Baseball Back Into First Place
The Roughrider baseball team moved into sole possession of first place Tuesday afternoon with a combined sweep of South Mountain Community College and a doubleheader split between Central Arizona College and Arizona Western College. Yavapai used a barrage of runs and hits to put the Cougars to sleep 17-1 and 11-8. Yavapai now stands at 33-15 overall and 24-8 in the ACCAC.
In the fourth inning of the first game with the scored knotted at 1, YC erupted for 15 runs on eight hits, the most runs scored in an inning this season for the Roughriders. YC added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth.
The hitting clinic was led by Krysthian Leal who was 4 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Jonathan Rodriguez was 3 for 4 with four runs knocked in. Tyler Urps was 2 for 3 with three runs batted in. Jordan Negrini, Kyle Young and Josh Tate each had two hits.
Blair Goldsack (4-1) pitched a solid five innings for the victory scattering four hits and striking out two Cougar batters.
The hit parade continued early in the second game as Yavapai jumped out to an 8-2 lead after four innings of play. YC added to the lead with three runs in the sixth inning. South Mountain attempted a comeback with a single run in the seventh inning, two runs in the eighth frame and three tallies in the ninth. Yavapai finished with 16 hits.
Leal was a perfect 4 for 4 with a home run and four runs batted in. Ryan Wagner was 3 for 4 and Rodriguez was 2 for 4 hitting his fourth home run of the year.
Peter Lenstrohm (6-0) threw seven innings giving up five runs on seven hits to get the victory.
The Roughriders take a break from conference play in their next contest hosting Arizona Christian College on Thursday, April 19th. Yavapai will resume ACCAC action on Saturday, April 21st at GateWay Community College. Both doubleheaders will begin at 12:00 PM.