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RCHS Raiders take to the big ballpark
FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 9, 2014 —
By Austin Miller
River City High School Journalism Class
“It felt amazing. The atmosphere was unbelievable.” said team captain, senior shortstop Alex Dodd. He and his River City High School baseball team had just finished playing a game under the lights of Raley Field, home of the Sacramento River Cats.
Last Thursday, River City played a night game against West Campus High School at Raley Field. Fundraising by both teams gave them the opportunity to play a night game on the professional field, and the experience the field brought to the players was unlike any other.
“So many people cheering you on,” continued Alex, “It gave me chills knowing that all of those people were there to watch River City.”
Kevin Burkes, senior outfielder, also added that “seeing our fans and community all there to show their Raider pride was my favorite part of the game, and also being able to experience the feeling of playing on a big league field.”
The feeling of playing on a professional field, with a crowd of people cheering you on, is unreal. It makes the game that much more exciting and that much more intense. Thursday’s game gave our team a glimpse of the pro-ball atmosphere, and in that one-of-a-kind atmosphere, River City came to play.
For the entirety of the game, the River City pitching staff was in control, allowing their defense to make the routine plays as well as creating some strike-outs of their own. All three pitchers put together a shutout for the team.
Ruben “Chito” Salas started 4 innings for River City. Jake Pridmore made a relief appearance pitching a 3 and two-thirds innings. Lorenzo Pineda closed the game, getting a final out.
With RBI’s from Austin Miller, Eric Beall, and Isac Tacdol, River City came out on top, 3-0. Isac himself also had 3 stolen bases that game, but noted that his favorite part of the game was “winning to get our seniors a ‘hoorah’ in a big game like this one for their last year.” Smart offensive play along with timely hitting allowed River City to earn that win for its seniors.
A special moment for the seniors, however, occurred during the 7th inning. After getting the second out of the inning, Jake Pridmore was met on the mound by the rest of the senior players on the team. As Lorenzo came in from the bullpen to close the game, the seniors walked off the field together to a standing ovation from the crowd.
“It was pretty emotional knowing that all of us seniors will be gone after this year. This is it! It hit me when we went to go take Pridmore off the mound, who pitched a great game by the way,” said Alex.
The game itself was special to the coaching staff as well. Head Coach Alec Smith explained that “It felt amazing [bringing the players to Raley Field]. I am so happy our young men got the chance to experience playing on one of the best fields in all of the state of California, under the lights, with music and a great atmosphere.”
Coach Alec also noted that he hopes the team takes away “the fun part of it [the game].” I want my young men to learn to compete and have fun while executing at a high level.” What this game proves is that River City Baseball can do just that. If the team can continue to play the kind of ball it did tonight, then there are high hopes for the rest of the season.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Raley Field — home of the River Cats minor league baseball team — opens its field up to play for regional high school teams as part of an annual program.
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NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — OCT. 19, 2012 —
The River City High School Raiders last Friday continued their creep back into the win column after a slow start under a new coach and new system.
The varsity football team beat Liberty Ranch 20-17 in a home game for RCHS, bringing their record to 3-1 in league play and 3-5 overall.
The junior varsity Raiders are still looking for a way into the win column, with an 0-6 record overall.
The football squad has tonight off, and will take on Galt in West Sacramento on Oct. 26.
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RCHS soccer pursues playoffs
By Jorden Wusstig
RCHS Journalism Program & RCHS Soccer Player
The River City varsity boys soccer team is currently in the middle of their league play. They have finished their first half of the season with a 4-0-2 record. The losses came from Consumes Oaks and Vista Del Lago.
Their goal this year is to make it to the playoffs. Coaches Kamal Singh and Jessie Melgoza constantly tell the athletes that however much effort they put into the season is how much they will get out of it. The top three teams in the division will make it into the playoffs.
On Oct. 2, River City took on Liberty Ranch. This wasn’t just any game, it was a “must win” to stay in the playoff hunt. Although Liberty hasn’t won a game yet this season they put up a fight against the River City varsity, scoring a goal in the first half at the 19-minute mark.
[adrotate group=”7″] That goal woke up the RCHS boys, and it was nonstop attacking and pushing forward on the Liberty Ranch goal. The half ended with River City down 1-0.
Coaches Kamal and Jessie were furious with their team’s play in the first half. The coaches believed there was no good reason to be trailing to this opponent. The coaches tried a new tactic and pushed up one midfielder to the forward position which turned the formation into a 4-3-3.
In the 21st minute, Jesus Melgoza gained a foul at the edge of the box. Grabielle Munez slammed it into the net while the wall was still being prepared. The game was now 1-1.
Not too long after, Manuel Moreno took on three players in the box and hit a sneaker in between the defender and the goalie for a score, making putting RCHS up 2-1. After that goal, the coaches put back the extra forward to play defense to more safely preserve the lead. The game ended with that 2-1 lead.
On Thursday, RCHS made their record 5-0-2 against a solid El Dorado squad at home.
In the 25th minute, Tim Virgen with the assist to Manuel Moreno put the ball in the back of the net giving River City a 1-0 lead at halftime.
The coaches at halftime told the athletes that 1-0 is not enough of a lead.
Then, in the 28th minute, a corner kick taken by Jorden Wusstig put the ball in the middle of the box and Adrian Castillo gave it a great finish to give RC that cushion.
RC ended won the game 2-0, which made them another game closer to their playoff goal.
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CB nips Raiders in football opener
FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 29, 2012 —
Christian Brothers nipped River City High School’s varsity football team 23-20 in the Raider season opener on the home field on Friday.
[adrotate group=”9″] The River City junior varsity team lost its match, 27-12.
This Friday, the Raiders host Yuba City at home. Varsity game time is 7:30 p.m.
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