ANDREW LOJEWSKI NAMED ALL-AMERICAN
Andrew Lojewski (Woodland) was named All-American on Friday, May 15th. He is the first American River College baseball player to be named such since 1985, announced Head Coach Doug Jumelet. Andrew is the first Beaver All-American since Steve Rinaudo (Casa Roble) and RJ Gundolff (Oak Ridge) were both named in 2007. Andrew hit .363 on the season with eight doubles, two triples and 33 RBI in 36 games while playing a solid right field defensively. “I am very proud to say Andrew is an All-American for us. He had a stellar season and is worthy of that honor as a player and as a teammate. He handled a lot of tough situations for us this year, especially after coming off of an injury from last season which really limited his experience coming into the 2013 season. I am very happy that he was rewarded with this honor for all of the hard work that he has put in the past couple of years,” said Coach Jumelet.
BEAVERS LAND FOUR ON ALL-BIG 8 CONFERENCE TEAM
American River College had three players earn First Team All-Big 8 Conference honors, and one land a spot on the second team. Freshman shortstop Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) was named to the First Team infield squad. Sophomore right-fielder Andrew Lojewski (Woodland) was the top vote getter among the outfielders for the First Team, and sophomore utility player Jason Fletcher (Rosemont) was named the Utility Player of the Year for the second season in a row. Fletcher is the Beavers’ first repeat First Team All-Conference player since Steve Rinaudo (Casa Roble) accomplished the feat in 2006 and 2007.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Nick Dermenjian (Bella Vista) was named a Second Team All-Big 8 Conference pitcher in a conference that was loaded with quality relief pitchers. Dermenjian also set the school record for appearances in a career with 42. Freshman left-handed pitcher Chase Hunt-Murray (Davis), right-handed pitcher Thomas Peterson (De LaSalle), and sophomore outfielder Greg Harris (Advanced Paths) were honorable mention All-Big 8 Conference players.
BEAVERS END SEASON WITH A LOSS
American River College ended the season in much the same way that it played all season, by making mistakes that cost the game. The Beavers had already clinched seventh place, but lost three out of four to last place Diablo Valley College by dropping the final game 8-3 at Beaver Field. Coach Jumelet started sophomores at every position except behind the plate for the final home game. The mistakes stared early as the Beavers made two errors in the top of the second to allow DVC to get on top 1-0. They got the run back in the second on a double steal of second base and home in which left-fielder David Wieldraayer (Napa) was safe at the plate. The Vikings returned the favor by scoring in the top of the fourth on a double steal as well. The Beavers answered right back as right-fielder Andrew Lojewski (Woodland) tripled to lead off the inning and was knocked in by Wieldraayer. The Vikings got three unearned runs in the sixth after two more errors and a pair of walks from right-handed pitcher Wes Vancil (Rosemont). DVC scored three more in the eighth off of freshman Sam Anderson (Woodcreek) who also walked two in the inning. ARC got one in the ninth and had a rally going with the bases loaded and one out when first baseman Shane Rae (Casa Roble) took too big of a turn at third and was back-picked to end the game.
The coaching staff would like to thank all of the program’s supporters and looks forward to the 2014 season.