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Austin Call signs with Abilene Christian

 June 29, 2015

American River College sophomore Austin Call (Oakmont) has signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play baseball at Division 1 Abilene Christian University in Texas.  Call played 3B for the Beavers for the past two years after graduating from Oakmont High School.  He was one of 6 former Vikings on the Beavers team this year.  Call was a two-year starter for the Beavers but missed time this year to a broken hand which he suffered in the third game of the season.  He rebounded from the injury to hit .268 in BIG 8 Conference play and had 12 RBI on the season.  He had one of the teams’ three home runs on the season, a two run shot at Santa Rosa. 

“I am very excited for Austin and I think that he will have success at the D-1 level.  Abilene is a good school and we have had a great connection with Coach Bonneau over the years and I have no doubt that Austin will fit into their system very well.  He has worked hard to become a very steady defensive player as well and it is no surprise to me that he is a Division 1 player”,  said Head Coach Doug Jumelet.


 

DeVries earns All-Nor-Cal honors

 May 23, 2015

American River College sophomore Dalton deVries (Oakmont) was named to the All-Northern California team during the state meeting in Fresno on Saturday head coach Doug Jumelet reported.  deVries led the team in batting average at .358 and also in RBI with 24.  He was also named 1st team All-BIG 8 Conference.  During the season he was nominated for the Northern California Player of the Week 3 times and won the honor once.  He had 14 multi-hit games during the season including 8 three hit games.

“I am very proud of Dalton,” said head coach Doug Jumelet.  “He has made a great commitment to improving himself as an all-around player, as a hitter, defensively, and as a base runner.  He has also made great strides as a student and all of that hard work has paid off for him.” 


 

5 BEAVERS NAMED TO ALL-BIG-8 CONFERNECE SQUAD

 April 29, 2015

American River College placed 5 student-athletes on the 2015 All-Big 8 Conference squad, it was announced Wednesday. 

Sophomores Dalton deVries (Oakmont) and Steve Mercado were named 1st team all-conference, deVries and the Designated Hitter and Mercado as an infielder.  Mercado was also the runner-up for the league Gold Glove award for middle infielders.  deVries finished conference play 3rd in the league in batting average, hitting an even .400 with 7 extra base hits and 13 RBI in 20 games.  Mercado made just 3 errors and struck out just 4 times in 21 conference games. 

Sophomores Mike Marlar (Casa Roble) and Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) received 2nd team All-Big 8 Conference honors.  Gaskin hit .294 in conference play with 6 extra base hits and 11 RBI.  He played right field for the Beavers.  Marlar led the conference and the state in saves this season.  Of the Beavers 9 conference wins he had a hand in 7 of them, with one win and six saves.  Marlar posted a 2.13 ERA in conference play.

Sophomore Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) received honorable mention for his sophomore year, finishing conference play with a  3-3 record and a 3.45 ERA.  He had 7 wins on the season.  Gunter finished his A.R.C. career with 11 victories, and was a 2nd team all-conference selection as a freshman in 2014.  He was tied for 3rd in conference play with 35 strikeouts and 2nd in the conference on the season with 68.  His 7 wins this season is the most in one year for the Beavers since Robert Butler had 7 in 2007.


 

