BEAVERS BOAST TOUGHEST SCHEDULE IN THE STATE
Through the first half of the 2013 season American River College has the toughest schedule in the whole state of California, with 85 teams playing junior college baseball. The numbers are computed based on the opponents’ winning percentage portion of the RPI, which is used in ranking the overall strength of the teams. Currently the Beavers are ranked 22nd out of 45 teams in the North. The Beavers have played 14 of their 18 games against teams ranked in the top 13 of the RPI.
FORMER BEAVER ANDREW GRAHAM THROWS NO-HITTER!
Former American River College pitcher Andrew Graham (Ponderosa) threw the first no-hitter in Cal State Stanislaus history on Saturday, as the Warriors beat Cal St. Dominguez Hills 3-0 in the second game of a doubleheader. It was the first no-hitter in 48 years of CSU Stanislaus baseball. Ironically, the catcher in the game was Clint Brill, the brother of current Beaver catcher Wade Brill (Woodcreek). Graham joins a distinguished list of former Beavers who have thrown no-hitters after leaving ARC. Ryan Knippschild (Cordova) threw a no-hitter while pitching for the Kansas University Jayhawks. Manny Parra threw a perfect game for the AAA Nashville Sounds in the Pacific Coast League, only the third in the history of the league. Dallas Braden (Stagg) threw a much chronicled perfect game on Mother’s Day for the Oakland A’s in 2010, at the time the 19th in Major League history. And current ARC pitching coach Preston Vancil (West Campus) threw a no-hitter in his second professional start for the Florence Freedom in independent Frontier League of minor league baseball. “What a great game for Andrew to have, he always had good stuff and was really effective when he was on, and that is a special accomplishment not just for him but for all of his teammates to be a part of. I am really happy for Andrew”, says ARC head coach Doug Jumelet.
FORMER BEAVER EVERINGHAM NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Former American River College pitcher Max Everingham (Oak Ridge) was named the pitcher of the week by the “Called Third Strike” blog on Wednesday, February 13th. Max was a starter on the mound for the Beavers in 2012 and pitched in relief in 2010. “I am very happy for Max. I know that he really likes it out there and it is showing in his performance. He was very consistent for us last year and I am sure that he is ready to have a great year. We are all really proud of him," commented ARC head baseball coach Doug Jumelet. Click on the link below to read the full story.
BEAVERS START HOT, CAN'T FINISH OFF #1 SANTA ROSA
American River College chased top-ranked Santa Rosa Junior College’s starter Bryan Webster in the second inning as the Beavers jumped out to a 7-0 lead. Starting pitcher Jason Fletcher (Rosemont) doubled in Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) and second baseman Kelcey Wirick (Nevada Union) to put ARC up 2-0. The Beavers scored five times in the second, with RBI singles coming from left-fielder Josh Hilburn (Granite Bay), Bennett, Wirick, and Fletcher. Fletcher was also pitching well, shutting out the Bear Cubs through four innings and allowing just one hit. Santa Rosa tallied three runs on two hits in the fifth, but ARC got one back on a Matt Piombo (Bella Vista) sacrificial fly to keep the Beavers up 8-3.
The sixth inning took a turn for the worse however, as the first four batters reached versus Fletcher who was pulled in favor of right-handed pitcher Lucas David (Cordova). Santa Rosa got four straight hits off of David, then three batters reached off of right-handed pitcher Wes Vancil (Rosemont). After all was said and done, Santa Rosa scored ten times in the sixth inning to go up 13-8. The Bear Cubs added one in the seventh off of right-handed pitcher Sam Anderson (Woodcreek) and three more in the eighth to finish off the scoring.
