the Beavers lost at #3, #5, and #6 quickly to fall behind 4-2, but Duong kept the Beavers alive with a 6-3, 6-4 win at #4. The last two matches on were #1 Singh and #2 Valentine. As Singh won his second set to push his match to a third set, Valentine lost his second set tie-breaker after fighting off five match points to relinquish the team match, and thus the Beavers team season. It was an extremely successful year for the Beavers and it matches their best regional playoff run since they won the state title in 1966. The team still has the individual state championships at Ojai to play. The top four singles players and all three doubles teams qualified for the event. It will start on Thursday, April 24th. Among the seeded Beaver singles players are Singh (#1 Norcal), Valentine (#7 Norcal), Giovannini (#10 Norcal), and Duong (#14 Norcal). In the doubles Duong/Singh will enter the tournament as the #1 team from the north and Giovannini/Valentine will be the #6 seed from Norcal.
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BEAVERS STRUGGLE ON “D”, LOSE SERIES TO SIERRA
April 18, 2014
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A number of defensive miscues allowed Sierra College to score 3 unearned runs and defeat the Beavers 9-6 at Beaver Field on Friday. Sierra scored twice in the first on an error by 1B Cole Ebner (El Camino) which could have cut down a run at the plate and gotten the Beavers and starter Jake Campbell out of the first unscathed. Sierra jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the 4th on a bizarre play in which the Sierra baserunner was stealing second but the ball was put in play with a chopper to third. A.R.C. 3B Austin Call (Oakmont) realized that he was not going to be able to get the out at first so he turned to third to get the runner trying to advance but he dropped the ball. When the runner realized that nobody was left covering the plate he broke for home and won the footrace to the plate, scoring from first on a ball that was hit about 75 feet. A double and a single later and Sierra was up 5-0. The Beavers got off the matt though and closed the score to 5-3 in the 6th after back-to-back two out doubles by RF Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) and CF Brandon Raposa (Woodcreek) scored three runs. Sierra came right back in the top of the 7th after Beavers reliever Mike Marlar (Casa Roble) walked the bases loaded then allowed a 2 run single to Wolverine 1B Dalton Blaser. Marlar had retired the first 6 batters in order that he faced before walking 3 of the next 4. The 8th run of the day for Sierra scored when C Wade Brill’s (Woodcreek) throw to third to try and get the stealing baserunner sailed into left field. The Beavers answered the bell again, scoring twice in the bottom of the 7th on a Cole Ebner two run single up the middle. Sierra got their final run in the 8th off of closer Patrick Upchurch (Rancho Bernardo) when Sierra’s catcher Max Magleby tripled in a run with two outs. Once again though A.R.C. closed the lead back to three when Gaskin tripled to open the bottom of the 8th then scored on a passed ball. The Beavers threatened in the bottom of the 9th, bringing the tying run to the plate with 1 out but could not get any more runs in.
The Beavers close out the 2014 season with a three game series against Diablo Valley College next week. A.R.C. travels to Concord on Tuesday and Friday, with the Vikings coming to Beaver Field for the season’s final home game on Thursday at 2:30.
Team Playoff Round 2-Norcal Semifinal
April 15, 2014
ARC: 5 Foothill: 3
Conference: 8-0 Overall: 15-2
In a rematch of the Beavers only Northern California loss on the year, ARC came out strong and finished even stronger on the way to qualifying for their second straight Norcal championship match. In the doubles, #2 team Jimmy Giovannini/Kevin Valentine were dominant in their 8-2 win. At #3 Nic Atkinson/Nick Cardoza got off to a good start before losing their lead, but eventually finished the match in an exciting tiebreak. At match-point Cardoza ripped a backhand crosscourt and Atkinson finished it off with a crossing backhand volley. Heading into the singles ahead 2-1, the Beavers earned quick victories at #1 (Lovedeep Singh) and at #4 (Adam Duong), and Cardoza clinched the match with his 6-3, 6-2 win at #5. #3 player Giovannini was ahead 6-4, 5-2 (40-0) when the match was stopped due to Cardoza winning the 5th match for the Beavers. ARC will head to Fresno to play the Rams in the Norcal team final on Saturday, April 19th.
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Lady Beavers step up at Mt. SAC meet
April 12, 2014
Shelby Crider had a 20 foot personal record in the Javelin (6 feet away from the meet record and beating second place by 24 feet) with a winning throw of 41.93m/137 feet, 7 inches. This moves her up to 3rd on our Top Ten All-Time List and 3rd in the state.
In the Pole Vault, Siena Morgan and Ariel Maroon match heights (3.39m/11’ 1.5”) finishing 3rd and 4th overall respectively.
Olesya Khokhlan had a best mark in the triple jump of 10.78m/ 35 feet 4.5 inches.
For the running events, in the 5k Cheyenne Drury ran a 23 second personal best (19:34.19). Drury was joined by Gina Wood, with an 11 second personal best of 19:18.49.
In the 3k Steeplechase Zoe Worobel finished in a time of 13:27.97.
Lady Beaver Kandace Compton ran the 1500m (4:52.68) she was followed by teammates Jocelyn Stillwell (4:54.35, a personal record), and Natalie Berania (5:16.73).
Kyrah Vaughn, yet again, runs a personal best (2:17.94) in the 800m and moves up to 10th in the state. She was followed by Jocelyn Schmidt (2:30.74).
Vaughn also anchored the mile relay (3:59.61) to finish 5th overall and 7th in the state with teammates (Katelynn Rowe, Keirnan Hawthrone, and Ciara Richardson), hitting a personal record. Rowe also had personal records in her 400m (58.75 – 1 second) and 200m (26.41 – 0.6 seconds).
In the 100mh, Mariah Earl ran a season best (15.68) and was followed by her teammates Hailey Cooley (16.51 – pr by 0.02) and Autumn Edgar (17.06 – pr by 0.35 seconds). Edgar also ran the 400mh (66.21), along with Cooley (73.35) and a personal record, Ashley Stubbs (68.30 – pr by 0.5 seconds) and Stillwell (69.12).
Keep an eye out for the ladies’ next meet at San Joaquin Delta College for the Big 8 Conference Trials on Tuesday April 22nd.
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