The improbable journey continues for Sierra College baseball.
Josh Eagle didn't allow a hit until there were two outs in the fourth inning, and Kaden Kamoe had a two-run home run as the Wolverines of Rocklin beat nationally ranked No. 1 Orange Coast 4-0 in a California Community College Athletic Association State Championship opener in Bakersfield on Friday afternoon.
Eagle (11-2) struck out seven, walked three and allowed six hits in moving to 3-0 this postseason while handing Orange Coast (36-6-1) its first shutout in 95 games, dating back to 2010. Sierra (26-15-1) is 6-0 in this postseason and seeks its second state championship since 2008 under coach Rob Willson. The Wolverines finished fourth in the Big 8 Conference, with Cosumnes River winning it. CRC plays Rio Hondo tonight at 6 p.m.
Orange Coast, state champions in 2009, move into the loser's bracket phase of the event.
For Sierra, Jared Snow had two hits and Eddie Mora-Loerra drove in a run. Eagle struck out Pirates cleanup hitter Stefan Sabol two times as he left three runners on base. Eagle walked three. The inspirational sophomore from Antioch was born with a left-foot abnormality that required five major surgeries before his 10th birthday. Doctors once suggested to his parents that they amputate. Baseball, Eagle said in a recent Bee interview, "made me feel normal, like one of the guys."
Eagle walks with a slight limp and his left foot points toward third base when he's in the wind up. Eagle is know as "The Bulldog" by his teammates and coaches. Willson says of his humble star, "he's just amazing."
- By Joe Davidson