BEAVERS FALL TO SIERRA AT HOME 3-1
In a game that had its share of heated moments, American River College fell 3-1 to Sierra College as the #2 ranked Wolverines evened the series at a game apiece. The Beavers got the lead early when leadoff hitter Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) got to second on a ball that Sierra right-fielder Chris Streeter lost in the sun and had bounce off of his glove. With two outs, Beaver right-fielder Andrew Lojewski (Woodland) hit a sharp ground ball to the right side that was knocked down by Sierra first baseman Jimmy Jack. His throw to the plate was wild and allowed Bennett to score. Sierra tied the game in the top of the second, and the game remained a 1-1 tie until the top of the eighth when Sierra second baseman Nick Blaser laced a double to left off of right-handed pitcher Nick Dermenjian (Bella Vista) who was in relief of left-handed pitcher Chase Hunt-Murray (Davis). The Beavers brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but could not score to tie it up.
BEAVERS TOPPLE SIERRA 9-4
American River College defeated #2 ranked Sierra College 9-4 in Rocklin on Tuesday, handing the Wolverines ace Andrew Cooper his first loss of the season to bring his record to 11-1. The Beavers jumped on him early with leadoff hitter Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) hitting an infield single, and stealing second on the very next pitch. With one out, third baseman Jason Fletcher (Rosemont) singled in Bennett to put ARC up 1-0. Fletcher later scored on a passed ball to put the Beavers up 2-0. Sierra answered right back with a run in the bottom of the first, but starter Thomas Peterson (De LaSalle) was in “bend but don’t break” mode for much of the game. After Sierra tied the score in the fourth, Jason Fletcher led off the top of the sixth with a solo home run to center, his second home run of the season.
ARC scored twice in the seventh off of Cooper, once thanks to a one-out double by Bennett to score a run, then a two-out single by Fletcher to score Bennett. Sierra scored an unearned run off of right-handed pitcher Nick Dermenjian (Bella Vista) in the eighth to close the gap to 5-3. The Beavers came right back in the ninth off of Sierra’s closer and state saves leader Kea Vierra to score four times and put the game out of reach. The big blow was an Andrew Lojewski (Woodland) bases-loaded double to drive in three.
Jason Fletcher was three of four with a home run and three RBIs on the day, while Andrew Lojewski also drove in three with a four for five day at the plate. Cameron Bennett added a pair of doubles in the fifteen hit attack, and designated hitter Cole Ebner (El Camino) added a career high three hits with a double.
BEAVERS BEAT DVC AT HOME 11-6
American River College used a nine-run fifth inning to defeat Diablo Valley College 11-6 at home on Saturday. The Beavers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the third when shortstop Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) bunted over left-fielder David Wieldraayer (Napa) who scored after two throwing errors. Bennett scored on a sacrificial fly by center-fielder Greg Harris (Advanced Paths). DVC scored twice in the fourth and the fifth off of starter Jason Fletcher (Rosemont) who ended up picking up the win. The Beavers scored nine times in the fifth off of four different Vikings pitchers, including three bases-loaded walks. The Beavers tallied five hits and six walks in the inning. Starting pitcher and designated hitter Jason Fletcher had three hits on the day and right-fielder Andrew Lojewski (Woodland) added to his team-leading RBI total with three on the day.
BEAVERS FALL 5-2 AT DVC
American River College wasted another good pitching performance by freshman left-handed pitcher Chase Hunt-Murray (Davis) who threw just fourteen balls through the first six innings. ARC scored first in the first inning after shortstop Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) led off with a single and advanced to second on a passed ball. After a Jon Vierra (Rio Linda) bunt, third baseman Jason Fletcher (Rosemont) hit his team-leading tenth double of the season to score Bennett. DVC scored three times in the seventh off of Hunt-Murray to take a 4-1 lead, but the Beavers closed the gap in the top of the eighth when right-fielder Andrew Lojewski (Woodland) drove in his team-leading twenty-fourth run of the season by reaching on an error to set up a first and third one-out situation for center-fielder Greg Harris (Advanced Paths). Harris struck out looking and Lojewski was thrown out at second to end the threat.
