Let the games begin

The Feather River College Eagles have been on the field throwing strikes and hitting runs for a few weeks now. They started the season with a couple of scrimmages in Yuba and Folsom Lake on Jan. 18 and 19. Then the team moved on to preseason games in Bakersfield were they won against the Bakersfield Renegades, 6-2.

Bakersfield vs. Eagles

FRC’s second baseman, Jerry Thomas, brought in three runs for the Eagles! Right fielder Cooper Kitrel scored, shortstop Peter Mendazona scored and designated hitter Ryan Bolf also scored a run for the Eagles.

Mendazona hit three RBIs. Infielder Haydn Brown and Bolf both had an RBI. Thomas and Mendazona hit doubles during the win.

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Kitrel stole two bases. Thomas, Mandazona, Bolf, and Braden Del Carlo all stole a base. Thomas, Del Carlo and Brad Madison made double plays.

The Eagles manned the mound with four pitchers. Kyle Bettencourt (12 batters faced) and Justin Crone (11 batters faced) both took three innings and both struck out two batters. Zach Perkins (six batters faced) pitched two innings and also struck out two batters. Drew Clark (four batters faced) pitched one inning and struck out three batters. Sounds like a great season of Eagle pitching is coming our way.

Taft vs. Eagles

The next day, Jan. 25, the Eagles played two games. First they took on the Taft Cougars to win 10-0.

The Eagles scored two runs in the fourth inning, three in the fifth and five in the sixth inning with a total of 13 hits.

Scoring for FRC came from Kitrel (3 runs), Thomas (3 runs), centerfielder Michael Boomgaarden (2 runs), catcher Bowdy Griffen (1 run) and third baseman Garrett Damico (1 run).

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Two RBIs each came from Kitrel and Mendazona. Boomgaarten, Thomas and Bolf all hit a runner in.

Kitrel hit a double and a triple. Thomas hit a double.

Four fresh pitchers took the mound for the Eagles. Jake Farnsworth pitched five innings to 19 batters and struck out four.

Local Quincy graduate Drew Baumgartner pitched two innings to 10 batters and struck out three. Tristan Catan pitched to four batters an inning and struck out one and Chace Ostermeyer pitched to six batters.

Moorpark vs. Eagles

Game two for the day put the Eagles facing the Moorpark Raiders where FRC lost 7-0.

Boomgaarden was struck out twice. Eric Spencer, Del Carlo, Farnsworth, Brad Madison, Jake Christianson and Damico were all struck out. Madison did hit a double though. The pair of pitchers the Raiders put on the mound were Noah Balandran pitching 6.1 innings and Carson Stanfield pitching 2.2.

Eagle pitchers throwing to the Raiders were Bryce Rogers (4.2 innings), Clayton Chipchase (two innings), Cody Lorenzini (1.1 innings) and Dylan Anderman and Tristan Catan for less than an inning.

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Rogers struck out two batters and so did Chipchase. The other three pitchers all struck out a Raider batter, too. The FRC Eagles won’t be seeing the Moorpark Raiders again, unless playoffs converge their paths somehow.

Merced vs. Eagles

The fourth game of the series came the following day, Sunday, when the Eagles met the Merced Blue Devils. No scoring took place until the top of the sixth inning when FRC jumped on the scoreboard as infielder Eric Spencer crossed home plate.

Merced came back to score in the bottom of the seventh and tie things up. Neither team scored in the eighth inning and things looked sewn up until the Blue Devils put another run on in the bottom of the ninth to win the game.

The Eagles gave more new pitchers a try at the mound. Sebasten Boivin took the top spot pitching to 14 batters in 3.2 innings and struck out five Blue Devil batters. Myles Davis, that’s right, pitched 3.1 innings to 15 batters and struck out four. Drew Clark pitched 1.1 inning, six batters, striking out three and Dylan Cabral pitched to two batters.

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“Our kids played very well in our first weekend,” said FRC head baseball coach Terry Baumgartner. “We still have a lot of work to do to get better as a team.”

Santa Rosa vs. Eagles

The FRC men continued the season as they took on the Bear Cubs on Jan. 30.

The Eagles managed a run in the third inning, scored by Eric Spencer, but the balance of the trips across home plate were made by the Bears, 17-1.

Garrett Damico hit a double and it was Peter Mendazona that hit the RBI. Bases were stolen by Haydn Brown, Jake Christianson and Spencer.

The Eagles tried seven pitchers on the Bear Cubs. Dylan Anderman struck out two Cubs of five batters faced in 1.1 inning, Dylan Cabral struck out one of six batters faced in one inning pitched and Drew Baumgartner struck out one of 11 batters faced in 1.2 inning at the mound.

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Esteban Sosa pitched two innings facing 12 batters, Kyle Bettencourt pitched 1.2 innings and faced 10 batters. Clayton Chipchase faced five batters and Chace Ostermeyer faced six batters.

The Eagles have 16 away games before they are scheduled to play at home Friday, March 6, at 5 p.m.

League games won’t start until they play three games with Siskiyous starting Friday, Feb. 21. Coach Baumgartner has the team matched against a pool of tough out-of-conference teams before FRC takes on local challengers during league.

So far his methods have netted fine results for the Eagles. Stay tuned for more updates on the progress of our Eagle team.