Home Sweep For Baseball
The 19th ranked Roughrider baseball team impressively swept a home doubleheader from Division II #5 ranked Paradise Valley Community College, 9-3 and 13-5 to run their record to 27-11 overall and 15-5 and atop the ACCAC standings. Paradise Valley falls to 24-12 overall and 12-8 in the conference standings.
In the opener, YC scored a run in the first and second innings to take a 2-0 lead. However, the Pumas scored a single run in the fourth inning and two in the fifth inning to take a 3-2 lead. The Roughrider bats came alive in the sixth inning as they pushed across six runs to take a demanding lead and squelch any opponent hopes of an upset.
Andrew Walter threw six innings to improve his record to 4-3. The lanky right-hander scattered four hits and struck out nine hitters.
Offensively, Dean Friedberg was a perfect 3 for 3 with a triple, a double, an RBI and two runs scored. Nolan Clark was 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored and Albert Alvarez was 1 for 1 with two runs knocked in.
In the nightcap, Yavapai fell behind in the first inning after a Paradise Valley two-run home run. Starting pitcher Zak Miller (5-0) settled down to stop the Puma momentum while the Roughrider bats came around. Come around they did. In the third inning, YC pounded out six hits and scored five runs and added two more in the fourth inning to take a commanding 7-2 lead. In their half of the fifth, the opponent added two more runs to cut the deficit to three runs. In the seventh and eighth innings, the Roughriders pushed three runs across in each inning to tame the Pumas.
Miller got the victory with help from Robbie Ingram (3.2 innings, 2 hits, 2 strikeouts) and Miguel Silva (1 run and 1 hit). Clark (4 for 4, 4 RBI’s) and Alvarez (3 for 3) were perfect from the plate. Ethan Leiter was 3 for 4 with four runs batted in and Tony Piazza was 2 for 5 with four RBI’s.
YC plays next at Cochise College (19-17, 9-11) on Saturday, April 2nd before returning to the friendly confines on Tuesday, April 5th hosting #12 Central Arizona College (28-10, 14-6).