KENDALL’S WALK OFF HIT LIFTS BEAVERS TO 2ND WIN IN TWO DAYS
March 6, 2014
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American River College improved to 6-7 on the season with a 5-4 win in 10 innings over #16 ranked Laney College on Thursday. The Beavers also improved to 3-2 at Beaver Field this season and 2-0 in extra inning games. Chase Hunt-Murray (Davis) started on the mound for A.R.C. and threw an efficient 7 1/3 innings, allowing 4 runs but just 2 of them earned. He recorded 9 first pitch outs on the day, including a double play ball in the 6th inning. The Beavers overcame several miscues, including three errors from SS Jon Kendall (Liberty Ranch), who would later be the hero with a game winning walk-off single in the 10th inning. The Beavers had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the 8th when RF Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) singled with two outs which should have scored DH Joe Williams (Jesuit) from second. 2B Steve Mercado (Antelope) was thrown out trying to get to third on the play and the out was recorded before the run scored.
The Beavers were able to tie the game in the 9th however after freshman Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) hit a pinch hit single to lead off the 9th. After he was bunted over to second the Beavers were able to load the bases with one out for Mercado. He lifted a fly ball to shallow left field but it was enough to score Lunardelli to tie the game. After sophomore Patrick Upchurch (Rancho Bernardo) retired the side in the top of the 10th, 3B Austin Call (Oakmont) doubled down the left field line to lead off the inning. C Wade Brill (Woodcreek) laid down a nice bunt towards the third base side which saw the Laney pitcher slip as he was trying to field the ball for a bunt single, Brill’s second of the season. Kendall then laced a 1-0 pitch to right center to score Call for the game winning run.
Patrick Upchurch picked up his second win of the season.
The Beavers travel to the College of Marin on Friday for their final non-league tilt before beginning Big 8 Conference play on Tuesday against cross-town rival Sac City College at 2:30.
BEAVERS SHUT OUT COMETS AT HOME
March 5, 2014
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Pitching and defense has been the key for the Beavers this season and Wednesday was no different as freshman RHP Jake Campbell (Rio Linda) threw 8 scoreless innings which was followed by a scoreless 9th from closer Patrick Upchurch (Rancho Bernardo) as American River defeated Contra Costa College 4-0. The game was played on Wednesday because it had been rained out both last Saturday and this past Monday. It was the Beavers 2nd shutout victory of the season.
The Beavers had chances to score early, but C Joe Williams (Jesuit) was stranded at 2nd in the first inning and A.R.C. had the bases loaded with no outs in the 4th inning and failed to score. With the Beavers up 3-0 in the 8th RF Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) doubled to left which was followed by a Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) double to center. It was the second time in three games that the pair has double in the same inning.
The Beavers stay home tomorrow to play Laney College at 2:00 p.m.
ARC Beavers tennis teams take on conference rival Folsom Lake
March 4, 2014
Season: 4-0 Conference:3-0
The Beavers remained undefeated on the season with a 9-0 victory over the Folsom Lake Falcons. In the doubles Jimmy Giovannini and Kevin Valentine stepped up to the #1 spot and earned an 8-2 win. Nic Atkinson and Nick Cardoza also won 8-2 at the #2 spot and Hien Bui and Tate Yurica teamed together for the first time on the year, beating the Folsom Lake #3 team 8-1. The singles highlights included Adam Duong moving up to the #1 spot for the first time in his career and winning his match without dropping a game before his opponent retired early in the second set. Yurica and Forrest Bacchi played in their first official singles competitions of the year, each gaining hard fought straight-set wins at #5 and #6 respectively. The Beavers will face off against Foothill college on Saturday, March 8th in a match-up that will feature two of the top three teams in Northern California.
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Overall Record 5-3
After back-to-back disappointing losses, the Beavers rebound with a strong performance against conference rival Folsom Lake. The Beavers started doubles with great energy and aggressive net play, which led to decisive victories in every line. Singles started in the same fashion with the entire team competing well and completing a solid team win winning five of six singles lines.
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Lady Beavers Perform well at the Beaver Relays
March 1, 2014
The American River College lady Beavers did a great job at their first home meet amongst 14 competing teams.
Autumn Edgar was our top scoring female with a first place finish in the 400 meter hurdles (1:08.75), and second in the 100m hurdles (17.43) with a new personal best. She also anchored the 4x400, with teammates Mariah Earl, Hailey Cooley, and Ashley Stubbs (4:29.45).
Earl also bettered her performance in the 4X100, along with teammates Ciara Richardson, Kyrah Vaughn, and Katelyn Rowe (50.90). Not only did she compete in both relays but also in the 100 m. hurdles with a second place finish (16.09). Then she added triple jump for her debute at (9.97m/32’ 8.5”).
Sienna Morgan won the pole vault with a personal best by six inches in route to qualifying with the State Automatic mark. Just missing the next highest mark, she cleared 3.24m/10’ 7.5”.
Cooley also ran the 400mH (1:18.87), then cut off .29 in the 100mH (16.83). She also debuted in her first 100m dash of the season (13.88).
Fellow sophomore, Stubbs, finished 2nd in the 400H (1:10.04). She also ran in the 100m (13.36) hitting a personal record by just over three tenths of a second. Stubbs’ fourth event included the lead off (200) of the Sprint Medley Relay, 200-200-400-800, (4:18.84), with teammates, Vaughn, Keirnan Hawthrone, and anchor Kandace Compton. They finished second with a mark good enough for second place on the ARC All Time Top Ten List.
Hawthrone also competed in the winning 4x200m relay with teammates Siena Morgan, Ciara Richardson, and Ashley Reddic (2:01.78).
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Big 8 Conference Athlete of the Week
February 27, 2014
Congratulations to ARC Beaver Track and Field Athlete Kandace Compton!
Kandace was a triple winner at the Sacramento City College Opener. She won the 800 (2:22.76), 1500m (4:57.70) and ran on the 4 x 400m relay (4:04.87). Her times in the 800m and 1500m are currently #7 in the State and the 4 x 400m Relay is #5 in the State.
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