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 February 27, 2015

American River College sophomore first baseman Dalton deVries (Oakmont) was named the Northern California Player of the Week for the week of February 16th-21st, head coach Doug Jumelet announced on Thursday.  DeVries was 8x13 on the week with 2 doubles, a home run- his first collegiate home run- 5 RBI and a stolen base for the week.  The Beavers won all three road games during the week, at Mission College in Santa Clara, at Shasta College in Redding, and at Laney College in Oakland.  Dalton is the first Beaver to win player of the week honors in the three years that the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association (CCCBCA) has been offering the recognition.  Last season, Thomas Peterson (DeLaSalle) earned the Northern California Pitcher of the Week honor.

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Beavers dominate

February 20-21, 2015

ARC-9                    Cabrillo-0

ARC-9                    De Anza-0

Overall: 5-0         Conference: 1-0

The Beavers took a trip to the bay area to face up against two Coast Conference teams, the Cabrillo Seahawks and the De Anza Dons. ARC was able to shutout both opponents, although they were pushed to 3 sets at #2 singles (Jimmy Giovannini) and #3 singles (Dylan King) against De Anza. Other highlights included dominating performances at #1 singles in both matches. Against Cabrillo, Giovannini played a nearly flawless match in a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Nick Batchelder. Against De Anza, Seppi Capaul routed his opponent 6-1, 6-0 in the most convincing victory on the day for the Beavers against the Dons. At the end of the trip the Beavers had pushed their undefeated record to 5-0. They will next face off against their two toughest conference competitors when they play at Diablo Valley College on Tuesday, February 24 and at home against Santa Rosa on Friday, February 27.

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  February 26, 2015

The four game winning streak is over.  The Beavers first home game since a 7-4 victory over Solano College on February 10th ended in a 6-4 loss to Diablo Valley College on Thursday.  The Vikings scored 4 of their 6 runs with 2 outs as Beavers starter Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) just couldn’t finish a couple of the innings unscathed.  He went a career high 7 2/3 innings, scattering 9 hits and walking 3, one of them intentionally.  Offensively, the previously potent lineup just couldn’t cash in on some opportunities, as the Beavers had 17 baserunners on the day, but only were able to push across 4 runs.  The Beavers left at least two runners on in 5 of the 9 innings.  RF Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) led the way with a pair of hits and LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) had an RBI triple, his team leading third triple of the season. 

The Beavers have the weekend off before traveling to Modesto on Tuesday, then back home on Thursday to face cross-town rival Cosumnes River, followed by a Friday trip to Diablo Valley College in Concord to close out the non-conference portion of the schedule.

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 February 24, 2015

American River College jumped out to a 7-0 lead at Solano College on Tuesday, then hung on to win a nail biter 9-7 for the teams 4th win in a row on the road.  A.R.C. got off to a 3-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a bases loaded triple by LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont).  The Beavers added 3 more in the 2nd inning thanks to an RBI single by CF Brandon Raposa (Woodcreek), followed by a ball hit down the line by RF Alex Gaskin (Jesuit).  Gaskin later scored on a sac fly by Lunardelli who picked up his 4th RBI in the first 2 innings.  He added and RBI single in the third as well. 

Sophomore LHP Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) was in command for the first five innings before the Falcons got on the board in the 6th with back-to-back doubles.  Gunter allowed two more runs in the 7th before RHP Kyle Beardsley (Franklin) came on to get the only batter he faced to ground out.  Kyle Grant (Burbank) came on in the 8th and had some control issues, allowing 4 runs in 2/3 of an inning.  Sophomore Mike Marlar (Casa Roble) finished the 8th and the 9th to pick up his 2nd save of the season. 

Alex Gaskin added another double with 2 outs in the 7th to drive in 2 more on the day.

The Beavers finally return home on Thursday to host BIG 8 Conference rival Diablo Valley College in a non-league contest at 2:00 p.m. 

