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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 3C Greg Knight Sports Writer sports@plumasnews.com Terry Baumgartner FRC Head Baseball Coach tbaumgartner@frc,edu The number nine and baseball enjoy a connection that no other sport can match. To begin with, there are nine innings in a game and nine players on the fielfl -- and for some teams that go down by one in the bottom of the ninth, with the pair of winning runs on base, there may be nine lives and the chance for a win. For the 2015 Feather River College baseball team, the number nine is significant for one other reason -- the Golden Eagles will be chasing the school's ninth consecutive Golden Valley Conference championship this spring. The last time another team in the GVC took home the conference title was in 2006. Since 2007, Feather River has owned the league and the first-place trophy that goes with it. "The No. 1 goal for our team is to repeat as champions for the ninth straight year," said head coach Terry Baumgartner, who was an assistant coach when the streak began and became the program's leader in 2008. "We take pride in defending that position." On paper, Baumgartner has plenty of weapons to bring home yet another crown. The Golden Eagles, who went 20-5 in the conference last season, went 29-10 overall and won the race by four games, will return three first team all-conference position players, along with one of the top pitchers in the league. Eli Putnam, Michael Sanderson, Nathan Reynolds and Skylar Haynes each earned all-conference accolades during their first season in green and gold. Additionally, Kila Zuttermeister returns in the infield, giving Baumgartner his top four hitters back from the 2014 squad. Sanderson hit .337 last year with 11 doubles and 24 RBIs. In conference games only, he led the GVC with a .386 average. "Michael has been our best hitter this fall, and is showing the ability to be a complete hitter by hitting the ball the other way with some pop," Baumgartner said. "He will more than likely be our No. 3 hitter and hopefully produce a lot of RBIs. Coming off a good freshman season he will be a guy that teams look to shut down this spring." Putnam led the squad with a .349 average and also paced the league in stolen bases with 31. "Eli was our lead-off hitter last year and we may See Baseball, page 4C SPORTS DESK, from page lC him what he thought about the radio show "Car Talk," a mainstay of NPR stations across the natiofi. Disclaimer: If you love "Car Talk," and you decide to continue reading, don't blame the writer... I love Click and Clack. "'Car Talk'? They usually don't have a clue what they are talking about and they give the most simplistic explanations about things," LaMattina said. "If you want advice, I wouldn't start with them." After we got to Quincy, LaMattina's brother, Kaley, called. He had an emergency. No headlights. "We got this," LaMattina said, pulling his car into the NAPA store parking lot: There, he bought a relay, wire and male/female connectors. I spent the next hour watching him create what looked like the most complex positive-ground circuit ever devised and observed him feed the wiring into the back of the dash, where two ends could be hotwired to turn on the lights since we could not find a proper switch to use. I guess that's the way do it. Indian Valley kids .... After he finished the lights came on, I was intrigued about how he does what he does and what spurred him to become a grease monkey. "My dad brought home a Stihl 0-44 chainsaw which, at the time, was about the baddest chainsaw ever," he said. "After he brought it home he was teaching me how to make it go faster for timber. I was 3 years old then and have been working on engines ever since." According to LaMattina, the impetus to learn about motors in his family was born primarily because of financial concerns when it came to fixing equipment his dad, also named Jeff, used in the logging industry. "As kids, we learned this by necessity," he added. "We didn't want to pay other people to fix our equipment." After chainsaws came bigger engines, in cars, trucks and motorcycles. When I asked him what he thinks is the easiest automotive engine torepair, he was unhesitating in his response. "The Toyota 20-R, hands down," LaMattina said. "This one was for the first series of engines Toyota came out with when they started building cars. It's a solid engine that is easy to service. It's the engine that made Toyota famous. It's reliable and easy to work on. It won't quit running on yOU." Another Toyota engine is on LaMattina's shortlist of the toughest to fix inthe world, however. "The 3-liter Toyota engine that was used in 4Runners and their pickups from 1989 to 1996," he added. "Everything about that engine is difficult. You have to be a 3-year-old Chinese contortionist to work on them." Jeff LaMattina, a mechanic and award:winning Motocross racer, makes an impromptu fix on his brother's 1979 pickup last week near Greenhorn Ranch. Photo by Greg Knight Aside from being the mechanic many small-engine users go to in Plumas County, LaMattina was one of the top motorcycle racers to come out of the region. He has placed in many meets over the past few years, including top performances at Honey Lake in 2008 and Marysville last May riding a Suzuki big-bore dirtbike. "I love doing what I do and it really helps to be able to fix your own bike when it breaks ... or to help others when their bikes break down," he added with a laugh. I know when my Chevy truck breaks down to trust in Jeff-- the man knows his motors and his motorsports. BASKETBALL, from page lC Weed 57, Quincy 50 The next night Quincy faced off with the Weed Cougars in what would be a showdown to the finish -- and saw a game in which, despite only trailing by a single point at halftime, the Trojans were unable to come together in the final period and were outscored 17-12 in the waning minutes. Brady Rick led again in scoring with 17 points, which included a trey and a six-for-six showing from the line. Davis was also in double digits with 12 points and Grammer was king once again from beyond the arc, going two for seven. Quincy 67, Fr. Christian 22 The road to redemption for the Trojans came on New Year's Eve as the squad from Quincy faced off in Game 3 of the tournament against Fremont Christian -- and rang in 2015 with a decisive 67-22 win over the Warriors. "We played a much better game tonight and vcere firing on all cylinders," Woodlee said after the win. "Our defense stifled everything they had. We fell short of our goal but we played extremely well in two games. We just couldn't find our rhythm against Weed." Brady Rick and Davis were both named all-tournament as Quincy went 2-1 in competition. The win gives Quincy an 8-6 overall record heading into the team's first home game of the year, against University Prep High School. Results and stats for that game were not available by press time. The Trojans will travel to Chester this Friday to face the Volcanoes. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. when the squads host Providence Christian starting at 5:30 p.m. Greenville Indians The Greenville Indians Portola Tigers varsity boys' team withdrew Results for the Jan. 6 game from the Liberty Christian between Portola and Chester Tournament. Both the boys' were not available by press and girls' team will return to time. The Tigers will play action Tuesday, Jan. 13, Jan. 10 at Loyalton. 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