Mike Egami slides across home plate to put the Golden Eagles on the scoreboard in their first game of the Super Regional playoffs against Sierra College last Friday, May 11. FRC lost 5-3. Photo by Shannon Morrow
Of the four teams competing in the Northern California super regional baseball playoffs at Feather River College last Friday through Sunday, May 11 – 13, eighth-seeded Sierra College out of Rocklin went 3-0 to win the tournament and advance to the community college state baseball championships.
The FRC Golden Eagles lost to Sierra in game one on Friday by a score of 5-3.
The next day, FRC fell 2-0 to Merced, which was coming off a 10-3 loss to Fresno City the day before.
Fresno City lost its second-round game against Sierra 5-4, then beat Merced again 13-10 Saturday evening, before being eliminated by Sierra 10-6 on Sunday.
Top-seeded Feather River College was missing several of its starting players due to injury.
In Feather River’s opening game against Sierra, the Golden Eagles trailed 5-1 going into the bottom of the ninth inning, but then loaded the bases and scored two runs.
With the tying run on second base, FRC fans held hope until the end, but a fresh pitcher put the game away for Sierra.
The Golden Eagles suffered another two-run loss in Saturday’s first game against fifth-seeded Merced.
Feather River ends its season with an overall record of 32-8 and as the Golden Valley Conference champions.