BEAVERS SWEEP THE WEEK ON THE ROAD!!!
February 21, 2015
The American River College baseball team bounced back from a tough President’s Day Weekend last week where they dropped a pair of games at Hartnell College in Salinas to take three games on the road, all at least two hours away, and scoring double digits in all three games. They finished the week by defeating Laney College 10-4 in Oakland on Saturday. The Beavers jumped on the Eagles starter by scoring three runs in the first inning, all with two out. With runners on first and third, DH Dalton deVries (Oakmont) sent a line drive into center field to score SS Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda). LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) then drilled a double to right to score DH Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) and deVries. Laney answered back though, scoring a pair of runs in the first off of starter Tommy Balmain (Oakmont) on bases loaded walks. Balmain settled down to allow three runs in 5+ innings on 4 hits to pick up his second win of the season.
A.R.C. added a run in the 5th on a Colton Freeman (El Camino) single. Two more runs came in in the 6th inning, the first on a double to right by Cameron Bennett to score Brandon Raposa (Woodcreek) who scored from first as he was running on the pitch. Bennett later scored on a Kirby Broadbent sac fly. With the score 6-4 in the 8th inning the Beavers relentless offense put the game away with 4 runs, the big blow being a two run single by C Bryan Babcock (Antelope).
Freshman Christian Savage (Cosumnes Oaks) threw four scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit to pick up his first career save. The Beavers get one more game against a non-BIG 8 Conference opponent as they travel to Solano College in Fairfield to wrap up their 6 game road trip on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. The Beavers defeated Solano 7-4 at home on February 10th.
BEAVERS OFFENSE IS ON A ROLL, DEFEATS SHASTA 17-6
February 18, 2015
American River College has spent at least 13 hours on a bus in the last two days, and it has worked wonders for the beavers offense. One day after defeating Mission College 10-0 on 16 hits in Santa Clara, A.R.C. tallied 19 more hits and scored 17 runs in defeating Shasta College in Redding on Wednesday. Sophomores Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) and Colton Freeman (El Camino) led the way with 4 hits apiece. Sophomores Steve Mercado (Antelope), Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) and Dalton deVries (Oakmont) chipped in with 3 RBI apiece.
The Beavers got out to an early lead, scoring once in the first thanks to a couple of Shasta errors, then adding four runs in the 2nd, with RF Alex Gaskin lifting a double to center to drive in two that the Shasta centerfielder lost in the sun. Freshman P/DH Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) then drove his team leading 6th double on the season into the left center gap to score Gaskin. Shasta fought back, scoring four in the 2nd and two more in the 3rd on a Colton Freeman throwing error with two outs that allowed two runs to score. The Beavers tied the game then retook the lead in the 5th inning when freshman C Matt Elliott (Oakmont) grounded out to first with the bases loaded. 2B Steve Mercado later singled with 2 outs to drive in a pair, and Broadbent walked two batters later with the bases loaded. A.R.C. added three in the 7th inning, with the big blow being a Dalton deVries double to left with two outs. The game was still reasonably close in the 9th as the Beavers added 5 runs on 6 hits to put the game away. CF Justin Jordan (Folsom) added a bases loaded two run double with two outs to finish the scoring.
Kirby Broadbent picked up his first collegiate win, scattering four hits over 7 innings, striking out 7 while walking 5. LHP Kyle Grant (Burbank) threw a scoreless 8th and 9th and struck out four.
The Beavers travel to Laney College in Oakland on Saturday to face their former Bay Valley Conference foes at 1:00 p.m.
BEAVERS FINALLY PUT IT ALL TOGETHER, ROUT MISSION 10-0
February 17, 2015
Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) took it upon himself to help the beleaguered pitching staff by throwing 7 shutout innings, he struck out 8 and did not walk any. He allowed a single to the leadoff batter and then surrendered just one more hit the rest of the way. It was by far the best single outing by a Beaver pitcher this year. Kyle Beardsley (Franklin) and LHP Kyle Grant (Burbank) each threw a hitless inning of relief also. The Beavers jumped on the board early as sophomore DH Dalton deVries (Oakmont) hit the Beavers first home run since Jason Fletcher (Rosemont) homered against Sierra College on April 16, 2013. The Beavers went homerless last year. Sophomore Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) tied a school record with three doubles on the day, while adding a pair of RBI. SS Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) and 1B Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) also added three hits each on the day. The Beavers tallied a season high 5 doubles on the day plus the home run. deVries and Broadbent added doubles for the offense. The Beavers scored 6 times in the third inning, with 5 of the runs coming with 2 outs. They added another three runs in the 4th to go up 10-0 and the score would remain there the rest of the way. The Beavers travel to Shasta College in Redding on Wednesday to make-up a rained out game from February 7. The box score and cumulative season stats are not available at this time.