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February 21, 2015

The American River College baseball team bounced back from a tough President’s Day Weekend last week where they dropped a pair of games at Hartnell College in Salinas to take three games on the road, all at least two hours away, and scoring double digits in all three games.  They finished the week by defeating Laney College 10-4 in Oakland on Saturday.  The Beavers jumped on the Eagles starter by scoring three runs in the first inning, all with two out.  With runners on first and third, DH Dalton deVries (Oakmont) sent a line drive into center field to score SS Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda).  LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) then drilled a double to right to score DH Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) and deVries.  Laney answered back though, scoring a pair of runs in the first off of starter Tommy Balmain (Oakmont) on bases loaded walks.  Balmain settled down to allow three runs in 5+ innings on 4 hits to pick up his second win of the season.

A.R.C. added a run in the 5th on a Colton Freeman (El Camino) single.  Two more runs came in in the 6th inning, the first on a double to right by Cameron Bennett to score Brandon Raposa (Woodcreek) who scored from first as he was running on the pitch.  Bennett later scored on a Kirby Broadbent sac fly.  With the score 6-4 in the 8th inning the Beavers relentless offense put the game away with 4 runs, the big blow being a two run single by C Bryan Babcock (Antelope). 

Freshman Christian Savage (Cosumnes Oaks) threw four scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit to pick up his first career save.  The Beavers get one more game against a non-BIG 8 Conference opponent as they travel to Solano College in Fairfield to wrap up their 6 game road trip on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.  The Beavers defeated Solano 7-4 at home on February 10th.

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Pete Giiachetti Invite

Women's Track & Field

February 20, 2015

American River College Women’s Track and Field outperformed their competition at the Pete Giiachetti Invite.

Two state standards were hit today, by the lady beavers, in both the 4X100 and the women’s javelin.

Opening up with the 4X100 included Freshman Abigail Finlayson (former El Dorado High School), sophomore Olivia Brown (Del Campo HS), freshman Tatiana Bell ( Del Campo HS) and freshman Imani Thomas (Pleasant Grove HS).  They won the event in 48.5.

Also qualifying under the state “A” standard was sophomore Shelby Crider (Placer HS) who won her event with her 35.78m (117’5”) throw.  Crider was also 2nd in the hammer at 41.65m (136’8”).  This also marks the 10th best throw in ARC’s history.

In addition to the state “A” standard, the ladies also hit 10 Northern California “B” Standard qualification marks. In the pole vault, 4X400,

Sophomore Siena Morgan (Del Oro HS) won the pole vault with her 3.09m (10’2”).

The winning 4X400 squad finished in 4:05.65 which included freshman Ane Archuleta (Pleasant Grove HS), Tatiana Bell, freshman Silvana Zuniga-Valdivia (University of Peru) and freshman Imani Thomas (Pleasant Grove HS). Read More

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Beavers defeat Shasta Knights

February 18, 2015

ARC-9            Shasta College-0

Overall: 3-0    Conference: 1-0

The Beavers started off conference play with a 9-0 shutout over the Shasta Knights. Highlights included Elias Burbick, Nick Shirk, and AJ De Castro competing in their first official matches for American River. In the singles, Burbick (#2) and Shirk (#4) each won their matches 6-2, 6-1. In the doubles, De Castro and Shirk teamed up for an 8-2 victory at #2. ARC will next play Cabrillo College on Friday, February 20 as part of a road trip to the bay area to compete against some tough Coast Conference competition. They will also play De Anza College during the trip on Saturday, February 21.  

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 February 18, 2015

American River College has spent at least 13 hours on a bus in the last two days, and it has worked wonders for the beavers offense.  One day after defeating Mission College 10-0 on 16 hits in Santa Clara, A.R.C. tallied 19 more hits and scored 17 runs in defeating Shasta College in Redding on Wednesday.  Sophomores Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) and Colton Freeman (El Camino) led the way with 4 hits apiece.  Sophomores Steve Mercado (Antelope), Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) and Dalton deVries (Oakmont) chipped in with 3 RBI apiece. 

