FRC sophomore Austin Bali watches his hit fall toward the grass as he releases his bat and moves toward first base. Bali collected four hits and three RBIs in the 13-4 win against Siskiyous. Photo by Shannon Morrow
The Feather River College Golden Eagles baseball team split a doubleheader last Sunday at Butte College, but won the three game series in the process to maintain first place in the Golden Valley Conference.
The Golden Eagles won game one of the series Thursday at Butte College by a score of 7-2. Sunday’s doubleheader was supposed to be played at the Eagle’s Nest, but due to wet field conditions the game was moved to Butte College.
The Golden Eagles and Roadrunners split the doubleheader, as Butte won game one 4-3 and the Golden Eagles won game two 14-1.
The Golden Eagles are now 19-4 overall and 7-2 in GVC play.
In Thursday’s game one of the series, the Golden Eagles used timely hitting and good starting pitching to beat the Roadrunners.
Sophomore Alex Vetter took the mound for the Golden Eagles and picked up his fourth victory of the season, as he went seven innings and allowed five hits, two runs, and struck out two batters.
Freshman Grant Mattes finished the game by pitching the final two innings, allowing no hits and striking out one hitter.
FRC’s offense was led by a trio of hitters, as Justin Bohn, Austin Bali and Naea Kalehuawehe each had two hits for the Golden Eagles. Bali and Kalehuawehe each added two RBIs.
Game one of the series last Sunday saw the Golden Eagles offense unable to come through with a clutch hit, as they lost 4-3.
The Golden Eagles offense could only muster up eight hits in game one of the doubleheader, and they stranded eight baserunners.
Freshman Justin Bohn and sophomore Austin Bali each had two hits for the Golden Eagles, and Bali added two RBIs.
Sophomore Sean Ryan got the scoring started for the Golden Eagles with a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning.
The Golden Eagles had the tying run on second base in the top of the ninth, but couldn’t push the run across.
Freshman Michael Bennett suffered his first loss of the season, as he allowed five hits and four runs in his seven plus innings of work.
Game three of the series saw the Golden Eagles offense come alive, as they pounded out 11 hits on their way to an easy 14-1 victory over Butte College.
The Golden Eagles offense had many contributors in game two of the doubleheader, as a trio of freshmen each had two hits. The trio was led by Justin Bohn and his two hits and three runs. Mike Egami also added two hits and three runs, while Grant Mattes added two hits, one run and two RBIs.
Another freshman, Jeremy Rosenthal, added three RBIs for the Golden Eagles.
On the mound, freshman Jace Puckett picked up his second victory of the season, as he allowed one hit, no runs, and he struck out four in his five innings of work.
Sophomore Andy Amaro and freshman Matt Thomas finished off the two hitter, as they pitched an inning each with three strikeouts combined.
Up next for the Golden Eagles will be GVC rival Shasta College for a three-game series this weekend.
Games one and two of the series are scheduled for Friday, April 6, at the Eagle’s Nest, with a start time of 1 p.m. Saturday’s series finale will begin with the first pitch at 1 p.m. at the Eagle’s Nest.
All three games of the series are scheduled to be on the radio, with a broadcast time starting 15 minutes before the first pitch.
FRC sweeps Siskiyous
The Golden Eagles swept a Golden Valley Conference doubleheader against College of the Siskiyous March 23 with scores of 13-4 and 6-2.
The Golden Eagles’ bats finally woke up this spring, as the offense produced 18 hits in game one to cruise to a 13-4 victory over College of the Siskiyous.
The offense was led by sophomore Austin Bali and freshman Justin Bohn, as they each had four hits in game one. Bali also added three RBIs and Bohn drove in one run and scored two runs.
Freshman Ryan Coleman added a three-run homer, his first of the season, in the bottom of the fourth to spark the Golden Eagles. Sophomore Naea Kalehuawehe and freshman Mike Egami also added two hits apiece and Egami scored four runs.
On the mound the Golden Eagles got clutch relief pitching from sophomore Chase Tokunaga, as he picked up his second victory of the season. Tokunaga went 4-1/3 innings giving up five hits and no earned runs and he struck out three batters.
Freshman Maclane Brady threw a scoreless ninth inning for the Golden Eagles, as he gave up no hits and he struck out one batter.
In game two, the Golden Eagles overcame a 2-1 deficit in the bottom of the seventh by scoring one run in the seventh and four more in the eighth inning to win 6-2.
The big blow for the Golden Eagles offense came from freshman Jose Sierra, as he hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth. Sierra finished the game with two hits, two runs scored and three RBIs.
The Golden Eagles offense pounded out 14 hits in game two, led by Bohn and his four hits. Bali and fellow sophomore Paul Cagle each added three hits and sophomore Kyle Ford added two hits and a solo home run.
The Golden Eagles once again got a solid start from freshman Jace Puckett, as he went 5-1/3 innings, allowing one earned run and five hits, and striking out six batters.
Fellow freshman Grant Mattes picked up his first victory of the season in his 3-2/3 innings of shutout relief. Mattes allowed one hit and he walked one batter.
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