By Carl Butz

With Tessa off to Disneyland this week, I have an opportunity to highlight baseball, a sport I’ve loved play, watch, or listen to for close to 70 years. Fortunately, there’s some excellent local news to cover: Feather River College’s Golden Eagles baseball team took both games played against Butte College last Friday (W, 8-0) and Saturday (W, 8-2) in Quincy and the team clinched the 12th Golden Valley Conference (GVC) baseball championship in Coach Terry Baumgartner’s 14-the year tenure at the school.

In Saturday’s game, lead-off hitter and second baseman, Garret Damico, and second in the batting order, right fielder Cooper Kitrel led the offense. Each collected three hits in five at bats, and Damico scored three runs while Kitrel scored one and drove in four. As for pitching, the starter, Dylan Cabral, gave up only four hits over his five innings on the mound and didn’t allow any Butte College Roadrunners to cross home plate. Cabral’s relievers, Dakota Todd and Jake Christianson, followed suit over the final four innings of the game to complete the shutout.

On Sunday, FRC’s starting pitcher, Bridger Holmes struck out four, walked one, allowed five hits and one run over his six inning stint. Seven relievers closed out the game, conceding only three hits and one while recording nine outs. For Sunday’s offense, the team’s shortstop, Cooper Thacker led the team, hitting two triples while getting four hits in five at bats, driving in three, and scoring once. Jerry Thomas, hitting third, with two doubles and two runs, and Ryan Blanchard, hitting clean-up, scored twice after slugging both a double and a triple.

Having won the GVC championship, Baumgartner and his assistant coaches are now looking forward to guiding their team through the California statewide playoffs. On May 6 and 7 the first round of the Northern California Regional playoff will be hosted by FRC. According to Baumgartner, his players are, “Doing a real good job of playing together with great team chemistry.” is looking forward to competing over the following two weekends in search of a winning the state championship on May 21.

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