The Beavers got out to an early lead, scoring once in the first thanks to a couple of Shasta errors, then adding four runs in the 2nd, with RF Alex Gaskin lifting a double to center to drive in two that the Shasta centerfielder lost in the sun.  Freshman P/DH Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) then drove his team leading 6th double on the season into the left center gap to score Gaskin.   Shasta fought back, scoring four in the 2nd and two more in the 3rd on a Colton Freeman throwing error with two outs that allowed two runs to score.  The Beavers tied the game then retook the lead in the 5th inning when freshman C Matt Elliott (Oakmont) grounded out to first with the bases loaded.  2B Steve Mercado later singled with 2 outs to drive in a pair, and Broadbent walked two batters later with the bases loaded.  A.R.C. added three in the 7th inning, with the big blow being a Dalton deVries double to left with two outs.  The game was still reasonably close in the 9th as the Beavers added 5 runs on 6 hits to put the game away.  CF Justin Jordan (Folsom) added a bases loaded two run double with two outs to finish the scoring. 

Kirby Broadbent picked up his first collegiate win, scattering four hits over 7 innings, striking out 7 while walking 5.  LHP Kyle Grant (Burbank) threw a scoreless 8th and 9th and struck out four.

The Beavers travel to Laney College in Oakland on Saturday to face their former Bay Valley Conference foes at 1:00 p.m.

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 February 17, 2015

Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) took it upon himself to help the beleaguered pitching staff by throwing 7 shutout innings, he struck out 8 and did not walk any.  He allowed a single to the leadoff batter and then surrendered just one more hit the rest of the way.  It was by far the best single outing by a Beaver pitcher this year.  Kyle Beardsley (Franklin) and LHP Kyle Grant (Burbank) each threw a hitless inning of relief also.  The Beavers jumped on the board early as sophomore DH Dalton deVries (Oakmont) hit the Beavers first home run since Jason Fletcher (Rosemont) homered against Sierra College on April 16th, 2013.  The Beavers went homerless last year.  Sophomore Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) tied a school record with three doubles on the day, while adding a pair of RBI.  SS Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) and 1B Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) also added three hits each on the day.  The Beavers tallied a season high 5 doubles on the day plus the home run.  deVries and Broadbent added doubles for the offense.  The Beavers scored 6 times in the third inning, with 5 of the runs coming with 2 outs.  They added another three runs in the 4th to go up 10-0 and the score would remain there the rest of the way.  The Beavers travel to Shasta College in Redding on Wednesday to make-up a rained out game from February 7th.  The box score and cumulative season stats are not available at this time.

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Modesto Invitational

February 18, 2015

Conference standings:


American River-25

Santa Rosa-25

Diablo Valley-16


ARC: Overall: 2-0       Conference: 0-0

With conference play starting the following week, the Beavers participated in the 41st annual Modesto Invitational Tournament as a final tune-up before the conference dual-team season. The tournament features a unique format. It is a flighted tournament in which each player competes in a separate draw comprised of players at the same ladder position for their respective team. The team champion of the tournament is determined by the amount of overall individual wins each team earns. Of the 14 teams competing, ARC tied with Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) for second place. Foothill College (FH) finished 6 points ahead of the Beavers and SRJC.

All 6 ARC players reached their respective singles semifinals. Seppi Capaul was the Flight 1 singles champion and Jimmy Giovannini (flight 2) and Ryan Wilson (flight 5) reached the final in their flights. In the doubles, all 3 ARC duos reached the semifinals, but only Capaul/Giovannini were able to advance past that point. The #1 pair beat Gonzalez/Purser (MJC) 7-6(4), 6-4 in the semifinal and beat the #1 seeded Feldmanis/Resende (FH) in the final 6-3, 7-5. Capaul became only the second ARC player in the last twenty years to win both the Flight1 singles and the Flight 1 doubles championship at the Modesto Invitational, repeating Lovedeep Singh's performance of 2014. 

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Beavers beat Pirates

February 10, 2015

ARC: 7                 MJC: 2

Overall: 2-0         Conference: 0-0

The Beavers continued the strong start to their season with a convincing victory over the Pirates from Modesto Junior College. The Beavers won routine matches at #2 and #3 doubles, but Seppi Capaul/Nic Atkinson lost at #1 dubs after fighting back from a 5-0 deficit to force a tie-break. Despite the loss, the great effort translated to the singles for Capaul and Atkinson as they turned in their best singles performances of the season, winning in straight sets at #1 and #5 respectively. Other highlights from the singles included a 6-0, 6-0 win from TJ Aukland at #3. ARC will next compete at the Modesto Invitational Tournament on Feb 13-14. It is a flighted tournament, allowing each player to compete in a draw against other players from Northern California that play at the same spot in their teams lineup. The Beavers have finished in 2nd place in the 16 team tournament each of the last 3 years.

