The American River College baseball team concluded a three game series against divisional rival Sierra College after falling 9-1 on April 21.
Saturday’s game at Beaver Field brought out 85 spectators, most of whom were family and friends of the visiting Wolverines. The crowd’s cheering provided a home field advantage for Sierra.
When asked about the Beavers season, head coach Doug Jumelet said, “We haven’t gotten the wins at home.”
On the mound for the Beavers was sophomore pitcher Max Everingham who was facing off against the Wolverines ace Josh Eagle.
Sierra scored the second run needed to win in the third inning following a leadoff double by Clint Brill. With one out in the inning Casey Friederich drove Brill home with a line drive.
A fielding error by second baseman Cameron Gordon on a double play ball kept the inning alive for Sierra. The error was followed by a Travis Israel two run double.
Everingham continued to struggle against the visiting Wolverines allowing two more hits and three more runs. Everingham faced the Sierra’s entire batting rotation before being relieved by Zander Zeisler who allowed a single and later ended the inning with a fly out by lead off hitter Chris Streeter.
The Beavers allowed eight runs and 11 hits in the third inning.
Meanwhile Sierra’s pitcher Josh Eagle pitched seven innings and allowed one run on six hits, while striking out six batters.
A leadoff triple by center fielder TJ Meleski in the seventh inning finally gave the limited ARC fans something to cheer about, but they were quickly silenced when Cody Lomorei hit a ground out.
Tyler Eppler came to the plate and heard cheers from the fans before grounding out which allowed Meleski to score ARC’s only run of the game.
When asked about the game Jumelet said, “We had competitive at bats, but the better team won today.”
ARC will host Santa Rosa Junior College, Tuesday April 24, at 2:30 p.m. The Beavers last home game is Thursday April 26, versus Cosumnes River College at 2:30 p.m.