Roughriders Magic Number To 1
YC can sew up the league title on Tuesday
The #14 ranked Roughrider baseball team swept a doubleheader from the visiting Eastern Arizona College Gila Monsters yesterday, 3-2 and 10-3 to reduce the magic number to 1 game in the conference title race. After a Cochise College split yesterday in Yuma against Arizona Western College, YC needs to win only one of the remaining four games this next week to secure the top spot and more importantly the home field advantage throughout the NJCAA Region I DI play-offs.
Kirby Yates (6-4) pitched a complete game gem in the first game allowing only 6 hits while striking out 8 EAC batters. Dan Duffy (2/3) and Zac Castleberry (1/3, 2 RBI’s) provided the limited offense for the Riders. In the nightcap, Merrill Kelly (4-0) got the win giving up only 2 hits with 4 strike outs. Louie Templeton (2/3, 4 RBI’s, 3 runs) and Kole Calhoun (3/4, 3 RBI, 3 runs) hit the long ball and Bobby Rinard and Erik Knutson collected 2 hits a piece. Calhoun leads the ACCAC in home runs with 14 and is ninth in the NJCAA.
Yavapai looks to seal up the top spot on Tuesday, April 22nd in a doubleheader against Chandler/Gilbert Community College. In their prior meeting, both teams split a doubleheader with YC winning the first game 8-0 and dropping the second game 13-12. The games will start at 12:00 PM at Roughrider Park in Prescott.