Baseball: ACCAC Champs!
For the fourth time in five years, Yavapai College baseball has won the ACCAC regular season title. With a doubleheader sweep over Phoenix College Saturday afternoon, YC secures the #1 seed in the NJCAA Region I Division Play-offs. In order to win the crown outright, the Roughriders needed to one game of the twinbill. YC won both games, 9-3 and 11-7.
Sophomore Kirby Yates (7-2) was the hero from the mound and the plate pitching five strong innings and belting a three-run homer. Jake Chilton, Cam Schiller, Dominic Piazza, Ty Forney and Bobby Rinard each collected two hits.
Riley Welch (4-0) got the rare start in the nightcap and pitched a stellar six innings and Pulama Silva finished the game to get his nation leading 15th save. Rinard added three more hits in the second game and Brett Sowers had two base knocks.
Yavapai concludes the regular season with a 45-10 overall record, a #2 national ranking and the #1 seed in the post-season play-offs. YC will entertain Cochise College in the first round in a best of three series April 30th – May 2nd. On the season, the Roughriders were a perfect 3-0 against the Apaches. Thursday and Friday’s games will begin at 2:00 PM. If necessary, Saturday’s contest will start at 12:00 PM. All three games will be played at Roughrider Park in Prescott.