BEAVERS WIN CLOSE ONE AT MODESTO
March 3, 2015
The American River College baseball team used pitching and defense to win for a change on Tuesday, defeating the Modesto J.C. Pirates 2-1 in Modesto for the Beavers 5th straight win on the road. It was destined to be a pitching duel between a pair of sophomore lefties, Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) for the Beavers and Eddie Machado for Modesto who entered the game with a 0.68 ERA. The Beavers got on the board first, after a leadoff walk by freshman 1B Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont). He advanced to second on a wild pitch then scored on a two out double to right by sophomore 3B Colton Freeman (El Camino) The Beavers added a run in the 6th when they loaded the bases with no outs, but were only able to manage a one out sac fly by sophomore LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) who scored Steve Mercado (Antelope) who had reached on an error. Gunter threw 8 scoreless innings, allowing just 3 hits and striking out a season low three batters. Freshman RHP Christian Savage (Cosumnes Oaks) came on in relief in the 9th and picked up his second save, in somewhat dramatic fashion. With two outs and a runner at second, Thomas Reeder, the Modesto right fielder laced a ball to left-center to score the runner. When Reeder tried to take an extra base and get to second, centerfielder Brandon Raposa (Woodcreek) threw him out on a close play to end the game.
The Beavers improve to 7-6 on the year and return home to face cross-town rival Cosumnes River College at Beaver Field at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday.
DEVRIES NAMED NORCAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
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.
BEAVERS RETURN HOME NOT SO WELCOME
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.
BEAVERS HANG ON FOR 4TH WIN IN A ROW
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.