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Beavers defeat College of the Sequoias

February 10, 2015

ARC Top 3, Claudia Plascencia Astudillo, Hope Bailey and Aggie Johnson remain unbeaten in singles this year after another dominating performance against College of Sequoias.  C. Plascencia Astudillo and H. Bailey continue to roll winning their third consecutive match at #1 Doubles.  Paja Lynhiavue and A. Johnson outlasted a tough opponent to secure a crucial point at #2 doubles.

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 February 14, 2015

American River College continued to struggle on the mound this weekend, allowing 22 runs in two games to previously winless Hartnell College in Salinas.  The Beavers dropped the Friday game 10-6 despite A.R.C. out-hitting the Panthers 14-9 on the day.  P/DH Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) led the way with a 4x5 day at the plate, but suffered the loss, allowing 7 runs through 5 innings.  CF Brandon Raposa (Woodcreek) added three hits in 4 trips to the plate.  The Beavers had four doubles on the day.

Saturday was even worse as nothing seemed to work, as the offense managed just 5 hits, two in the 9th inning.  Defensively the Beavers made three errors and had several other miscues which led to several hits and several runs for Hartnell.  The pitching struggled as well, allowing 19 hits and walking 6.  The Beavers travel to Mission College in Santa Clara on Tuesday to face Mission College, then go up I-5 to face Shasta College in Redding on Wednesday.

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February 10, 2015

American River College used a 4 run 8th inning to defeat the visiting Solano College Falcons 7-4 on Tuesday.  The Falcons got off to a 3-0 lead in the 2nd inning off of Beavers starter Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) who battled some wildness early, walking 4 in the first 3 innings of work.  The Beavers answered back in the bottom of the 2nd when DH James Boitano (Argonaut) singled in LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) who enjoyed a 4x4 day at the plate.  The Beavers would tie the game in the 5th when 3B Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) drew a bases loaded walk, followed by a Lunardelli single to left to tie the game.  The Beavers broke it open in the 8th when 1B Colton Freeman (El Camino) singled in Lunardelli through a drawn in infield with one out.  After A.R.C. loaded the bases with two outs SS Steve Mercado (Antleope)  singled to center, then managed to stay in a run down long enough for CF Brandon Raposa (Woodcreek) to score from first.  RHP Mike Marlar (Casa Roble) came on in relief in the 9th to close out the game and pick up his first save of the year.  Freshman RHP Tommy Balmain (Oakmont) picked up his first collegiate win.  The Beavers travel to Salinas this Friday and Saturday to take on Hartnell College for a pair of games.  The Beavers next 6 games are all on the road.

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 Dual-team match

February 3, 2015

ARC: 9                   Reedley: 0

Overall: 1-0         Conference: 0-0

In their first dual-team match of the season, ARC played with good energy and executed a workmanlike performance against the Tigers from Reedley College. After the sweep in doubles, ARC sat #1 player Seppi Capaul. TJ Aukland stepped in to the top spot and put on a solid performance, winning 6-3, 6-2 against Reedley #1 Patrick Smith. Other highlights included 6-0, 6-0 victories from #3 Ryan Wilson and #6 Nic Atkinson. It was a promising start to the team-season. The Beavers will next play Modesto Junior College at home on February 10th.

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February 5, 2015

Freshman LHP Andrew Fuentes (Pioneer) had a rough start on the mound, lasting just a third of an inning while allowing 5 runs which was too big of a hole for the Beavers to dig out of.  Fifth ranked Feather River College used that five run first and some strong pitching to quiet the Beavers bats in a 9-3 defeat for A.R.C.  The Beavers managed just 3 hits on the day, with 1B Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) delivering a 2 run triple in the 8th after the first two hitter of the inning had walked.  DH Dalton deVries (Oakmont) followed with a sac fly to score Broadbent.  The Beavers drew 7 walks on the day but could not capitalize on them.  Fuentes struggled early, walking three, hitting one and giving up a two run single, all before the Beavers had a chance to bat.  Freshman Tommy Balmain (Oakmont) came on in relief and did very well, throwing 6 2/3 scoreless innings to give the Beavers a chance to keep the game close.  Feather River scored twice in the top of the 8th to go up 7-0 before the Beavers scored 3.  The Beavers are scheduled to travel to Shasta College on Saturday but with the pending storm, there is a chance that it will be cancelled.  The Beavers play at home again on Tuesday against Solano College at 2:00 p.m. 