Beavers win wild finale 9-8 in 14 innings, await post-season fate

 April 24, 2015

The 2015 American River College Baseball regular season came to a close on Friday with the Beavers winning a wild 14 inning game 9-8 on a walk-off wild pitch.  The first inning started off rough for the Beavers as freshman LHP Mikey Ramirez (Del Campo) struggled through the first, allowing three runs, all after there were two outs and nobody on.  The Beavers came back though, scoring six runs in the top of the first, as the first 6 batters of the game all got base hits.  It was the second straight day that the Beavers recorded 6 hits in a row off of Vikings pitchers.  DVC starter Mike Fowler was replaced after A.R.C. 3B Austin Call (Oakmont) doubled in a pair of runs down the third base line.  Reliever Steve Hantos then hit DH Colton Freeman (El Camino) with a pitch to make it 7 straight Beavers to reach base.  After C Bryan Babcock (Antelope) struck out CF Brandon Raposa (Woodcreek) singled to drive in the 6th run of the inning.  With two outs, SS Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) singled off of the leg of Hantos but it did not drive in a run, but it was the 8th hit of the inning for the Beavers.  Hantos settled down the Beavers bats however, allowing just 3 hits over the next 6 innings.  The Vikings tacked on a run off of Ramirez in the 4th inning, then threatened again in the 6th, loading the bases with one out.  Freshman Christian Savage (Cosumnes Oaks) came on in relief and struck out the next two batters to end the threat.  Savage could not survive the 7th though as He allowed a leadoff single, then walked the next batter.  DVC C Mark Castellucci then bunted up the third base line and Savage bobbled the ball allowing the bases to be loaded.  He then threw a wild pitch, followed by a two run single to give DVC the lead.  Sophomore Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) came on in relief, his first relief outing of the season to try and salvage the Beavers season.  The Beavers did tie the game up in the 7th when a ball hit by Call was misplayed in left field allowing LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) to score and  tie the game at 7 apiece.  With state saves leader Mike Marlar (Casa Roble) on in relief of Gunter, the Vikings were able to score in the top of the 10th inning on a two out single.  The Beavers led off the bottom of the 10th with Austin call getting hit by a pitch, but DH Colton Freeman hit into a double play which made the Beavers hopes look dim.  Sophomore pinch-hitter James Boitano (Argonaut) singled up the middle with two outs to keep their hopes alive.  Freshman Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) then pinch-hit for Raposa and lined a double down the left field line to score Boitano.  The score remained even until the 14th when Colton Freeman singled through the right side with one out.  He stole second then with two outs and CF Justin Jordan (Folsom) at the plate DVC reliever Andrew Merken uncorked a wild pitch to allow Freeman to move up to third.  With a full count Merken then threw ball four to Jordan and the pitch got away from the DVC catcher allowing Freeman to score the game winning run. 

The Beavers finish the season in 4th place and await  the playoff seedings which will be announced on Sunday.


 

Beavers drop crucial game at DVC

April 23, 2015 

Things started out well for the Beavers on Thursday, as they jumped on Diablo Valley College’s ace for two runs in the top of the 1st inning.  With two outs sophomore 1B Dalton deVries (Oakmont) singled in RF Alex Gaskin (Jesuit).  Then sophomore LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont), who had been hit by a pitch and moved up to 2nd on deVries’ base hit, stole third and scored when the catchers throw sailed into left field.  That was the end of the good times for the Beavers.  Freshman Tommy Balmain (Oakmont) who a week earlier threw 8 innings against Sierra College allowing just one run, could not get out of the first inning.  He was charged for 5 runs on 4 hits and a walk in just 2/3 of an inning.  Freshman Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) came on in relief and threw well, at one point retiring 13 straight batters.  A.R.C. got to within one in the 7th inning, as they trailed 7-2 at the time.  The Beavers opened the top of the 7th with 6 straight singles to get the score to 7-6.  With runners on 1st and 2nd and nobody out, DH Colton Freeman (El Camino) was unable to get a bunt down on the first two pitches, then grounded into a double play, as the out was being made at first, the ball got away from DVC’s first baseman, who also got hurt on the play.  He was able to get to his feet in time however to throw out deVries at the plate who was trying to score from second for an unorthodox triple play.  DVC answered right back however, scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the 7th off of three A.R.C. pitchers.  The Beavers allowed three runs to score on wild pitches on the day.

The regular season finale is Friday at 2:30 pm at Beaver Field.  The Beavers playoff hopes hinge on a win against Diablo Valley College tomorrow and certain other scenarios, the main one being Reedley College defeating the College of Sequoias, which would likely enable the Beavers to get in the playoffs. 