BEAVERS PITCHING WOES CONTINUE, DROP TWO TO HARTNELL
February 14, 2015
American River College continued to struggle on the mound this weekend, allowing 22 runs in two games to previously winless Hartnell College in Salinas. The Beavers dropped the Friday game 10-6 despite A.R.C. out-hitting the Panthers 14-9 on the day. P/DH Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) led the way with a 4x5 day at the plate, but suffered the loss, allowing 7 runs through 5 innings. CF Brandon Raposa (Woodcreek) added three hits in 4 trips to the plate. The Beavers had four doubles on the day.
Saturday was even worse as nothing seemed to work, as the offense managed just 5 hits, two in the 9th inning. Defensively the Beavers made three errors and had several other miscues which led to several hits and several runs for Hartnell. The pitching struggled as well, allowing 19 hits and walking 6. The Beavers travel to Mission College in Santa Clara on Tuesday to face Mission College, then go up I-5 to face Shasta College in Redding on Wednesday.
BEAVERS DEFEAT SOLANO AT HOME 7-4
February 10, 2015
American River College used a 4 run 8th inning to defeat the visiting Solano College Falcons 7-4 on Tuesday. The Falcons got off to a 3-0 lead in the 2nd inning off of Beavers starter Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) who battled some wildness early, walking 4 in the first 3 innings of work. The Beavers answered back in the bottom of the 2nd when DH James Boitano (Argonaut) singled in LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) who enjoyed a 4x4 day at the plate. The Beavers would tie the game in the 5th when 3B Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) drew a bases loaded walk, followed by a Lunardelli single to left to tie the game. The Beavers broke it open in the 8th when 1B Colton Freeman (El Camino) singled in Lunardelli through a drawn in infield with one out. After A.R.C. loaded the bases with two outs SS Steve Mercado (Antleope) singled to center, then managed to stay in a run down long enough for CF Brandon Raposa (Woodcreek) to score from first. RHP Mike Marlar (Casa Roble) came on in relief in the 9th to close out the game and pick up his first save of the year. Freshman RHP Tommy Balmain (Oakmont) picked up his first collegiate win. The Beavers travel to Salinas this Friday and Saturday to take on Hartnell College for a pair of games. The Beavers next 6 games are all on the road.
Saturday’s game at Shasta College in Redding has been rained out and will be rescheduled to Wednesday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m. The game will still be scheduled on the campus of Shasta College. Baseball schedule
BAD START DOOMS BEAVERS
February 5, 2015
Freshman LHP Andrew Fuentes (Pioneer) had a rough start on the mound, lasting just a third of an inning while allowing 5 runs which was too big of a hole for the Beavers to dig out of. Fifth ranked Feather River College used that five run first and some strong pitching to quiet the Beavers bats in a 9-3 defeat for A.R.C. The Beavers managed just 3 hits on the day, with 1B Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) delivering a 2 run triple in the 8th after the first two hitter of the inning had walked. DH Dalton deVries (Oakmont) followed with a sac fly to score Broadbent. The Beavers drew 7 walks on the day but could not capitalize on them. Fuentes struggled early, walking three, hitting one and giving up a two run single, all before the Beavers had a chance to bat. Freshman Tommy Balmain (Oakmont) came on in relief and did very well, throwing 6 2/3 scoreless innings to give the Beavers a chance to keep the game close. Feather River scored twice in the top of the 8th to go up 7-0 before the Beavers scored 3. The Beavers are scheduled to travel to Shasta College on Saturday but with the pending storm, there is a chance that it will be cancelled. The Beavers play at home again on Tuesday against Solano College at 2:00 p.m.
