PANTHERS FINISH OFF SWEEP OF BEAVERS
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American River College mustered just 3 runs in the three game series against cross-town rival Sacramento City College s they dropped the final game of the three game series 1-0 on Friday. The game was played partially under the lights at Beaver Field- it was a 6:00 p.m. start- for the first conference night game in at least 15 years. Both teams were holding the other to zeroes across the board until the 6th when the Panthers got a one out walk, followed by a bunt which moved the runner up to second base, then a two out singles just past the outstretched glove of Beaver SS Michael Hatfield (Del Campo). Freshman starter Jake Campbell (Rio Linda) fell to 2-3 on the year but threw a very strong 6 innings, allowing just 5 hits while also striking out 5. Freshman 2B Steve Mercado (Antelope) had a pair of hits for the Beavers as did LF Joe Williams (Jesuit).
A.R.C. moves from playing #6 ranked Sac City this past week to #2 ranked Delta College next week, with the Tuesday and Saturday games in Stockton and Thursday at home.
BEAVERS POOR PLAY LEADS TO 5-0 LOSS
March 11, 2014
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American River College was in a generous mood on Tuesday, basically handing Sac City 5 runs in the BIG 8 Conference opener. The Panthers scored in the top of the first when the leadoff hitter of the game hit a pop-up that landed on the pitchers mound and was not caught by anybody. The Panthers’ second run scored on a double steal of first and third, in which the ball was supposed to have been thrown back to starting pitcher Thomas Peterson (DeLaSalle) who missed the throw, allowing the run to score. The Panthers third run scored on a dropped pop-up by Peterson with 2 outs. Sac City started off the 8th with a ground ball to short which was misplayed by SS Michael Hatfield (Del Campo) for an error. That runner later scored as did another with two outs after a pair of walks by reliever Matt Gunter (Bella Vista).
Offensively the Beavers were held in check by Sac City ace Ben Ritchie, who threw a complete game shutout, scattering four hits with 8 strikeouts, five of them looking.
1B Cole Ebner (El Camino) had a pair of singles for the Beavers. A.R.C. drives down to South Sacramento on Thursday for a night game at Union Stadium, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
The Panthers and Beavers have not played a night game since 2002, when Future Big League pitcher Dallas Braden (03) defeated the Panthers 3-2, pitching 6 innings and striking out 6.
BEAVERS PULL TO .500 GOING INTO BIG 8 PLAY
March 7, 2014
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American River College defeated the College of Marin 8-1 on Friday to even their season record to 7-7 for the 2014 season. It was the Beavers third win this week while playing 4 days in a row. A.R.C. jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first when DH Joe Williams (Jesuit) doubled home LF Tyler Smith (Del Campo) and CF AJ Phillips (Visions) who both reached to lead off the game. Marin got their lone run in the bottom of the first off freshman left-hander Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) who was making his first collegiate start. After striking out the first two batters of the game Gunter hit a stretch of wildness, hitting two batters and allowing an infield single then walking in a run.
The Beavers offense gave him some breathing room in the third by scoring 3 times, capped off by an Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) 2 run single.
Gaskin, Williams, and SS Michael Hatfield (Del Campo) all had 2 RBI on the day and sophomore C Wade Brill (Woodcreek) also added an RBI.
Gunter earned his first collegiate win and freshman RHP Brian Evangelisti (Oakmont) pitched a scoreless 9th in his college debut.
It was the Beavers first trip to Marin since 2003 and the first time the two had met since 2005 when the Beavers swept the Mariners in the first round of the playoffs. The Beavers begin BIG 8 Conference play on Tuesday as they play host to cross-town rival Sacramento City College at 2:30 p.m. Thursday’s game at Sac City will be at 6:00 p.m. and Friday’s game at Beaver Field will also be at 6:00 p.m.
