BEAVERS WASHED OUT THIS WEEKEND
February 7, 2014
All three games this weekend have been called off due to the storm coming in. The Beavers will make up their game with Feather River this Tuesday, the 11th at 2:00 p.m. at A.R.C.
Saturday’s game at Shasta College in Redding will be made up on Tuesday the 18th in Redding at 2:00 p.m.
Thursday’s game which was rained out does not have a make-up date announced yet.
BEAVERS DROP HEART-BREAKER AT MISSION
February 4, 2014
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American River College was 5 outs away from their first win of the season on Tuesday but ended up on the losing end of a well played 4-3 game. The Beavers took a 3-1 lead into the 8th inning when reliever Sam Anderson (Woodcreek) walked the leadoff hitter, then gave a single to put the tying run on base. C Wade Brill (Woodcreek) pounced on a bunt to get the lead out at third base to keep runners at first and second. After another walk the Beavers brought in lefty Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) who had been solid in his first two outings. This time however his second pitch was lined off of the left field fence to clear the bases. A.R.C. was unable to score in the 9th. DH Joe Williams (Jesuit) led the way offensively with a pair of hits and two RBI. 3B Austin Call (Oakmont) got the Beavers first extra base hit of the season when he lined a pitch down the left field to drive in a run in the 5th inning to give the Beavers a lead.
The Beavers return to action on Thursday to face Shasta College at 2:00 p.m.
BEAVERS DROP SERIES TO WEST VALLEY
February 1, 2014
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American River College made some adjustments and played better on Saturday but lost to #20 West Valley College 3-1 on Saturday in Saratoga. The Beavers out-hit the Vikings 8-7 but still could manage just one run. Freshman RHP Jake Campbell (Rio Linda) overcame a couple of little bouts of wildness to keep the offensively minded Vikings off of the scoreboard for the most part. West Valley got a run in the first after a leadoff single. That was followed by a stolen base, a sacrifice bunt and a groundout to score the run. The Beavers had a great chance to score in the first inning for the second straight game but once again failed to do so. CF AJ Phillips (Visions) singled to lead off the game and was followed by a single to center by LF Tyler Smith (Del Campo). 3B Austin Call (Oakmont) grounded out to move the runners up but 1B Cole Ebner (El Camino) could not drive the run in, as he hit a chopper to third and Phillips was gunned down at the plate.
West Valley scored in the third to go up 2-0 but Campbell would keep them there until the 7th. The Beavers plated their first run of the season in the 5th inning after C Wade Brill (Woodcreek) led off by reaching on an error by the third baseman. RF Brandon Raposa (Woodcreek) then bunted for a single. SS Mike Hatfield (Del Campo) moved both runners up 90 feet with a sacrifice bunt. AJ Phillips then singled to drive in the first run of the 2014 season. Tyler Smith then lined out to short and Phillips was doubled off. The Vikings added an insurance run in the bottom of the 7th. The Beavers threatened in the 9th when DH Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) flew out to the fence in centerfield to lead off the inning. Pinch hitter Colton Freeman (El Camino) then lined a single to left to bring the tying run to the plate. Brandon Raposa then flew out deep to right and pinch hitter Jon Kendall (Liberty Ranch) hit a sharp liner to the right side but right at the second baseman to end the game.
The Beavers go back to the Bay Area on Tuesday as the visit Mission College in Santa Clara at 2:00 p.m.
BEAVERS 2014 OPENER DOESN’T GO SO WELL
January 30, 2014
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The 2014 baseball season for American River College finally got here but the Beavers bats were cooled off by the recent rain as West Valley College defeated A.R.C. 8-0 at Beaver Field on Thursday. It was the first time the Beavers had been shut out in a season opener since records are available, which is 1985. RHP Thomas Peterson (DeLaSalle) pitched well, limiting the Vikings to 2 runs through 5 innings, striking out a career high 7 batters. West Valley scored 4 runs in the 6th inning, including a 2 run double off of reliever Mike Marlar (Casa Roble).
The Beavers threatened in the first with a one out single by freshman 2B Steve Mercado. Freshman 3B Austin Call (Oakmont) followed that with his first collegiate hit. With two outs sophomore DH Joe Williams (Jesuit) drew a walk to load the bases but sophomore C Wade Brill (Woodcreek) popped up to short to end the threat.
Sophomore CF AJ Phillips (Visions) had two hits and a stolen base on the day for the Beavers.
The two teams meet again in Saratoga on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
GREAT WEATHER, GREAT FOOD FOR ALUMNI BP
January 25, 2014
It looked like a mid-April day at Beaver Field on Saturday as the American River College baseball team held their 11th annual Alumni batting practice and Blue vs. White Intrasquad game which was followed by a BBQ catered by O’Connor’s Santa Maria BBQ. It was also the 11th time that O’Connor’s has catered the event. While the weather was great the alumni failed to hit a home run out of Beaver Field for the first time ever. Andy Dahl (04) actually had a would-be home run robbed by current Beaver pitcher Thomas Peterson (DeLaSalle) in left-center field. Several balls bounced over or hit off the fence during the BP session. The Blue vs. White game was a 6 inning intrasquad game in which all of the pitchers threw one inning and all of the players and coaches were in uniform for the first time in 2014. There wasn’t much offense as the pitching dominated the scrimmage with the final score being 4-2 and only 6 hits being recorded on the day.