BEAVERS GET FIRST WIN OF SEASON AT HOME
February 4, 2015
American River College got their first win of the season at home Wednesday night in a game that was originally scheduled for Thursday, but was moved up to beat the incoming storm. The Beavers defeated the visiting Shasta College Knights 9-1. The Beavers out-hit the Knights 12-3, with DH Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) launching two double and LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) driving in a pair of runs in the bottom of the 7th with a triple to left center. He later scored on a wild pitch to put the Beavers up 9-0 at the time. The Beavers got out to a 4 run lead in the first three innings thanks to 7 hits by 7 different players. Starter Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) was effective through 6 innings as he struck out 8 and allowed just a pair of singles in the 5th inning. The game got a little sloppy late as the dew on the ground made it tough on the fielders to make plays which led to several Shasta errors and an A.R.C. error in the 9th which contributed to several unearned runs late in the game.
The Beavers are home again on Thursday to play Feather River College at 3:00 p.m. There will be no game on Friday, and the Beavers are scheduled to travel to Redding to play Shasta again on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
February 3, 2015
In an effort to beat the rain predicted for this weekend, American River College will be playing Shasta College this Wednesday night at 5:00 p.m. under the lights at Beaver Field. In addition, Friday’s game against Feather River College will be moved to Thursday at 3:00 p.m.
BEAVERS' BATS CAN'T FINISH COMEBACK
February 1, 2015
Once again American River College got plenty of runners on base and scored 11 times- which matched last season’s single game high- but the pitching was far from able to hold down the West Valley Vikings, as the Beavers lost 19-11 in Saratoga on Saturday. A.R.C. pitchers walked 11 batters and hit two while allowing 14 hits. The Beavers had some early miscues as well which put the team in a 10-1 hole after 3 innings. For the second straight day the defense threw away a bunt which allowed a pair of unearned runs to score. The Beavers did rally with the bats, closing the lead to 10-8 in the 5th inning, but West Valley was able to keep scoring, finally putting the game away with a 4 run 8th inning, topped by a 2 run home run by Vikings 3B Billy Mullins. At the plate the Beavers were led by 2B Colton Freeman (El Camino) who had a pair of doubles and three RBI, and FR Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) who was 1x2 with a 3 RBI and a pair of walks. 1B Dalton deVries (Oakmont) added a hit and a pair of RBI as well, and sophomore James Boitano (Argonaut) got his first hit of the season, a pinch hit single to right center in the 9th inning.
BEAVERS CAN'T OVERCOME ROUGH START, DROP SEASON OPENER
January 29, 2015
American River College opened the 2015 season with some great weather but some rough sailing on the mound at Beaver Field on Thursday. Beaver starter Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) was roughed up for 8 hits in 3+ innings while allowing a career high 6 walks. The Beavers bullpen was effective as RHP Tommy Balmain (Oakmont) came on in relief to throw 4 scoreless innings. RHP Kyle Beardsley (Franklin) allowed a run in the 8th inning but struck out the side and lefty Kyle Grant (Burbank) worked a scoreless 9th inning. At the plate the Beavers had their opportunities, as they had at least one runner on base in every inning. After being down 6-1 after two innings and 8-2 after 4, they managed to get within striking distance, closing the gap to 8-5 in the 5th after a Matt Elliott (Oakmont) double to right and an RBI groundout by sophomore CF Brandon Raposa (Woodcreek). The Beavers were unable to score again after having runners on base in each of the last 4 innings. Seven of the nine starters in the lineup had hits, with freshman DH Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) having a pair of hits, including a double off of the right field fence. Sophomore 3B Austin Call (Oakmont) also added an RBI double in the 1st inning.
The Beavers travel to West Valley on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. start.
ALUMNI BATTING PRACTICE / INTRASQUAD GAME AGAIN A SUCCESS
January 24, 2015
The 12th annual American River College baseball Alumni BP and Blue vs. White Intrasquad game went off without a hitch on Saturday, except for a little early morning fog and cold. The Alumni in attendance had a great time and Coach Jumelet was very appreciative of those who were able to make it out to the event. The 5 inning intrasquad game ended in a 3-2 win for the visiting team. It was the Beavers first time wearing navy blue, and the reaction to the new Underarmour jerseys was very positive.
The game was well played despite the early morning fog which burned off literally as soon as the game ended and in time for the BBQ, which was again catered by O’Connor’s Santa Maria Grill of Orangevale.
The Beavers kick off the 2015 season with high hopes on Thursday at Beaver Field against the West Valley College Vikings at 2:00 p.m.