 

Beavers keep playoff hopes alive with a 4 - 1 win over DVC

 April 21, 2015

Sophomore LHP Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) stepped up with a big pitching performance on Tuesday, allowing just one run over 8 innings to pick up his 7th win of the season as American River College defeated Diablo Valley College 4-1 at Beaver Field.  The win keeps alive the Beavers playoff hopes, as a sweep would give them a good chance to get in, a split in the last two games would make it difficult.  DVC got their lone run in the 4th inning on a solo HR by the Vikings DH, Ian Hardman.  It was the first ball hit out of Beaver Field this season.  Gunter struck out 7 on the day.  A.R.C. got all four runs in the 5th inning, with sophomore RF Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) lacing a 2 out single to left to score Bryan Babcock (Antelope) to tie the game at one.  After CF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) walked, sophomore 1B Dalton deVries (Oakmont) lined a full count, 2 out single to right to score Gaskin and Lunardelli.  deVries moved up to 2nd on the throw then took 3rd on a passed ball.  Sophomore 3B Austin Call (Oakmont), then beat out an infield single to 3rd to score deVries.  That was all the runs the Beavers would need, as sophomore closer Mike Marlar (Casa Roble) came on in the 9th to pick up his league leading 9th save of the year. 

The two teams meet again on Thursday in Pleasant Hill at 2:30 for the 4th time this season.


 

 

Beavers drop wild one 4 - 2 at Sierra

  April 17, 2015

American River College missed out on an attempt for the sweep of the 3 game series against Sierra College on Friday, dropping game three 4-2 in a game that was very exciting all the way to the end.  The Beavers defense allowed Sierra to score a couple of their runs, but the Beavers defense also took away some opportunities, throwing out two runners at the plate, catching a runner stealing and turning a line drive with runners at 2nd and 3rd with one out into an inning ending double play.  Offensively the Beavers didn’t get on the board until they were down 3-0 in the 6th inning.  Sophomore 1B Dalton deVries (Oakmont) laced a two out single to right to score SS Steve Mercado (Antelope) who had walked.  A.R.C. closed the gap in the 7th when C Bryan Babcock (Antelope) scored from second on a single to left by 2B Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda).  On the tail end of that play Steve Mercado had advanced to second then moved to third when Sierra’s catcher made an errant throw trying to pick Mercado off second.  Sierra got the run back in the bottom half of the inning though when a one out line drive to left was misplayed by LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont).  As the runner on first raced towards the plate Steve Mercado’s relay throw to the plate was just in time to get the Sierra runner.  The next batter singled off of reliever Kyle Grant (Burbank) to put the Wolverines up 4-2.  The Beavers made it interesting in the 9th after Babcock led off with a walk, pinch-hitter Colton Freeman (El Camino) singled up the middle.  Steve Mercado then bunted to put the tying run at 2nd with one out.  Cameron Bennett fouled out to first and RF Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) hit a ground ball to the left side that looked sure to get through but Sierra’s third baseman was deep enough to get a glove on the ball ad throw Gaskin out at first to end the game.

A.R.C. hosts Diablo Valley College in the last week of the regular season on Tuesday and Friday.  The Beavers are still in the playoff hunt, with a sweep of DVC most likely earning them a playoff bid.


 

Beavers win 7 - 1 and take series from Sierra

 April 16, 2015

American River College defeated rival Sierra College 7-1 at Beaver Field on Thursday to keep their playoff hopes alive and clinch the season series with the Wolverines.  A.R.C. got a strong performance from starting pitcher Tommy Balmain (Oakmont) who went 8 innings, allowing just four hits while striking out five, and allowing just one run in the first inning.  Sierra recorded three hits in the first two innings, then did not get another off of Balmain until the 8th inning.  The Beavers offense was led by sophomores Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) who was 3x4 and reached base all five times that he came to the plate, and Dalton deVries (Oakmont) who was 3x4 with two doubles and a triple on the day.  deVries also picked up a pair of RBI’s on the day.  The Beavers took control of the game in the 6th inning after Gaskin reached on an error by the Sierra shortstop, sophomore LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) and deVries hit back-to-back triples.  After a walk and a hit batter, catcher Bryan Babcock (Antelope) hit a grounder to short with the infield in.  Sierra’s shortstop was able to knock the ball down but then threw wildly to the plate allowing deVries to score.  Sophomore SS Steve Mercado (Antelope) then hit a sac fly to left to score DH Colton Freeman (El Camino) to put the Beavers up 6-1.  The Beavers tacked on a run in the 7th when deVries doubled in Alex Gaskin for his second double of the game.

