FRC’s returning sophomore Chadwick Kaalekahi makes his way to home plate for a Golden Eagle run Feb. 1 at Taft College. The Eagles played three games at Taft last weekend to start their season. FRC won two and lost one. Photo submitted
Feather River College started Jan. 31 with a doubleheader against hosting team Taft, and took it out 7-0 the first game, then lost 4-3 later in the afternoon. The next day FRC took on Imperial Valley and acquired another shutout, winning 6-0.
Offensively, the Eagles did their best running the bases. Over the weekend FRC came out with 15 stolen bases.
“For our first weekend back, I thought we did pretty good,” commented FRC’s head coach, Terry Baumgartner. “We had the speed we needed to move our players.”
FRC had trouble getting the runs for most of its first game against Taft. In the second inning, however, Nathan Reynolds plated home from third off a sacrifice fly from Brandon Erickson.
In the eighth inning, the Eagles really rallied to bring in six more runs. Garrett Powers was the first to come home off an error by Taft’s pitcher, Brandon Van Stone. After Powers ran in, five more Eagles followed suit.
Alden Goebel, Brandon Coburn, Kaimana Perreira-Alquiza, Chadwick Kaalekahi and Reynolds all made their way to home plate. The Eagles split their pitching between Erickson and Eli Davidann.
The Eagles got a good start to their next game against Taft, scoring one run in the second inning and two in the third. Bronson Aiwohi, Henry Rondeau and Reynolds scored the only runs of the game for FRC.
Taft rallied in the sixth inning to score three runs and tie the game, then finished the Eagles off with a single run in the bottom of the eighth.
“We didn’t play as good defensively on the first day,” said Baumgartner. “We made some mistakes in the outfield in one inning that really cost us the game.”
The next day, refreshed and ready, the Eagles played solid baseball against Imperial Valley to steadily racked up the runs. FRC scored one run each in the third, fourth, sixth and seventh innings and two in the fifth.
Kaalekahi and Aiwohi both hit doubles and Kaalekahi got an RBI, as did Perreira-Alquiza and Rondeau. FRC rotated through five pitchers during the game and struck out 10 of Imperial Valley’s batters. Skylar Haynes pitched five innings and struck out three himself.
“We have a lot of guys pitching for us,” said Baumgartner. “They all did a great job. I think it’s good that we have the depth that we do.”
The Eagles will hit the road again this weekend, playing American River on Friday, Sierra College on Saturday and Cabrillo College on Sunday. FRC’s first home game will be March 8 against College of the Redwoods.