ARC’s pitching, defense falters in 13-5 loss at Sac City


Matthew Peirson and Matthew Peirson

Undone by three errors and sluggish pitching, American River College’s baseball team lost to Sacramento City College 13-5 in the finale of a three game series as Sac City pulled away following a game-tying single by ARC left fielder Jimmy Lunardelli in the fifth inning.

ARC starter Tommy Balmain never found a groove, allowing five runs on four hits and walking five in 3 ⅔ innings before being pulled.

Kyle Grant, Christian Savage and Mikey Ramirez all gave up at least two runs in their respective stints on the mound, and ARC did not hold a lead in the game after the second inning.

Balmain (3-1 starting) took a no decision in the contest, while Grant (0-1) took the loss.

After ARC’s blowout win Thursday, Sac City put up a similar offensive effort, scoring in every inning except the third and the sixth.

Designated hitter Dalton Devries led the offense for ARC, going 3-4 with two RBIs. Right fielder Alex Gaskin was the only other ARC player to manage multiple hits in the loss, and ARC managed just eight in the game.

Sac City starter Steven Talbert didn’t fare well either, allowing four runs on five hits and walking three in four innings.

ARC’s offense went quiet after Sac City went to its bullpen, as Talbert was removed for relief pitcher Steve Daini.

Daini allowed a bases loaded single to Devries as well as the tying run on Lunardelli’s single, but was only charged with the latter run.

Travis Magness and Gabriel Meza shut ARC out the rest of the way, while Sac City’s offense put up three runs in the fifth, one in the seventh and four in the eighth en route to the victory.

ARC now faces powerhouse and undefeated San Joaquin Delta College this week, the top team in the Big 8 Conference.

SJDC is 17-0 overall, and swept Santa Rosa Junior College 3-0 in its first conference series last week.

ARC head coach Doug Jumelet declined to comment on the game and did not make players available for interviews.