The two teams complete their 3 game series on Friday at 1:00 p.m. at Sierra College   


Beavers take game one from Wolverines 4 - 2

 April 14, 2015

Sophomore LHP Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) came up two outs short of a complete game shutout on Tuesday, as American River College defeated the host Sierra College Wolverines 4-2 in Rocklin.  A.R.C. jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, with the first run scored by Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) on an Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) single up the middle with one out.  After LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) singled, 1B Dalton deVries (Oakmont) hit a grounder to second to force Lunardelli but the return throw to first pulled Sierra’s first baseman off the bag allowing Gaskin to score.  It was one of many miscues on the day for Sierra defensively.  In the 3rd inning Lunardelli doubled down the left field line on a ball that hit the third base bag.  deVries then delivered a 2 out single up the middle to score Lunardelli.  The Beavers were held at bay until the 8th inning when Gaskin reached second on a throwing error by Sierra’s third baseman, Dom Bethancourt.  Dalton deVries then delivered again, this time with a two out single to right to score Gaskin. 

Sierra didn’t score until the 9th when Gunter gave up a leadoff single, at the time just the 4th hit of the game for Sierra.  He then struck out the next batter, but followed that up with a walk and an RBI double to put Sierra on the board.  He was relieved by sophomore Mike Marlar (Casa Roble) who retired the next two batters on four pitches to pick up his 8th save of the season.  His 8 saves puts him tied for 3rd on the Beavers single season save leaders, tied with Kevin Galart (1990), Rob Luce (1995), and Ryan Knippschild (2002).  It also ties him with several others for 4th all-time in career saves.  It also has him tied for the state lead in saves for this season. 

A.R.C. and Sierra meet for game 2 of the series at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday at Beaver Field, followed by the series finale at Sierra on Friday at 1:00 p.m.  


Beavers salvage series, win game 3 over 4th ranked Santa Rosa

 April 11, 2015

After dropping the first two games to the 4th ranked Santa Rosa Junior College Bear Cubs, the American River College Beavers faced a daunting task of going up against Santa Rosa’s ace Garrett Hill.  The Beavers found a way however, with a little help from Santa Rosa’s defense to put up a 3-1 victory in their throwback royal blue uniforms on Saturday.  Freshman LHP Mikey Ramirez (Del Campo) was spectacular for the second straight weekend, limiting the Bear Cubs to one run on six hits over seven innings, while walking just one.  The Beavers got on the board early in the 2nd inning after 3B Austin Call (Oakmont) walked with one out.  After a Bryan Babcock (Antelope) single, CF Brandon Raposa (Woodcreek) hit a chopper to 2nd for what could have been a double play ball.  His hustle allowed him to beat the throw to first, which was wide of the bag for an error which allowed Call to score.  After Santa Rosa tied the score in the 6th, the Beavers took the lead again after a Brandon Raposa one out triple.  After SS Steve Mercado (Antleope) struck out, 2B Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) hit a chopper to short, but the shortstops throw pulled the Bear Cubs first baseman off the bag for another error and a 2-1 A.R.C. lead.  The Beavers added to the lead in the 8th after 1B Dalton deVries (Oakmont) walked, he was pinch ran for by sophomore James Boitano (Argonaut).  Boitano stole 2nd with two outs and then scored on an Austin Call single to left.  Mike Marlar (Casa Roble) came on in the 9th after LHP Kyle Grant (Burbank) threw a scoreless 8th inning.  Marlar retired the side in order in the 9th to pick up his 7th save of the year, the most by a Beaver pitcher since Jake Hower had 9 in 2005.    


