Baseball Splits With Matadors
The Roughrider baseball team split a conference doubleheader with the Arizona Western College Matadors Friday afternoon in Glendale, 2-0 and 4-3 (12 innings). The games were originally scheduled to be played in Prescott but were moved to Glendale due to impending weather conditions. YC is now 28-16 overall and 16-10 in ACCAC action and the Matadors are 20-22 on the season and 12-14 in the conference standings.
The opening game was a classic pitchers duel. Yavapai’s Tony Vocca (7-3) threw a gem pitching 6.2 innings, surrendering two runs on eight hits and striking out four. Western’s Tyler Huffer (4-2) blanked the Roughriders on three hits for the 2-0 victory and Yavapai’s fifth consecutive loss.
Ashton McCoy, Jonathan Rodriguez and Nolan Clark got the only hits of the game for the home team.
In the nightcap, Yavapai snapped the losing streak when Albert Alvarez scored on a Jordan Negrini single in the bottom of the 12th inning for the 4-3 win. Miguel Silva (2-1) pitched the final three innings to get his second victory of the year.
The Roughriders began the scoring with three runs in their half of the third, their only runs until the 12th inning. Arizona Western scored a single run in the fourth inning and tied the game in the top of the seventh.
In the 12th, after McCoy began the inning flying out, Alvarez lined sharply to center. Rodriguez was intentionally walked to get to Negrini who quickly hit a ground ball between third and short for the walk-off single.
Alvarez was 2 for 5 with two runs scored and Negrini was 1 for 3 with an RBI.
Yavapai returns to the diamond on Tuesday, April 12th playing host to South Mountain Community College (31-13, 18-8). Earlier in the season both team split a doubleheader in Phoenix with YC winning the first game 5-1 and the Cougars winning the late game 8-1. Tuesday’s twinbill will start at 12:00 PM at Roughrider Park in Prescott.