BEAVERS LOSE 3-2 TO DVC
Despite out-hitting the Diablo Valley College Vikings 8-3, the Beavers were only able to get across two runs. The first was a two-out single by center-fielder Greg Harris (Advanced Paths), and the second was a two-out single by designated hitter David Cooley (El Dorado). Starting pitcher Thomas Peterson (De La Salle) threw seven innings, allowing three hits and three unearned runs.
BEAVERS DROP SERIES TO PANTHERS
American River College starter Samuel Vergara (Roseville) had a no-hitter through four innings at Beaver Field on Saturday, but he walked seven and hit three in allowing three runs. The Beavers dropped the season series to rival Sacramento City College with a 7-1 loss. ARC had some chances early as they had the bases loaded with no outs in the second inning, but first baseman Dalton DeVries (Oakmont) struck out followed by a double play by freshman catcher Wade Brill (Woodcreek). The Beavers had runners on second and third with one out in the fourth. They got one run on a Jon Vierra (Rio Linda) ground out, but that was all the team was able to muster. ARC outhit the Panthers 7-6 on the day but grounded into four double plays.
BEAVERS BEAT RIVAL SAC CITY AT HOME 9-5
American River College got some timely hitting to beat crosstown rival Sacramento City College 9-5 at Beaver Field on Tuesday. The Beavers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third when center-fielder Greg Harris (Advanced Paths) doubled home first baseman Cody Lommori (Douglas, Carson City). Jason Fletcher (Rosemont), the starting pitcher and designated hitter for the game, singled home Harris who had advanced to third on a base hit bunt by shortstop Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda). The Beavers executed a double steal and the ball sailed into left field to score Bennett and send Fletcher to third. Right-fielder Andrew Lojewski (Woodland) added to his team and league-leading RBI total by scoring Fletcher on a sacrificial fly.
After the Panthers closed the gap to 4-2 in the fifth, the Beavers came right back and scored three times, one on a single to right field by freshman left-fielder Joe Williams (Jesuit) and one on a sacrificial fly by third baseman Jon Vierra (Rio Linda). Vierra capped off the Beavers scoring with a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh. Though the hitting was solid, the Beavers’ pitching struggled with control, allowing just six hits but walking eight and hitting six batters. Freshman Patrick Upchurch (Rancho Bernardo) earned his first collegiate victory, coming on in relief of Fletcher, who could not get out of the fifth. Upchurch threw three innings of relief, allowing just one run on one hit while striking out three.
BEAVERS LITERALLY DROP GAME TO COSUMNES RIVER
American River College blew an 8-6 lead in the eighth inning on Saturday and fell to #16 ranked Cosumnes River College 9-8 at Jerry Conway Field. The Beavers got on top right away as center-fielder Greg Harris (Advanced Paths) led off the game with a triple and scored on shortstop Cameron Bennett’s (Rio Linda) sacrificial fly. Cosumnes scored a run in the second inning off of sophomore right-handed pitcher Samuel Vergara (Roseville) who struggled with command during his brief start. He was not able to get out of the third inning as he allowed five straight hits to start the inning as the Hawks built a 6-1 lead.
The Beavers answered back with a pair of runs in the fifth to make the score 6-3, then struck for four runs in the sixth to take a 7-6 lead. The Beavers got solid scoreless relief pitching from Lucas David (Cordova) and Josh Johnson (Rio Linda), as the pair did not allow a hit over five innings of work. ARC added an insurance run in the eighth on a double by left-fielder Joe Williams (Jesuit), who was two of two with a pair of RBIs on the day.
The bottom of the eighth is where the wheels fell off for the Beavers. Sophomore right-handed pitcher and closer Nick Dermenjian (Bella Vista) walked the leadoff batter, then allowed an infield single which advanced the runners to second and third after third baseman David Cooley (El Dorado) threw the ball into the first base dugout. Sophomore first baseman Cody Lommori (Douglas, Carson City) missed a pop-up in foul territory by the CRC cleanup hitter Bryan Case. Case hit a pop-up right behind second base, but Bennett and second baseman Jon Vierra (Rio Linda) collided, allowing the ball to drop and load the bases. Dermenjian walked the next batter, and then gave up a two-run single to CRC right-fielder Cody Wilmer to give the Hawks the lead. After a strikeout, ARC catcher Wade Brill (Woodcreek) appeared to throw out a runner stealing at third, but Cooley dropped the throw for the third error of the inning.