Alumni that were in attendance were:
Doug Jumelet (93)- UC Riverside
Andy Dahl (03)- Purdue
Quinn Monsma (03)- Oklahoma St.
Jimmy Crider (04)- Hawaii Hilo
Steve Erkel (05)- UCLA
George Ban (08)- Missouri Valley
Tim Fitzgerald (08)- UC Riverside
Ian Gray (08)- Missouri Valley
Mark Leacox (08)- Missouri Valley
Greg Meyer (10)- Sacramento St.
The 2014 American River College Beavers open up the season at home on Thursday January 30th at 2:00 p.m. against West Valley College.
2014 IRONMAN CHAMPIONSHIP DECIDED BY TIE-BREAKER!!
January 20, 2014
The 2014 American River College baseball team held their annual Ironman Challenge after practice on Monday January 20th where the position players were broken into 4 teams of 4 players each. Team 1, which ended up being the champions was freshmen Austin Call, Jimmy Lunardelli, Zach Padilla, and sophomore AJ Phillips. Team 2 which tied for first but lost by about a tenth of a second in a tie-breaking race consisted of sophomores Wade Brill, Cole Ebner, Josh Hilburn, and freshman Brandon Raposa. Team 3 came in third place just one point behind teams 1 and 2 was an all freshman squad consisting of James Boitano, Alex Gaskin, Michael Hatfield, and Jon Kendall. Team 4 took last place and consisted of freshmen Colton Freeman and Steve Mercado as well as sophomores Tyler Smith and Joe Williams.
The bench press competition was won by Team 1 who did a total of 49 reps at 185 pounds. Freshman Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) pumped out a team high 23 reps at 185 pounds.
The tire pull up the stadium hill was also won by Team 1 but freshman Brandon Raposa (Woodcreek)of Team 2 had the fastest individual time at 5.18 seconds.
The medicine ball toss was won by Team 3 with a grand total of over 154 feet combined tossing the 10 pound ball. Austin Call (Oakmont) of Team 1 led all throwers with a toss of 46’5”.
Team 2 was victorious in the relay race which was a 100 foot down and back relay with each member carrying a 50 pound bag of clay.
Team 2 was also victorious in the obstacle course, which included running between flags, clearing hurdles, stepping through tires and diving under an obstacle. AJ Phillips (Visions) was the individual champion of the obstacle course by a narrow margin over Brandon Raposa.
Teams were awarded one point for a win, 2 points for 2nd place, 3 for third, and 4 for last place. Teams 1 and 2 tied for first with 10 points, Team 3 came in third with 11 points while Team 4 came in last with 19 points. Teams 1 and 2 ran a relay race around the field as the tie-breaker in which AJ Phillips and Brandon Raposa came in at a photo finish in the anchor leg with Phillips winning by less than a step.
The Beavers open play next Thursday the 30th at home against West Valley College at 2:00 p.m.
Former Beaver Dallas Braden Announces His Retirement
CBS Sports announced on Tuesday that former American River College star pitcher Dallas Braden will retire from baseball after sitting out the 2012-13 seasons with arm problems. Braden pitched for the Beavers in 2002 and 2003 before transferring to Texas Tech. He signed with the A’s after being a 24th round pick in 2004 out of Texas Tech. While at A.R.C. Braden helped lead the Beavers to the 3rd best ERA in the state in 2002, 2.33 which is also a school record.
Braden is best known for having thrown a perfect game, the 19th in school history on Mother’s Day in 2010. He read the Top 10 List on Late Night With David Letterman shortly afterward.
He was inducted into the Stockton Sports Hall of Fame in 2011
Alumni BP / Blue vs White game set for January 25th
The 11th annual American River College Baseball Alumni batting practice and Blue vs. White intrasquad game will be held at Beaver Field on Saturday, January 25th. Alumni will hit from 10-11 a.m., followed by a 7 inning intrasquad game featuring the 2014 Beaver Baseball team in uniform for the first time. There will be a BBQ lunch afterward catered by O’Connors Catering of Orangevale. In the event of rain a decision will be made and posted on this website on Friday the 24th and the BBQ will be held at noon in the entrance to Hutchinson Gym on campus.
The oak tree is gone
December 31, 2013
The most identifying feature of the American River College baseball field, Beaver Field, is gone. On December 31st the giant blue oak tree behind the center field fence was removed due to the tree being in failing health and creating a hazard from falling limbs. Over the years many tales, true and exaggerated have been told of mammoth home runs being hit “half-way up the oak tree”. It is unknown the exact age of the tree but it is thought to have been well over a hundred years old. Beaver Field is slightly over 55 years old.
It is not known at this time what type of landscaping will take its place.