Riders Sweep Matadors; Dawson Honored
The Roughrider baseball team swept their second consecutive doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Roughrider Park over the visiting Matadors from Arizona Western College, 7-1 and 7-1. Yavapai improves their conference record to 5-7 and their overall mark to 11-10. Arizona Western falls to 14-10 overall and 4-8 in ACCAC play.
In the opener, starting pitcher Stephen Carabajal scattered 5 hits and struck out 6 batters in the complete game victory.
Offensively, YC scored 6 runs in the second inning highlighted by a three-run home run by Alexis Cruz. Cruz had two hits in the game. Brody Clifford, Austin Orth and Andy Verke each had two hits. Orth and Verke each had two runs batted in.
In the nightcap, Yavapai had a big 7th inning scoring 4 runs to pull away from the Matadors late and Nick Sagendorf threw a strong 6 innings for the victory. Will Waterman and Will Jones combined for three scoreless innings to preserve the win.
Clifford was 3 for 4 with two doubles. Orth was 1 for 4 with two RBI’s with a key double in the pivotal seventh inning.
YC travels to Tucson on Saturday to play the Aztecs from Pima Community College. The conference doubleheader will begin at 12:00 PM.
Rough Notes: The Phoenix Regional Sports Commission has named the 2014 inductees into the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame. Among the four members of this year’s class includes Yavapai College assistant coach Jerry Dawson.
Dawson spent 37 years as the head baseball coach of baseball powerhouse Chaparral High School in Scottsdale. He owns the record for most wins in the state of Arizona with 744 and his teams won eight state championships. During his tenure, Dawson was named the National Coach of the Year five times and has been inducted into the Arizona Coaches Association, the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association and the National High School Baseball Coach Association Halls of Fame.
Dawson has been the Roughriders pitching coach for four years.