Greg Harris was three of five with a double, triple, and three RBIs on the day. Right-fielder Andrew Lojewski (Woodland) was two of four with a double.
BEAVERS WIN SECOND IN A ROW OVER CRC, HUNT-MURRAY THROWS SHUTOUT
American River College won its second consecutive Big 8 Conference game on Thursday as freshman left-handed pitcher Chase Hunt-Murray (Davis) threw a two-hit shutout as the Beavers defeated the defending state champs 2-0 at Beaver Field. ARC scored both of its runs in the second inning after a leadoff single by right-fielder Andrew Lojewski (Woodland). First baseman Cody Lommori (Douglas, Carson City) bunted, but CRC pitcher Zach Stillwell misplayed it allowing Lommori to reach first safely. Sophomore second baseman Jon Vierra (Rio Linda) laid down another bunt and beat it out to load the bases. Lojewski scored on a wild pitch, followed by an RBI groundout by freshman catcher Wade Brill (Woodcreek). The Beavers had a couple of other opportunities to score but could not cash them in. Lojewski was three of four on the day with a double.
Hunt-Murray was the star of the day, striking out five and walking just one, the leadoff batter in the ninth inning. The Beaver defense was solid all day until the ninth when they had a chance to turn a double play with no out, but the throw to first was wide. With two outs, a ground ball to third baseman David Cooley (El Dorado) was muffed giving the Hawks their first runner on third base all day. After a stolen base, Hunt-Murray struck out the final batter of the game to notch his second win of the season.
BEAVERS DEFEAT COSUMNES RIVER ON THE ROAD
American River College defeated defending State Champion Cosumnes River College at Jerry Conway Field 14-9 in ten innings on Tuesday. The Beavers set a couple of season highs over the course of the four hour affair. Fourteen runs were a season high, as well as the six runs that were scored in the fifth inning alone. There were several offensive heroes on the day. Leadoff hitter Greg Harris (Advanced Paths) had a pair of doubles, as did shortstop Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) who was three of six with two RBIs, including the go ahead run in the top of the tenth. Left-fielder Josh Hilburn (Granite Bay) also had a pair of RBIs on two hits. Nick Dermenjian (Bella Vista) threw three shutout innings to pick up his fourth win of the season, the most for a Beaver pitcher since Luke Vaughn (Del Oro) in 2008.
BEAVERS DROP ANOTHER CLOSE ONE 2-1
The American River College baseball bats have once again gone quiet as the Beavers lost 2-1 to Modesto Junior College at Beaver Field on Tuesday. ARC got stellar pitching from Thomas Peterson (De La Salle) who was taken out after the third inning when he was hit in the head with a line drive. Right-handed pitcher Lucas David (Cordova) threw four innings of quality relief, allowing just one earned run, and sophomore Nick Dermenjian (Bella Vista) struck out four in two innings of work. Offensively, the Beavers struck out eleven times, including once with the bases loaded and one out in the second inning. Shortstop Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) had three hits and designated hitter Spencer Shank (Casa Roble) doubled in the third inning and scored the Beavers’ only run of the game.