BEAVERS DOWNED BY #4 BEAR CUBS

 April 8, 2015

American River College fell to 12-16 on the season after losing 8-2 to #4 ranked Santa Rosa on Wednesday at Beaver Field.  Santa Rosa jumped on Beavers starter Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) in the first inning after a one out walk was followed up by an RBI double to left to put the Beavers down 1-0 just 3 batters into the game.  Santa Rosa got 2 more off Gunter, who was not sharp today, in the 3rd inning.  With 2 outs and nobody on Santa Rosa got a walk, two singles and a balk to plate two runs.  They added two more in the 4th on a two out single with the bases loaded.  Gunter threw 89 pitches in just 4 innings of work.  LHP Andrew Fuentes (Pioneer) threw a scoreless 5th inning but could not survive the 6th.  After retiring the leadoff batter of the inning he hit the next batter, then allowed a single to right.  He then walked the bases loaded, then walked in a run which saw him get pulled from the game for RHP Kyle Beardsley (Franklin) who walked in a run to the first batter he faced.  Santa Rosa added a run in the 7th after Beardsley retired the first two batters of the inning he allowed a single then a triple down the left field line to put the Bear Cubs up 8-0. 

A.R.C. got on the board in the bottom of the 7th after a Steve Mercado (Antelope) single was followed by an Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) double to right.  Gaskin and Mercado both moved up a base when the right fielders throw to second base was fielded by nobody, as both infielders were lined up to relay the ball to the plate.  Pinch hitter Colton Freeman (El Camino) then hit a ground ball to second to score Gaskin from third.

The teams meet up again tomorrow in Santa Rosa at 2:30 p.m.


 

BEAVERS TAKE SERIES FROM PIRATES, HOLD ON FOR 3-2 WIN

April 4, 2015  

It came down to the wire Saturday, but the Beavers and closer Mike Marlar (Casa Roble) held off a 9th inning rally by Modesto JC to defeat the Pirates 3-2 at Beaver Field.  The Beavers got on the board in the 2nd inning after LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) hit his 6th triple of the season, then scored on a close play at the plate on a sac fly by C Bryan Babcock (Antelope).  Lunardelli could have been out but the MJC catcher dropped the ball while applying the tag.  CF Brandon Raposa (Woodcreek) and SS Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) then followed with back-to-back two-out doubles to go up 2-0.  A.R.C. added a third run in the 5th after 2B Steve Mercado (Antelope) reached on strikeout and passed ball.  He was able to advance to 2nd when the catchers throw went into right field.  RF Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) then singled in Mercado.  The Beavers had another chance to score in the 6th when DH Dalton deVries (Oakmont) hit his first career triple to lead off the inning, but Lunardelli and 3B Austin Call (Oakmont) couldn’t drive him in with less than two outs and Babcock grounded out to end the inning. 

Freshman LHP Mike Ramirez (Del Campo) had a superb first career start, going 7 2/3 innings without allowing a run.  He scattered 5 hits and 3 walks, and struck out three and he did not allow a runner to reach third base.  LHP Kyle Grant (Burbank) faced one batter in the 8th and made it count, striking out the batter with two runners on.  Marlar came on in the 9th and gave up a leadoff single, then walked the next batter, just his 3rd walk on the season.  He then got a strikeout and a pop-up to get the Beavers within one out of a shutout.  Modesto pinch-hitter Joe Pedlowe then slapped a 2-2 pitch in the hole between short and third to drive in a run.  Modesto’s next batter then hit a weak groundball to the right side in the hole between first and second in which Steve Mercado made a great play getting to the ball and tried to make a spinning, twirling throw to first to end the game but it was off the mark and the runners were able to move up to 2nd and 3rd and the score 3-2.  Marlar got the next batter to foul out to first to end the game, allowing the Beavers to take the season series from Modesto three games to one, and 2-1 in conference play.

A.R.C. will play Santa Rosa JC at home on Tuesday and Saturday next week, and in Santa Rosa on Thursday.  


