Smeltzer Wins 600th Career Game
Yavapai College baseball coach Sky Smeltzer claimed his 600th career coaching victory Tuesday afternoon after the Roughriders won a doubleheader over South Mountain Community College, 10-5 and 11-5. YC claims the top spot in the ACCAC standings with a 7-1 record. South Mountain falls to 5-3.
Smeltzer, now in his 16th season, is Yavapai’s all-time winningest baseball coach with an overall record of 600-301-4 all in a Roughrider uniform. In his time at YC, Smeltzer has guided the Roughriders to 7 ACCAC titles, 1 NJCAA Region I championship, 1 West District crown and a second-place finish in the 2006 NJCAA Division I World Series.
Roughrider Baseball Coaching History
- Sky Smeltzer – 1996-present – 600-301-4
- Nino Giarratano – 1994-96 – 77-37
- Dave Dangler – 1983-94 – 300-261
- Rod Soesbe – 1977-83 – 187-85
- Gary Ward – 1971-77 – 240-83
Win 599 took extra innings and some late game heroics. With the game tied at 5, YC took the lead in the ninth inning when Krysthian Leal tripled in Jonathan Rodriguez and Kyle Toth who reached base on a double and a hit by pitch respectively. The Roughriders added three more runs to secure the victory.
Matt Smith (4-1) threw the final three innings to get the win. Starting pitcher Blair Goldsack had a strong outing allowing four runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Offensively, Rodriguez was 4 for 6 with a double, triple and two RBI’s. Ryan Wagner was 3 for 4 with a double and two runs batted in.
Smeltzer had an easier time for win 600. Pitcher Peter Lenstrohm (2-0) threw a seven inning complete game scattering nine hits and striking out five.
Sophomore Jordan Negrini had the big bat for the Roughrider nine going 4 for 5 with two doubles, two runs scored and three runs batted in. Timothy Arakawa was 2 for 4 with two runs scored. Aaron Blair and Drew Turbin each two hits and Humberto Aranda was 1 for 2 with three RBI’s.
Yavapai returns to the home diamond on Saturday, March 3rd entertaining Arizona Western College (14-6, 6-2). YC, South Mountain and AWC were tied for first place in the conference before the Tuesday games were played. The Matadors split a doubleheader with Central Arizona College (12-7, 4-4) dropping them into second place. Saturday’s doubleheader will begin at 12:00 PM at Roughrider Park on the campus of Yavapai College in Prescott.