BEAVERS LOSE TO SANTA ROSA
American River College lost their third straight game to top-ranked Santa Rosa Junior College 3-0 on Saturday, the first time the Beavers have been shut out all year. Three Bear Cub pitchers limited the Beavers to six hits. Three of those were infield hits, and two ARC rallies were stopped short. In the third inning, left-fielder David Wieldraayer (Napa) was thrown out at the plate with two outs on an infield single by center fielder Greg Harris (Advanced Paths). Wieldraayer was on second when Harris hit a sharp grounder up the middle. Santa Rosa’s shortstop Brent Gillespie dove for the ball and popped up immediately to throw to third as Wieldraayer was rounding the bag. Wieldraayer was already on his way home however, and third baseman Nico Felice threw home just in time to get Wieldraayer on a controversial call at the plate. In the sixth inning the Beavers got the first two runners on base, but second baseman Matt Young’s (Casa Roble) sacrificial bunt attempt was more of a line drive to the pitcher who turned and fired a strike to second base to get ARC shortstop Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) too far off for a double play. Third baseman Jason Fletcher (Rosemont) singled right afterward, but the Beavers could not get any closer. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Samuel Vergara (Roseville) threw a complete game in the loss, striking out six and allowing just four hits, but the two runs the Bear Cubs scored in the first were more than enough.
BEAVERS OFFENSE SHUT DOWN AT SANTA ROSA
The American River College offense was held in check Tuesday at #1 ranked Santa Rosa Junior College. The Bear Cubs’ starting pitcher Bryan Webster threw a complete game two-hitter in defeating the Beavers 3-1. Freshman second baseman Matt Young (Casa Roble) singled in the Beavers’ only run of the game in the sixth inning. It was ARC’s first hit of the game, which came after third baseman David Cooley (El Dorado) was hit by a pitch and sacrificed to second. Right-handed pitcher Jason Fletcher (Rosemont) was pressed into starting duty on the mound and went three innings, allowing one run in just his second outing of the season. Six Beaver pitchers threw in the game in which ARC only had four three-ball counts and did not walk a batter.
BEAVERS WIN SERIES FINALE 4-3
American River College defeated #2 ranked Delta College 4-3 at Beaver Field on Saturday. Delta got on the board first with a run-scoring triple off of starter Sam Vergara (Roseville) in the second inning. Delta added to it with a pair of runs in the third. Vergara struggled with command issues all game, striking out four batters in five innings, but also walking five.
The Beavers got all of their runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. With no outs, a pair of walks to left fielder Joe Williams (Jesuit) and designated hitter Josh Hilburn (Granite Bay) chased Delta starter Eric Sandness. Right-handed pitcher Cody Lane came in for the Mustangs and walked catcher Matt Piombo (Bella Vista) that was followed by an infield single by shortstop Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda). Center fielder Greg Harris (Advanced Paths) added an infield single to get the Beavers within one with still nobody out. Lane hit ARC second baseman Matt Young (Casa Roble) to tie the game. Third baseman Jason Fletcher singled on the first pitch he saw from reliever Sean Bennett to put the Beavers up by one. ARC could not score again, but right-handed pitchers Lucas David (Cordova) and Nick Dermenjian (Bella Vista) shut the door, allowing just one base runner (who was later picked off) in the final four innings.
MUSTANGS CLINCH SERIES OVER BEAVERS
American River College fell to #2 ranked Delta College 10-3 at Nick Cechetti Field in Stockton on Thursday. The game was much closer than the score indicated, but it all hinged on a couple of big plays in Delta’s six-run fifth inning. With one out and runners on second and third, Delta’s first baseman Kelvin McMiller hit a one hopper to third baseman Jon Vierra (Rio Linda) who misplayed it allowing a run to score. After a pair of singles loaded the bases with two outs, Mustang center fielder Tyler Stieb hit a bases clearing triple to the gap in left center to put Delta up 7-2. Stieb scored on a two out single by the next batter. Delta scored six runs with two outs on the day.
At the plate the Beavers walked nine times, a season high, but managed only four hits. A solo home run by sophomore second baseman Jason Fletcher (Rosemont) was the first of the year for the Beavers and the second of Fletcher’s career.