 

BEAVERS SHUT OUT FOR FIRST TIME IN 2015

 April 2, 2015

The wind was blowing in at about 15-20 mph all day in Modesto but it didn’t seem to bother the host Pirates as they shut out the Beavers 6-0 on Thursday.  MJC starter Eddie Machado was efficient, striking out five and allowing just two hits – both to RF Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) – in pitching a complete game shutout at Aiello Field.  A.R.C.’s pitchers were not so efficient, as starter Tommy Balmain (Oakmont) walked five in 3 2/3 innings of work while giving up four hits.  He was charged with 5 earned runs allowed. 

The two teams face off for the 4th time this season on Saturday with the Beavers having taken the first two.  The Beavers 2-1 victory on March 3rd was a non-league contest.  The game time for Saturday’s game may be moved up to noon.


 

BEAVERS GET THE W AT HOME, BEAT MODESTO 3-2

  March 31, 2015

American River College picked up their 11th win of the season, ending a rough 2 week stretch with a 3-2 win over visiting Modesto JC on Tuesday.  Sophomore Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) threw 6 innings, allowing just one run but got a no decision for his efforts.  The Beavers took a 1-0 lead in the first when Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) blooped a single to short right off the out-stretched glove of Modesto’s 2B, Josh Miguel to score Steve Mercado (Antelope) who had a one out hustle double to center.  The Beavers added to the lead in the 3rd inning after SS Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) doubled to leadoff the inning, then scored on a single to right by Mercado.  Both teams were in and out of jams until the 8th inning when Modesto scored on a one out single off of reliever Kyle Grant (Burbank) who would end up with his first collegiate victory.  Grant would get out of the jam with no further damage however.  The Beavers scored the winning run in the bottom half of the 8th after a one out walk to 1B Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) was followed by a 2 out triple to right by LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont), which scored Broadbent from first.  Lunardelli’s drive appeared to have been caught by the MJC right fielder, but it was ruled that he did not catch the ball cleanly and after his dive for the ball, the ground jarred it loose.  RHP Mike Marlar (Casa Roble) worked a scoreless but eventful 9th inning as he walked his first batter of the season with one out.  After the Modesto runner stole second, Marlar struck out the next batter, but the pitch got away from C Bryan Babcock (Anelope) allowing the tying run to reach third with one out.  Marlar was able to enduce a pop-up behind first base which was played nicely by Steve Mercado.  With two outs Marlar got a ground ball to short which was fielded cleanly by Cameron Bennett and thrown to first to seal the win for the Beavers. 

The two teams meet again on Thursday in Modesto at 2:30 p.m.  


BEAVERS COME UP JUST SHORT VERSUS DELTA, LOSE 5-4

March 21, 2015

Delta College may be undefeated and ranked #1 in Northern California, but the 18th ranked Beavers may have been the better team on the field on Saturday.  A.R.C.’s pitchers allowed just 3 hits, two of them bunts, and just 5 balls reached the outfield grass all day.  But mistakes plagued the team early on which led to three unearned runs.  Delta got on the board in the 2nd inning after a one out walk, Beavers starter Tommy Balmain (Oakmont) bobbled an easy comebacker for an error.  He then balked the runners to 2nd and 3rd.  The next batter then flew out to left which scored the runner from third easily, but A.R.C. LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) bobbled the ball getting it out of his glove allowing the runner on second to come around and score.  The Beavers got on the board in the 4th when DH Dalton deVries (Oakmont) singled to left with RF Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) on 2nd.  Head Coach Doug Jumelet was holding Gaskin at third but the Mustang LF bobbled the ball for an error which allowed Gaskin to score.  The Mustangs batted around in the 5th inning, scoring three times without getting a ball out of the infield.  Balmain hit the leadoff batter.  The next batter bunted right back to Balmain, who was slow in getting to the ball allowing the batter to beat the throw to first.  The next batter also bunted, this time down the third base line where Balmain fielded it, but did not make a throw, allowing everyone to be safe, loading the bases.  Balmain then walked the next batter, bringing in a run.  After going 2-0 on the following hitter, the Beavers brought in lefty Kyle Grant (Burbank) who struck out the batter on three pitches.  Grant however, did hit the next batter, bringing in another run.  The next batter then hit a pop up to 2nd for an infield fly rule out, but 2B Steve Mercado (Antleope) lost it in the sun and the ball fell allowing the runner on 3rd to score.

