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Homerun of a Season for the Rams

The Fresno City College Rams season has been spectacular. They have a few games left in their 2023-2024 season with 28 wins and 10 losses. The Fresno City Rams are in the race to win the Central Valley Conference Championship this season and are headed into the playoffs.

In his first season as head coach, Mitchell Karraker has been great and hopefully can continue for the next upcoming seasons. Karraker is the head coach on the field but off the field he is also a kinesiology instructor here at FCC.

Looking at the program as a whole the main goal is to improve and keep moving forward.

“Of course we are trying to see how we can improve to win baseball games, but also how we can do better in the classroom and in community outreach,” Karraker said.

Karraker believes that this year they have a really close group that really enjoys playing the game and together as a team.

“Getting to know each guy individually and seeing how they interact with each other is one of my favorite parts of coaching,” Karraker said.

Baseball is not always about how many games you can win, it’s about building those connections within each other that’s what builds a team.

JP Acosta, the shortstop for FCC, said “Karraker is always wanting the best for our guys. It’s what allowed this team to come together and see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Acosta’s favorite thing about Karraker is his willingness to win, seeing his emotions win or lose shows you what type of person and father he is. Karrakers drive towards the game is what drives the players to keep
wanting more.

“I think without a doubt this team has what it takes to make a run all the way. I feel the season went really well. We had our fair share of bumps in the road but we were able to strap it down and come together for our common goal to win state,” Acosta said.

What keeps me going everyday on the field is God, trusting him and understanding his plan has been so impactful not only on the field but off the field as well.

Acostas favorite thing about playing baseball, “I love baseball because it takes me away from the world and allows me to be a kid again and to only worry about the bat and baseball in my hands.”

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Julian Padilla is 23 years old. He comes from a small town from Fowler, he graduated high school in the year 2018. Julian’s major is Journalism, an AA-transfer to a CSU. He wants to pursue this field and would like to focus more on sports because my dream job is to become a sports analyst since he is a big sports fanatic and knows so much about sports. Julian enjoys spending time with his loved ones whenever he has extra time or when he’s not working or doing homework. After this spring semester is over Julian will be graduating with his associates degree in Journalism. One of his favorite hobbies right now is that he likes to go fishing whenever he can, it definitely is a patience game but it is well worth waiting when you do catch fish. Julian also enjoys going to the gym whenever he has time and isn't tired. Julian also has hobbies within photography and making videos. He works well in premiere pro and editing is really fun when it comes to editing pictures or videos. Julian has taken many different courses over the past semesters that involve editing, photography, social media advertising and some journalism classes. He likes watching sports and he hopes to be working within sports or the media when it comes to journalism. He is an individual that likes making connections with other important individuals. After taking both of these journalist courses A & B it has really taught myself to be more talkative or using different approaches when talking to someone.

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