BEAVERS RANKED IN STATE AS BIG 8 PLAY BEGINS
American River College is ranked 14th in the state in team batting average at .288 and is ranked 18th in hit by pitches with 23. The team rankings are out of 85 teams playing in California. Sophomores Jason Fletcher (Rosemont) and Andrew Lojewski (Woodland) are ranked highly in several individual categories as the Beavers begin BIG 8 Conference play against #2 ranked Delta College from Stockton. Lojewski, the Beavers’ right fielder, ranks 5th in the state with a .469 batting average through twelve games. He is tied for 16th in hits with 23, and tied for 20th in the state in runs batted in (RBI) with fourteen. Pre-season All-American Jason Fletcher, who was a unanimous 1st-team All-BIG 8 Conference selection last year, is tied for 6th in the state in doubles with seven, tied for 46th in the state in hits with 20, and is 48th in the state in batting average at .385.
BEAVERS COMEBACK FALLS SHORT
American River College was able to erase a 6-0 deficit and tie the game 6-6 in the seventh inning at Beaver Field on Tuesday, but gave up the game winning run in the eighth on a wild pitch to fall 7-6 to the #2 ranked Delta College Mustangs. Delta scored six times in the second inning on just two balls that left the infield. The inning included four successful bunts by the Mustangs, two infield singles, and two hits to the outfield, one of which was a leadoff single. Starting pitcher Thomas Peterson (De La Salle) also walked a batter with the bases loaded. Two of Delta’s bunts resulted in errors, so only two of the runs were earned. The Beavers scored in the third after a leadoff double by catcher Matt Piombo (Bella Vista). Sophomore right fielder Andrew Lojewski (Woodland) entered the day fifth in the state in hitting, and he drove in a career high five runs against Delta. He hit a single in the fifth inning, then had a one-out bases loaded, game-tying triple in the bottom of the seventh. ARC could not score him from third base however, and Delta scored in the eighth for the win.
BEAVERS DOUBLED UP AT SOLANO
American River College lost their final tune-up before Big 8 Conference play begins next Tuesday, falling 10-5 at #15 Solano College. The Beavers took an early 3-0 lead, scoring twice in the first inning and once in the second, but Solano rallied with a four run third to take the lead and they never looked back. The Beavers did outhit the Falcons 9-8, but the Beavers also issued four walks, hit four batters and made five errors to help the Falcons to the non-conference victory. ARC tallied three triples on the day, one each by catcher Matt Piombo (Bella Vista), left fielder Joe Williams (Jesuit) and designated hitter Jason Fletcher (Rosemont), who also hit a double and an RBI.
BEAVERS GIVE IT UP, THEN GET IT BACK TO BEAT SAINTS IN NINTH
American River College blew a five-run lead in the eighth inning Saturday against Mission College from Santa Clara, and then scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to win 9-8. David Cooley (El Dorado) was the ninth inning hero, hitting a walk-off, bases loaded single to give the Beavers the win. Freshman Matt Young (Casa Roble) tied the game with a pinch hit single just before Cooley’s game winner. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Nick Dermenjian (Bella Vista) picked up his third win of the season, which is one more win than any pitcher on the staff from last season. The Beavers had a fairly comfortable 7-2 lead in the top of the eighth when Mission scored six times on four singles, two errors and a bases loaded walk and hit batter. The Beavers took the lead earlier with a four run sixth inning thanks to a two out triple by third baseman Jon Vierra (Rio Linda) and back-to-back doubles by second baseman Jason Fletcher (Rosemont) and right-fielder Andrew Lojewski (Woodland). Lojewski was three for four on the day, including a leadoff infield single in the bottom of the ninth.