The Beavers threatened in the 8th after an Alex Gaskin triple with one out, but 1B Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) lined out to first and deVries struck out to end the inning.  The Beavers made it interesting in the 9th after James Boitano (Argonaut) was hit by a pitch for the second time on the day and third time in the series.  Sophomore Austin Call (Oakmont) then singled through the left side.  After pinch hitter Christian Savage (Cosumnes Oaks) flew out to center, sophomore 3B Colton Freeman hit a sharp grounder to third that was mishandled by the Delta 3B, however Boitano was thrown out at the plate on a close play.  SS Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) followed up with a triple down the left field line to score two, making the score 5-4.  After a Steve Mercado walk put the winning run on base, Alex Gaskin flew out to deep center to end the game.  The Beavers out-hit the Mustangs 7-3 on the day.

The Beavers move on to face Cosumnes River College next week, with the first game of the series being on Tuesday at Jerry Conway Field at CRC at 2:30 p.m.  


BEAVERS LOOK SLOPPY IN LOSS TO CRC

 March 25, 2015

American River College did just about everything wrong on Tuesday and paid for it by losing 10-4 to #4 Cosumnes River College at CRC.  Sophomore starter Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) lasted just 1+ inning, allowing 6 runs, 5 earned, and walked in two runs with the bases loaded in the 2nd inning.  Reliever Christian Savage (Cosumnes Oaks) came on in relief and was effective for 4 2/3 innings, but also walked in a run in the 2nd inning.  The Beavers defense was also sloppy, SS Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) made 2 errors, both on double play balls and LF Austin Call (Oakmont) dropped a line drive in the first inning that led to a run.  Baserunning was no different as the Beavers made several mistakes on the base path that led to easy outs for the Hawks.  Offensively, A.R.C. only struck out three times, but twice were with runners in scoring position and less than two outs, which cost the Beavers at least 2 runs. 

On the bright side, 1B Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) hit his first collegiate home run, a solo shot in the 4th inning that got the Beavers on the board.  He also hit a sac fly in the 5th inning to take over the team RBI from sophomore Jimmy Lunardelli ( Oakmont) who is out with a hand injury.  2B Steve Mercado (Antleope), C Bryan Babcock (Antelope) and RF Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) all added doubles on the day. 

The teams meet again on Thursday at Beaver Field for game 2 of the 3 game series at 2:30 p.m.  


BEAVERS COME UP JUST SHORT VERSUS DELTA, LOSE 5-4

March 21, 2015

Delta College may be undefeated and ranked #1 in Northern California, but the 18th ranked Beavers may have been the better team on the field on Saturday.  A.R.C.’s pitchers allowed just 3 hits, two of them bunts, and just 5 balls reached the outfield grass all day.  But mistakes plagued the team early on which led to three unearned runs.  Delta got on the board in the 2nd inning after a one out walk, Beavers starter Tommy Balmain (Oakmont) bobbled an easy comebacker for an error.  He then balked the runners to 2nd and 3rd.  The next batter then flew out to left which scored the runner from third easily, but A.R.C. LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) bobbled the ball getting it out of his glove allowing the runner on second to come around and score.  The Beavers got on the board in the 4th when DH Dalton deVries (Oakmont) singled to left with RF Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) on 2nd.  Head Coach Doug Jumelet was holding Gaskin at third but the Mustang LF bobbled the ball for an error which allowed Gaskin to score.  The Mustangs batted around in the 5th inning, scoring three times without getting a ball out of the infield.  Balmain hit the leadoff batter.  The next batter bunted right back to Balmain, who was slow in getting to the ball allowing the batter to beat the throw to first.  The next batter also bunted, this time down the third base line where Balmain fielded it, but did not make a throw, allowing everyone to be safe, loading the bases.  Balmain then walked the next batter, bringing in a run.  After going 2-0 on the following hitter, the Beavers brought in lefty Kyle Grant (Burbank) who struck out the batter on three pitches.  Grant however, did hit the next batter, bringing in another run.  The next batter then hit a pop up to 2nd for an infield fly rule out, but 2B Steve Mercado (Antleope) lost it in the sun and the ball fell allowing the runner on 3rd to score.

