Baseball Earns Tough Road Split
The Roughrider baseball team split an ACCAC doubleheader Tuesday afternoon in Phoenix with Phoenix College. YC dropped the first game, 4-2 and bounced back in the nightcap to win, 7-4 in extra innings. Yavapai is now 22-8 overall and 8-6 in the conference standings. PC is 19-12 on the year and 12-8 in league play.
In the opener, Degan Harte ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted just 5 1/3 innings, walked two, struck out seven, and allowed four runs.
Phoenix drew first blood scoring one run in the first and added three more run in the second inning.
YC cut the deficit in half in the fifth inning on a two-run single by Luke Doyle, but that was all the Roughriders could manage.
Brock Hartley was a perfect 2 for 2 at the plate to pace Yavapai College Roughriders. He doubled in the second inning and singled in the fifth inning. Doyle was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI’s.
YC outlasted Phoenix after four lead changes in the second game.
In the top of the first, the Green and Gold grabbed the early lead, 2-0. A solo home run by Doyle started the inning off and then added more runs when Willie Calhoun scored on a groundout by Alexis Olmeda.
The Roughrider added one run in the third inning. PC crawled back into the game with lone runs in the fourth and the fifth and took the lead with two runs in the sixth inning. YC tied the game in the eighth inning. Neither team scored in the ningth inning forcing the extra frame.
In the top of the tenth, Cooper Goldby started the inning off with a single. Marco Jamie followed with another single moving John King, running for Goldy, to second. Doyle bunted for single loading the bases. Calhoun hit a sacrifice fly scoring King.
YC added two more runs in the inning and closer Nicko Ortega shut the door in the ninth for the victory.
The Rider nine were led by Doyle’s hitting. Doyle went 3 for5, driving in one and scoring three runs. He homered in the first inning and singled in the eighth and tenth innings.
Alexis Olmeda was 3 for 5 with a double and a triple and three RBI’s.
Yavapai returns to the home diamond on Friday, March 20th entertaining Langley Blaze, Canada. The doubleheader will start at 12:00