BEAVERS FALL ON THE ROAD AT MISSION
American River College dropped a close game by the score of 9-6 at Mission College on Thursday. The loss clinches the season series for Mission, which defeated the Beavers 2-1 on February 5th. On Thursday Mission jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first thanks to a three-run homerun by Joe Davis off of starter Chase Hunt-Murray (Davis). The Beavers fought back and trailed 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh after a bases loaded infield single by freshman catcher Wade Brill (Woodcreek). The Saints added a pair of runs in the seventh and one in the eighth to widen the gap and put the Beavers away. Sophomore first baseman Cody Lommori (Douglas, Carson City) led the Beavers with three hits, including a double, while center fielder Greg Harris (Advanced Paths) and second baseman Jason Fletcher (Rosemont) each had a pair of hits, a double and two RBIs on the day.
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BEAVERS SPLIT WITH HARTNELL ON THE WEEKEND
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American River College salvaged a split with Hartnell College in Salinas by winning the Saturday game 9-8 in ten innings. It was the Beavers’ second extra-inning win of the week, as they defeated Yuba College 7-6 in ten innings on Tuesday. The Beavers lost 7-3 on Friday in a game that saw Hartnell collect a season high seventeen hits, thirteen off starter Chase Hunt-Murray (Davis) who did not allow a walk. On Saturday the Beavers turned the tables, picking up sixteen hits, including three each from third baseman Jon Vierra (Rio Linda) and right-fielder Andrew Lojewski (Woodland). Lojewski had a pair of RBIs to bring his team and league-leading total to eleven. Vierra also scored his team-leading tenth run of the season in the tenth inning to give the Beavers the win on a two-out single by left-fielder Joe Williams (Jesuit). ARC tied the game in the ninth on a single by catcher Wade Brill (Woodcreek), his second hit of the game. Sophomore Nick Dermenjian (Bella Vista) picked up his second win of the season, working a scoreless eighth, ninth, and tenth innings.
BEAVERS WIN IN TENTH
In what the coaches from both teams would call a “weird game”, American River College prevailed with a 7-6 win in ten innings at Appeal-Democrat Park in Marysville against the Yuba College 49ers. Yuba entered the game as the only undefeated team in Northern California at 3-0, and for a while it looked like they might continue their win streak. The 49ers scored five runs in the fourth off of starter Thomas Peterson (De La Salle), but only two were earned. ARC responded with four runs in the top of the seventh to take a 6-5 lead, thanks in part to a bases loaded walk by designated hitter Dalton deVries (Oakmont) and a bases loaded hit by pitch by freshman catcher Matt Piombo. Yuba tied the game in the bottom of the ninth after loading the bases with nobody out. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Nick Dermenjian (Bella Vista) came in and struck out the first batter he faced, then got a fly out which scored the tying run on a controversial tag up play at third base. Another strikeout ended the threat in the ninth. The Beavers scored in the tenth on a heads up base running play when pinch runner David Cooley (El Dorado) went from first to third on a bunt by shortstop Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda). Cooley scored on a sacrifice fly by center fielder Greg Harris (Advanced Paths) that ended with Cooley crashing into the catcher and knocking the ball loose at the plate. Dermenjian closed the door in the bottom of the tenth to earn his first win of the season.
BEAVERS END TOUGH WEEK WITH LOSS TO SHASTA
American River College finished a winless week on Saturday with an 8-6 loss at Shasta College in Redding. The Beavers defense allowed several unearned runs and a ninth inning rally was cut short by a great play to end the game for the Knights. Offensively the Beavers tallied fourteen hits but stranded eleven runners. Trailing 8-4 entering the ninth, the Beavers got lead off singles from third baseman Jon Vierra (Rio Linda) and second baseman Jason Fletcher (Rosemont), followed by a base clearing double by right-fielder Andrew Lojewski (Woodland). Left-fielder Matt Young (Casa Roble) reached on an error by the shortstop to put runners at the corners. A strikeout by designated hitter Cole Ebner (El Camino) and a pop up to center by center fielder Greg Harris (Advanced Paths) was followed by a well hit ground ball in the hole between third and short by the catcher Matt Piombo (Bella Vista). Shasta’s third baseman E.J. Stanton made a great diving play to keep the ball in the infield and was able to get up and throw out Piombo to end the game.