KENDALL’S WALK OFF HIT LIFTS BEAVERS TO 2ND WIN IN TWO DAYS
March 6, 2014
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American River College improved to 6-7 on the season with a 5-4 win in 10 innings over #16 ranked Laney College on Thursday. The Beavers also improved to 3-2 at Beaver Field this season and 2-0 in extra inning games. Chase Hunt-Murray (Davis) started on the mound for A.R.C. and threw an efficient 7 1/3 innings, allowing 4 runs but just 2 of them earned. He recorded 9 first pitch outs on the day, including a double play ball in the 6th inning. The Beavers overcame several miscues, including three errors from SS Jon Kendall (Liberty Ranch), who would later be the hero with a game winning walk-off single in the 10th inning. The Beavers had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the 8th when RF Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) singled with two outs which should have scored DH Joe Williams (Jesuit) from second. 2B Steve Mercado (Antelope) was thrown out trying to get to third on the play and the out was recorded before the run scored.
The Beavers were able to tie the game in the 9th however after freshman Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) hit a pinch hit single to lead off the 9th. After he was bunted over to second the Beavers were able to load the bases with one out for Mercado. He lifted a fly ball to shallow left field but it was enough to score Lunardelli to tie the game. After sophomore Patrick Upchurch (Rancho Bernardo) retired the side in the top of the 10th, 3B Austin Call (Oakmont) doubled down the left field line to lead off the inning. C Wade Brill (Woodcreek) laid down a nice bunt towards the third base side which saw the Laney pitcher slip as he was trying to field the ball for a bunt single, Brill’s second of the season. Kendall then laced a 1-0 pitch to right center to score Call for the game winning run.
Patrick Upchurch picked up his second win of the season.
The Beavers travel to the College of Marin on Friday for their final non-league tilt before beginning Big 8 Conference play on Tuesday against cross-town rival Sac City College at 2:30.
BEAVERS SHUT OUT COMETS AT HOME
March 5, 2014
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Pitching and defense has been the key for the Beavers this season and Wednesday was no different as freshman RHP Jake Campbell (Rio Linda) threw 8 scoreless innings which was followed by a scoreless 9th from closer Patrick Upchurch (Rancho Bernardo) as American River defeated Contra Costa College 4-0. The game was played on Wednesday because it had been rained out both last Saturday and this past Monday. It was the Beavers 2nd shutout victory of the season.
The Beavers had chances to score early, but C Joe Williams (Jesuit) was stranded at 2nd in the first inning and A.R.C. had the bases loaded with no outs in the 4th inning and failed to score. With the Beavers up 3-0 in the 8th RF Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) doubled to left which was followed by a Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) double to center. It was the second time in three games that the pair has double in the same inning.
The Beavers stay home tomorrow to play Laney College at 2:00 p.m.
BEAVERS STRUGGLE IN RETURN TO FIELD
March 4, 2014
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It had been a week since American River College last took the field and the rust showed. The defense made some costly miscues early which led to 3 unearned runs and the Beavers lost to #11 Los Medanos College in Antioch 6-2. The Beavers out-hit LMC 9-7 but couldn’t manage to punch home the runs when they had chances. Sophomore Thomas Peterson (DeLaSalle) took the loss while allowing just 2 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings. The Beavers return home on Wednesday for a make-up game against Contra Costa College at 2:00 p.m.
BEAVERS SLITHER AWAY WITH WIN AT SOLANO
February 25, 2014
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American River College defeated Solano College 6-5 in 10 innings on Tuesday in Fairfield. The Beavers played one of their sloppiest games of the season but still managed to come out with the win thanks to some big defensive plays and a couple of key pinch hits. The Beavers got on the board early when CF AJ Phillips (Visions) led off the game with a walk and stole second. LF Tyler Smith (Del Campo) promptly singled to right to score Phillips. DH Joe Williams (Jesuit) then doubled over the right fielders head to send Smith to third, who then got caught off the bag and got in a rundown. Williams preceded to advance to third but when Smith got back to third safely Solano’s third baseman tagged both runners, which forced Williams to be out. Smith then mistakenly got off the base and was tagged out also, killing the rally.
Solano managed to scrap for 7 hits and 4 runs off of Northern California Pitcher of the Week Thomas Peterson (DeLa Salle) who was uncharacteristically wild, and the Beavers defense committed a season high 5 errors.
