Sports

By | Staff Writer
May 9

City College softball defeated Reedley College in the Northern Regional Playoffs May 4-5 to advance to the Northern California Super Regional Playoffs.

The Panthers were unbeatable Friday and Saturday during the first round of the Northern Regional Playoffs, sweeping the Tigers in games one and two of the playoffs. The 11-3 and 11-0 wins move the Panthers forward to the playoffs May 9-11.

In the first game of the series, the Panthers proved their dominance by scoring 11 runs on 17 hits, winning 11-3 against the Tigers.

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Baseball is in his blood
By | Guest Writer
May 9

Tink! Tink! Tink! The sound of a metal bat hitting a baseball, over and over again. The smell of fresh cut grass. The sound of baseballs hitting mitts repeatedly. The sun overhead. This is where Robert Link feels his passion.

Link, 20, is a City College baseball player. He is the archetypal college athlete and represents the program here at Sac City the way it should be.

That all comes easy for Link, baseball is in his blood.

“He is an excellent example of what community college student-athletes should strive to be,” says City College head baseball coach Derek Sullivan. “His future is bright.”

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Pitching staff leads Panthers
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May 8

A combination of young freshman and veteran leadership has catapulted the Panthers’ pitching staff to the top of the rankings in for California community colleges.

The Panthers had three starting pitchers post a sub 2.50 ERA this season, and the team’s 2.30 overall ERA is the seventh best in the state.

Sophomore Gabe Araj, the team’s only left-handed starter, made 11 starts for the Panthers posting an ERA of 2.30 in 54.2 innings pitched with 47 strikeouts and a record of 5-3.

Panthers head coach Derek Sullivan says the team’s consistent pitching was the key to their success this season.

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Baseball sees success, disapointment
By | Staff Writer
May 8

City College baseball finished the 2014 regular season with an overall record of 24-11, and its players found themselves matched up with the Cabrillo College Hawks in the first round of the CCCAA Nor-Cal Regional Playoffs.

After dropping the first game of the best-of-three series (6-1) to the Hawks Friday night, the Panthers won a dramatic game two the next day in the 13th inning when infielder Nolan Ryan hit a walk-off single against Hawks pitcher Eddy Puga to drive in Matt Caselli and win the game 6-5 for City College.

Then, in the final and deciding game of the series Saturday, Hawks pitcher Ryan Capozza threw a complete game against the Panthers, allowing just two runs and securing the 4-2 win for Cabrillo College.

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Sacramento Republic FC comes to City College
By | Staff Writer
May 8

A sold-out crowd of more than 20,000 fans took to Charles C. Hughes Stadium to watch Sacramento’s first professional outdoor soccer team take the field in their first home game.

Despite the losing score (2–1) displayed on the scoreboard at the end of the 90-minute match, the Sacramento Republic Football Club’s inaugural first home game was a sure success and did more for City College than any one major sporting event has done in years, according to campus officials.

Republic FC was founded in 2012 and became an expansion team for the United Soccer Leagues Professional Division (USLPro), a division three American soccer league. The team made its debut in 2014 against the LA Galaxy II team at the StubHub center in Carson, Calif.

With Bonney Field—the team’s permanent home—currently under construction at Cal Expo, the Republic will play their first three home games at City College’s Hughes Stadium.

With a sell-out crowd April 26, and over 17,000 people at May 3 win (2-1), team executives are hoping to have an average of close to 17,000 fans over the three game-span at Hughes Stadium.

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Panthers advance to Super Regionals
By | Staff Writer
May 7

The Panther’s came into the season with lofty expectations from the California Community College Fastpitch Coaches Association with a ranking of sixth in the state and third in Northern California.

Despite a flurry of injuries, City College softball wrapped up their regular season with a 28-12 record, good enough for a playoff birth and the fourth seed in the Northern California rankings.

“We had a pretty good season so far,” said Head Coach Tim Kiernan. “We didn’t accomplish all of our goals, but we accomplished some.”

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Panthers baseball outplays Mustangs
By | Staff Writer
April 27

Click on Sports for highlights from games one and two of SCC’s series against Modesto.

City College baseball was victorious in the finale of a three-game series April 26 against San Joaquin Delta College by a score of 5-3 to take the series and first-place position in the Big 8 Conference.

“We won a series with a good team,” said Panthers’ baseball head coach Derek Sullivan. “Things can change but we have the hammer on them, the tie-breaker, and we know it was important in that way.”

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By | Staff Writer
April 25

Click on Sports for highlights from Panthers’ game April 18 against Cosumnes River College.

City College defeated Modesto Junior College in game two of a three-game series April 24 for a final score of 9-5.

The Panthers’ second win in the series against rival Pirates came after a three-game sweep by Cosumnes River College. City College entered Thursday’s game just one back of San Joaquin Delta College, Consumnes and Sierra College for first place in the Big 8 conference.

City College jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings. Modesto then scored four runs to take the lead in the top of the sixth. City College regained control at the bottom of the sixth by scoring five runs. Dom Campodonico got the win for City College and credit with the loss for Modesto went to Cameron Lenz.

The win improves City College to 12-8 in conference play. . Find complete Panthers’ baseball statistics at http://sccpanthers.losrios.edu/baseball.htm.

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By | Staff Writer
April 18

City College’s cross-town rival Cosumnes River College swept Panthers’ baseball with a 6-2 loss April 16 to cap off a three-game series.

Things got out of hand early for City College when Cosumnes scored in each of the first two innings. The Hawks then blew things open with a four-run fourth inning.

Panthers’ starting pitcher Gabe Araj had control problems throughout his three innings of work, issuing six walks. Taylor Shores came in from the bullpen after Araj threw a leadoff walk in the bottom of the fourth. Shores would give up three runs in the inning.

The Panthers scored a run in the sixth, and then another in the eighth. The Hawks had a confortable lead though and held it to win.

Cosumnes’ Kyle Von Ruden pitched seven innings and got the win. Von Ruden is 8-2. Araj was credited with the loss for City College and is 5-3.

Find complete Panthers’ baseball statistics at http://sccpanthers.losrios.edu/baseball.htm.

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SCC softball re-positions, suffers defeat
By | Staff Writer
April 11

City College’s softball team was without most of its starters April 10 when the team lost to second-ranked College of San Mateo 11-1.

With ace pitcher Ashten Welch and designated hitter Noelani Kakalia out sick, starting shortstop Mickey Loveridge injured (hip pointer), and center fielder Aaliyah Oliver on disciplinary leave, the Panthers had a new line-up when the team took on the Bulldogs at Thursday’s game.

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