BEAVERS CAN’T CLOSE, LOSE TO SHASTA
American River College had difficulties scoring when they needed to for the second game in a row, and had trouble closing out innings on the mound as they fell to the Shasta College Knights 10-4 on Thursday. Two times ARC had runners at second and third with no outs and had opportunities with one out, but came away with just one run from all of that, a check swing ground out by sophomore first baseman Cody Lommori (Douglas, Carson City). Sophomore right-fielder Andrew Lojewski (Woodland) led the way offensively with three hits including a double and an RBI. The Beavers pitching staff entered the game with a 1.34 ERA, which was good for eighth in the state, but they had trouble putting away the Knights. Shasta scored nine of their ten runs after there were two outs and nobody on base. Freshman starter Sam Anderson (Woodcreek) made his first collegiate start and was solid through three and two thirds innings. With two outs in the fourth however, he allowed a two-strike hit to Shasta catcher Austin Coleman that was followed by a walk and a bunt single to load the bases with two outs. Anderson hit the next batter and walked the batter after that before giving way to freshman right-handed pitcher Robert Mashburn (Christian Brothers). Mashburn gave up a two-run single to give the Knights a 5-3 lead. The game was 5-4 in the top of the eighth. Freshman right-handed pitcher Lucas David had breezed through the fifth, sixth and seventh, allowing just two hits. With two outs and nobody on in the eighth David allowed back-to-back singles, then was relieved by freshman right-handed pitcher Patrick Upchurch (Rancho Bernardo). Upchurch struggled though, hitting the first batter he faced to load the bases, then allowed two singles and a double to plate five runs for the Knights and put the game out of reach.
BEAVERS DROP CLOSE ONE IN NINTH AT MISSION
American River College lost their first road game of the season, a 2-1 thriller at Mission College in Santa Clara. Freshman Thomas Peterson (De La Salle) threw a gem in his first collegiate start. Peterson threw seven and a third innings with only three hits allowed and an unearned run, but the Beavers’ bats just could not come through in the clutch. In the first inning, leadoff hitter Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) was on third with one out but could not score after two straight strikeouts. In the seventh, ARC had runners on second and third with no outs after scoring the tying run on a Matt Young (Casa Roble) pinch hit bunt that was thrown away by Mission College. The Beavers could not score however, and the game was still tied going into the bottom of the ninth. Mission led off with a double off of sophomore reliever Nick Dermenjian (Bella Vista). After Dermenjian balked the runner to third, the Saints got to celebrate on a walk off single to end the game.
BEAVERS SWEEP SEASON OPENING DOUBLEHEADER
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American River College swept a pair of games from visiting Lassen College on Saturday, winning the first game 7-1, then holding on to win the nightcap 6-4. In game one the Beavers were up 4-1 going into the bottom of the eighth before scoring three times to put the game away. Freshman Chase Hunt-Murray (Davis) picked up his first collegiate win, going seven innings, and allowing just one unearned run on five hits. Sophomore Nick Dermenjian (Bella Vista) picked up his first save of the year by finishing the eighth and ninth. Freshman left-fielder Joe Williams (Jesuit) was three for four with a double, while sophomore second baseman Kelcey Wirick (Nevada Union) had a pair of hits and two RBIs. Sophomore center fielder Greg Harris was three for four with a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning. In the second game the Beavers once again took a 4-1 lead going into the seventh, but four different pitchers combined to walk four batters and give the Cougars a run. The Beavers then scored two runs on a Jason Fletcher (Rosemont) double to give the Beavers a 6-2 lead. Lassen scored two unearned runs in the ninth off freshman Patrick Upchurch (Rancho Bernardo) to bring the game to 6-4. Upchurch struck out the final batter with the bases loaded and a full count to pick up his first collegiate save. Sophomore Jason Fletcher finished game two with three RBIs. Freshman Josh Hilburn (Granite Bay) had a pair of hits, a stolen base and scored two runs.