C Wade Brill (Woodcreek) saved the Beavers a couple of times, once by picking off a runner at third with no outs in the 2nd inning and by making a great pick of a bad throw to tag a runner out at the plate in the 5th inning.
The Beavers trailed 5-3 entering the 9th but a pinch hit double by freshman Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) and a two out pinch hit double by Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) tied the game to send it to extra innings. Tyler Smith led off the 10th with a bunt base hit and then stole 2nd, his first stolen base of the season. After a fly out to right moved Smith to third, 1B Cole Ebner (El Camino) picked up his 3rd hit of the game and his first RBI to put the Beavers in the lead for the first time since the 2nd inning.
Patrick Upchurch threw a career high 3 innings to pick up his first win of the season, striking out three while allowing just one hit.
The Beavers are scheduled to play Contra Costa College at home on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
BEAVERS SWEPT BY THE SAINTS
February 22, 2014
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American River College was downed 9-5 by Mission College on Saturday, as the Saints completed a 3 game series sweep of the Beavers. Mission jumped on Beavers starter Jake Campbell (Rio Linda) early scoring two in the first, but the Beavers answered back scoring twice on a Cole Ebner (El Camino) bases loaded single. A.R.C. took the lead in the 2nd inning thanks to a double steal in which CF AJ Phillips (Visions) stole second while SS Michael Hatfield (Del Campo) swiped home. Mission was rallying in the 4th with the bases loaded on three straight singles to load the bases when it looked like Campbell would make the pitch to get the Beavers out of the jam. However, the double play grounder to short was too hard to handle for Hatfield allowing two runs to score. Four of the next five batters singled off of Campbell as Mission scored 6 times in the 4th to take a lead that they would never give back. The Beavers threatened a couple of times and each team scored a run in the 9th. The Beavers fall to 3-6 on the season and travel to play Solano College in Fairfield on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.
BEAVERS OFFENSE STALLS AGAIN
February 20, 2014
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American River College fell to 3-5 on the 2014 season after losing to Mission College 3-1 on Tuesday in Santa Clara. The Beavers got behind early as starter Chase Hunt-Murray (Davis) battled through some control issues and allowed 2 runs in the second inning. He did get bailed out of a bases loaded jam when 3B Austin Call (Oakmont) made a diving catch of a line drive and landed on the bag for an unassisted double play. The Beavers scored their lone run in the 6th inning after a double by DH Joe Williams (Jesuit) was followed up by a deep fly ball to center by 1B Cole Ebner (El Camino). The ball landed after a long run by the Mission College centerfielder which allowed Williams to score, but the centerfielder was charged with an error, denying Ebner of the double and an RBI. Patrick Upchurch (Rancho Bernardo) worked the 8th and 9th innings for the Beavers. LF Tyler Smith (Del Campo) had a pair of hits in addition to Joe Williams two hits on the day.
The Beavers will try to avoid the series sweep as they return home on Saturday to play the Saints at 1:00 p.m.
PETERSON NAMED PITCHER OF THE WEEK
February 19, 2014
American River College sophomore Thomas Peterson (DeLaSalle) was named Northern California Pitcher of the Week for the week ending February 16, it was announced. Peterson is the first ARC pitcher to win the award that has been in existence for the past three years, and is the 4th to be nominated. Peterson’s work against Feather River College on Tuesday the 11th for 8 innings with no runs, 5 strikeouts and 7 hits allowed, as well as a 3-0 shutout win for the Beavers earned him the award. After pitching 7 innings against Shasta College this past Monday in which he allowed only an unearned run on four hits Peterson’s ERA stands at 1.33 on the season.
American River College RHP Thomas Peterson has been named the the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association’s (CCCBCA) baseball Pitcher of the Week for the week of February 10th –February 16th, it was announced on Tuesday.
Peterson threw 8 shutout innings, scattering 7 hits while striking out 5 against #5 Feather River College. Thomas is a sophomore from De La Salle High School. He threw just 94 pitches through eight innings
Peterson is the first Beaver to earn CCCBCA Pitcher of the Week honors.