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February 4, 2015

American River College got their first win of the season at home Wednesday night in a game that was originally scheduled for Thursday, but was moved up to beat the incoming storm.  The Beavers defeated the visiting Shasta College Knights 9-1.  The Beavers out-hit the Knights 12-3, with DH Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) launching two double and LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) driving in a pair of runs in the bottom of the 7th with a triple to left center.  He later scored on a wild pitch to put the Beavers up 9-0 at the time.  The Beavers got out to a 4 run lead in the first three innings thanks  to  7 hits by 7 different players.  Starter Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) was effective through 6 innings as he struck out 8 and allowed just a pair of singles in the 5th inning.  The game got a little sloppy late as the dew on the ground made it tough on the fielders to make plays which led to several Shasta errors and an A.R.C. error in the 9th which contributed to several unearned runs late in the game.

The Beavers are home again on Thursday to play Feather River College at 3:00 p.m.  There will be no game on Friday, and the Beavers are scheduled to travel to Redding to play Shasta again on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

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 February 1, 2015

Once again American River College got plenty of runners on base and scored 11 times- which matched last season’s single game high- but the pitching was far from able to hold down the West Valley Vikings, as the Beavers lost 19-11 in Saratoga on Saturday.  A.R.C. pitchers walked 11 batters and hit two while allowing 14 hits.  The Beavers had some early miscues as well which put the team in a 10-1 hole after 3 innings.  For the second straight day the defense threw away a bunt which allowed a pair of unearned runs to score.  The Beavers did rally with the bats, closing the lead to 10-8 in the 5th inning, but West Valley was able to keep scoring, finally putting the game away with a 4 run 8th inning, topped by a 2 run home run by Vikings 3B Billy Mullins.  At the plate the Beavers were led by 2B Colton Freeman (El Camino) who had a pair of doubles and three RBI, and FR Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) who was 1x2 with a 3 RBI and a pair of walks.  1B Dalton deVries (Oakmont) added a hit and a pair of RBI as well, and sophomore James Boitano (Argonaut) got his first hit of the season, a pinch hit single to right center in the 9th inning.

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 January 29, 2015

American River College opened the 2015 season with some great weather but some rough sailing on the mound at Beaver Field on Thursday.  Beaver starter Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) was roughed up for 8 hits in 3+ innings while allowing a career high 6 walks.  The Beavers bullpen was effective as RHP Tommy Balmain (Oakmont) came on in relief to throw 4 scoreless innings.  RHP Kyle Beardsley (Franklin) allowed a run in the 8th inning but struck out the side and lefty Kyle Grant (Burbank) worked a scoreless 9th inning.  At the plate the Beavers had their opportunities, as they had at least one runner on base in every inning.  After being down 6-1 after two innings and 8-2 after 4, they managed to get within striking distance, closing the gap to 8-5 in the 5th after a Matt Elliott (Oakmont) double to right and an RBI groundout by sophomore CF Brandon Raposa (Woodcreek).  The Beavers were unable to score again after having runners on base in each of the last 4 innings.  Seven of the nine starters in the lineup had hits, with freshman DH Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) having a pair of hits, including a double off of the right field fence.  Sophomore 3B Austin Call (Oakmont) also added an RBI double in the 1st inning.

The Beavers travel to West Valley on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. start.

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 January 23, 2015

The weather forecast is favorable for this Saturday’s 12th Annual American River College Alumni Batting Practice/Blue vs. White Intrasquad game and BBQ.  The Alumni will take batting practice from 10:00-11:00 AM. The 2015 Beavers will play a 5-6 inning intrasquad game in uniform starting at noon, which will be followed by a Tri-Tip BBQ catered by O’Connor’s Santa Maria Grill of Orangevale.

The Beavers kick off the 2015 season next Thursday, the 29th at home versus West valley College at 2:00 p.m.

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