Alumni in attendance for the event included
George Ban- 08
Jimmy Crider- 04
Andy Dahl- 03
Tim Fitzgerald- 08
Ian Gray- 08
Doug Jumelet- 93
Mark Leacox- 08
Andrew LeDuc- 08
Kevin Mattox- 04
Greg Meyer- 10
Steve Rinaudo- 07
Preston Vancil- 07
Ryan Vaughn- 02
Jon Vierra- 13
ALUMNI BATTING PRACTICE SET FOR SATURDAY
January 23, 2015
The weather forecast is favorable for this Saturday’s 12th Annual American River College Alumni Batting Practice/Blue vs. White Intrasquad game and BBQ. The Alumni will take batting practice from 10:00-11:00 AM. The 2015 Beavers will play a 5-6 inning intrasquad game in uniform starting at noon, which will be followed by a Tri-Tip BBQ catered by O’Connor’s Santa Maria Grill of Orangevale.
The Beavers kick off the 2015 season next Thursday, the 29th at home versus West valley College at 2:00 p.m.
January 20, 2015
The American River College baseball team held their annual Ironman Challenge on Monday after practice, with the team of James Boitano, Austin Call, Andrew Fuentes, and Justin Jordan winning the four event competition. Scores are accumulated for the whole team with the lowest point total winning. The four events were the Tire Pull up the hill in the football stadium, the Relay Race carrying a 50 pound bag, the Medicine Ball Toss, and the Obstacle Course.
The winning team won the Relay race, finished third in the Tire Pull with a cumulative time of 30.43 seconds and won the Obstacle Course with a cumulative time of 97.91 seconds. They won the Medicine Ball Toss with a cumulative total of 124 feet 6 inches.
Individual winners were Jimmy Lunardelli in the Tire Pull with a time of 6.63 seconds. Austin Call won the Med Ball Toss for the second year in a row with a throw of 35’11”. Tyler McCombs won the obstacle course with a time of 21.35 seconds
Tire Pull Team 1- 29.37 seconds Team 4- 30.09 Team 3- 30.43 Team 2- 33.09
Med Ball Toss- Team 3- 124’6” Team 1- 111’0” Team 2- 99’8” Team 4- 97’8”
Relay Race- Team 3 Team 4 Team 1 Team 2
Obstacle Course-Team 3- 97.91 seconds Team 2- 101.95 Team 1- 103.81 Team 4- 111.80
Team 1: Cameron Bennett, Tyler McCombs, Kirby Broadbent, Dalton deVries, Brandon Raposa
Team 2: Colton Freeman, Jimmy Lunardelli, Zach Padilla, Christian Savage
Team 3: James Boitano, Austin Call, Andrew Fuentes, Justin Jordan
Team 4: Matt Elliott, Alex Gaskin, Steve Mercado, Mikey Ramirez
The Beavers begin their season next Thursday, January 29th at home against West Valley College at 2:00 p.m.
ARC 12th annual alumni batting practice
January 12, 2015
The 12th annual American River College Alumni batting practice will be held on Saturday, January 24th. The alumni can come back and take batting practice at Beaver Field from 10 AM until 11 AM. Batting practice will be followed by the Blue vs. White game starting at noon, which is an intrasquad game with the team in full uniform. This will be the first year that the uniforms will not be royal blue, as the Beavers transition into brand new Under Armour navy blue uniforms. The intrasquad game will be followed by a BBQ for the players and their families and friends, as well as for all alumni and their families in attendance. Once again, the event will be catered by O’Connor’s Santa Maria BBQ of Orangevale.
This event marks the beginning of the 2015 season for the Beavers, who open up at home against West Valley College on Thursday, January 29th at 2:00 p.m.
BEAVERS POST SOLID GPA’S
American River College posted its’ second highest team gpa ever, according to head coach Doug Jumelet. The 2014 squad had a combined 2.72 grade point average, which fell just short of the teams’ all-time high, a 2.84 which was set in 2013. 13 of the 26 players posted a 3.0 gpa or better, with sophomore pitcher Jay Standen (Woodcreek) leading the way with a 4.0. One player fell just short with a 2.96 for the Spring semester.
“We are very proud of our guys and their efforts in the classroom. As a staff we work very hard to instill in them the importance of doing well in the classroom and it is obvious that they bought in. (Assistant Coach) Tim Fitzgerald in particular has done great job helping our players to become better students while also striving for success on the field,” said head coach Doug Jumelet.