Read more at CCCBCA
BEAVERS BEAT SHASTA 11-6
February 17, 2014
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American River College picked up its third win of the season on Monday in a game that was made-up from a rainout on Saturday the 8th. Sophomore RHP Thomas Peterson (DeLaSalle) was once again dominant, allowing just one unearned run in 7 innings on just four hits. His season ERA has dipped to 1.33 through 20 innings on the season. The big story was the Beavers offense though, which scored a season high 11 runs. The team had scored just 15 runs in the first 6 games combined. Freshman SS Michael Hatfield (Del Campo) led the way with three hits as well as three RBI on the day. The Beavers scored early and often as 1B Cole Ebner had a rare 2 run sac fly in the first inning. His deep shot to center was flagged down by Shasta’s centerfielder, who slipped before getting a throw off to allow the Beavers LF Tyler Smith (Del Campo) to score from second. A.R.C. scored in every inning except for the 6th, 8th, and 9th.
The Beavers are back on the road for game 2 of their series against Mission College on Thursday before the two teams meet for the third time at Beaver Field on Saturday.
BEAVERS SPLIT WITH HARTNELL ON THE ROAD
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American River College split with the Hartnell College Panthers over the weekend, taking the first game 5-1 on Friday but dropping game 2 of the series 8-3 on Saturday. Freshman RHP Jake Campbell (Rio Linda) pitched a complete game gem on Friday, allowing the Panthers just 6 hits over 9 innings. The Beavers took a 2-1 lead into the 8th when they scored 3 times to put the game out of reach.
Saturdays game was a little different though, as sophomore LHP Chase Hunt-Murray (Davis) struggled with his command but battled to give up just 3 runs on 9 hits in 5 innings. The Beavers scored three times in the top of the 5th on a two out bases loaded triple by sophomore CF AJ Phillips (Visions), who leads the team with 4 RBI on the year. Hunt-Murray got out of the 5th then left it up to the bullpen, which did not come through this time. Sophomore RHP Jay Standen (Woodcreek) loaded the bases, then was foolowed by sophomore RHP Sam Anderson (Woodcreek), who balked in a run, then followed up a walk with a bases clearing double. The Beavers offense continues to struggle, managing just 6 hits in the game. Sophomore LF Tyler Smith (Del Campo) had a pair of singles on the day.
The Beavers get back on the bus on Monday to face Shasta College on Monday in a make-up game from last Saturday that was rained out.
BEAVERS NOTCH FIRST WIN OF SEASON, SHUT OUT FEATHER RIVER
February 11, 2014
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American River College got its first win of the 2014 season on Tuesday, a 3-0 shutout over #5 ranked Feather River College. The game was rescheduled from last Friday, which got rained out. It was the Beavers first win over Feather River since 2010, when they defeated the Golden Eagles 8-2. The Beavers recorded one shutout victory last season, a 2-0 win over Cosumnes River College on March 28th. RHP Thomas Peterson (DeLaSalle) pitched more with guts than stuff on Tuesday and held Feather River scoreless for 8 innings while scattering 7 hits and striking out 5. RHP Patrick Upchurch (Rancho Bernardo) picked up his first save of the season. The Beavers failed to drive in a run with the bats but played solid defense and scratched together enough baserunners to put pressure on Feather River. The Beavers got on top early for the first time this year as leadoff hitter AJ Phillips (Visions) singled up the middle on an 0-2 pitch. After he stole second he was bunted over to third then scored on a wild pitch. A.R.C. added a run in the 5th as RF Brandon Raposa (Woodcreek) scored when 3B Austin Call (Oakmont) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. The Beavers got an insurance run in the 6th after C Wade Brill (Woodcreek) got hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. DH Josh Hilburn (Granite Bay) bunted Brill over and the throw got away from the first baseman which allowed Brill to move to third. Hilburn then stole second and the throw sailed into center field allowing Brill to score.
The Beavers turned three double plays on the day, including a 1-2-3 double play with the bases loaded and nobody out in the 4th inning and a 6-4-3 double play with the bases loaded and 1 out in the 5th.
A.R.C. travels to Salinas this weekend to play Hartnell College on Friday and Saturday.
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.