The Beavers threatened in the 8th after an Alex Gaskin triple with one out, but 1B Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) lined out to first and deVries struck out to end the inning.  The Beavers made it interesting in the 9th after James Boitano (Argonaut) was hit by a pitch for the second time on the day and third time in the series.  Sophomore Austin Call (Oakmont) then singled through the left side.  After pinch hitter Christian Savage (Cosumnes Oaks) flew out to center, sophomore 3B Colton Freeman hit a sharp grounder to third that was mishandled by the Delta 3B, however Boitano was thrown out at the plate on a close play.  SS Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) followed up with a triple down the left field line to score two, making the score 5-4.  After a Steve Mercado walk put the winning run on base, Alex Gaskin flew out to deep center to end the game.  The Beavers out-hit the Mustangs 7-3 on the day.

The Beavers move on to face Cosumnes River College next week, with the first game of the series being on Tuesday at Jerry Conway Field at CRC at 2:30 p.m.  


 

#1 DELTA PROVES IT AGAINST BEAVERS               

 March 19, 2015

Top ranked Delta College showed why they are 19-0 on the season as they downed American River College 10-1 in Stockton on Thursday.  Beavers starter Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) was roughed up for 8 hits in 2+ innings, as Delta jumped out to an 8-0 lead after 3 innings.  After Broadbent got through a clean first inning, the Mustangs first 5 hitters in the second inning all recorded base hits.  Delta ended up with 7 hits in the inning.  They added 3 more hits and a pair of runs in the 3rd inning.  The Beavers were finally able to get on the board in the 6th inning after C Bryan Babcock (Antelope) singled off the Delta starter Dean Kremer’s foot, then reached second when Kremer picked up the ball and threw errantly into the dugout.  After CF Brnadon Raposa (Woodcreek) was hit by a pitch, SS Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) flew out to right to advance the runners, then 2B Steve Mercado (Antelope) hit a sac fly to right which barely scored Babcock on a close play at the plate.  The two teams finish their series at Beaver Field on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.


 

BEAVERS CANT SLOW DOWN DELTA, FALL 8-5

 March 17, 2015

The American River College baseball team finally jumped into the Northern California rankings at #18 this week, but they couldn’t quite stop the #1 ranked Delta College Mustangs,a s they fell 8-5 at Beavers Field on Tuesday.  Delta scored first, with a single run in the 2nd inning off of Beavers ace Matt Gunter (Bella Vista).  The Beavers tied it in the 4th on an RBI double by 2B Steve Mercado (Antelope) which scored SS Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) from first.  It was Mercado’s first extra base hit of the season.  Delta scored twice in the 5th on a two out single.  The Beavers closed the gap to 3-2 in the bottom of the 5th on a sac fly by C Bryan Babcock (Antelope) who plated LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) who led off the inning with a double to center.  The score remained 3-2 until both starters came out in the 8th inning.  Delta scored 4 times in the 8th inning off of reliever Kyle Beardsley (Franklin) with two of the runs being unearned due to a botched rundown.  A.R.C. battled back for three runs in the bottom of the 8th, with two runs scoring on an Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) grounder that was thrown away by Delta’s shortstop.  Gaskin later scored on an RBI single by DH Dalton deVries (Oakmont) who had a pair of hits on the day.  That narrowed the score to 7-5, but Delta added a run in the 9th off of lefty reliever Kyle Grant (Burbank).  A.R.C. had a chance in the 9th after pinch hitter James Boitano (Argonaut) led off with a hit by pitch.  Freshman Mikey Ramirez (Del Campo) followed with a  pinch hit infield single, his first hit of the season.  CF Brandon Raposa then hit a sharp liner to short, and the Mustangs double Boitano off 2nd.  Cameron Bennett grounded out to end the game and comeback bid for the Beavers.  The two teams meet up again on Thursday in Stockton at 2:30 p.m.