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City College softball sweeps playoffs

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.

Panthers' first baseman Robby Link considers the incoming pitch he would ultimately choose to let pass while Santa Rosa Junior College's baseball team outplayed City College at The Yard, March 22, 2014, for a final score of 4-3. Photo by Teri Barth | Online Editor in Chief |

Baseball is in his blood

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.”

Sacramento City College sports facilities -- Photo by Robert McClintock (c) 2010 by Robert McClintock --

Pitching staff leads Panthers

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.

Jerrod Bravo steals second base in the fifth inning against American River College at Union Stadium Mar. 13. City College won 7-3. Photo by Dianne Rose | Staff Photographer |

Baseball sees success, disapointment

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.

Morgan Green, City College sophomore infielder, at bat during playoff game May 4 against Reedley College at The Yard. City College won in the bottom of the fifth inning 11-0 to continue in the playoffs. Photo by Dianne Rose | Staff Photographer |

Panthers advance to Super Regionals

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

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.”