Roughriders Earn 32nd win While Splitting with Mesa
Roughrider baseball split a doubleheader Saturday afternoon with Mesa Community College in a battle between the second place and third place teams. YC came from behind in the opener to win 8-2 and Mesa took the nightcap, 15-7. Yavapai is now 32-10 overall and 16-8 in ACCAC action. Mesa is 32-9 on the year and 20-8 in conference play.
YC used a five-run explosion in the fourth inning to propel them to the 8-2 win. Mesa took the early lead scoring a lone run in the first and third innings, but the YC hit parade began in the fourth. YC scored in the fourth on a two-run double by Brock Hartley, a sacrifice fly by Brody Clifford, an RBI single by Marco Jaime, and an RBI single by Luke Doyle.
Yavapai tacked on a single run in the fifth and two more in the sixth.
Willie Calhoun had two extra-base hits for the Green and Gold. He doubled in the fourth inning and homered in the fifth inning. Marco Jamie was 2 for 3 with an RBI. Hartley was 1 for 3 with 2 RBI’s and 2 runs scored.
Jake Kolterman struck out six, paving the way for a Yavapai College Roughriders win. Kolterman allowed no earned runs on five hits and one walk over seven innings.
In the second game, Alexis Olmeda did his best to lead the Riders by putting himself in scoring position with two extra-base hits for Yavapai. He homered in the second inning, singled in the third inning, and doubled in the seventh inning.
Jesus Garcia took the loss for the Roughriders. He lasted just 2 1/3 innings, walking two, striking out two, and surrendering four runs.
Mesa jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first. After the quick strike, YC responded with three runs in the second scoring on a solo home run by Alexis Olmeda and a two-run home run by Hartley.
YC scored lone one run in the third on an RBI double by Calhoun. MCC added three more runs in their half of the fourth and Yavapai scored one run in the bottom of the fifth to help close its deficit to 7-5. However, Mesa built upon its lead with five runs in the sixth.
The Roughriders scored one run in the bottom of the seventh to cut its deficit to six on a solo home run by Alexis Cruz, but Mesa scored three more runs and Yavapai concluded the scoring with a lone run in the ninth.
Offensively, Calhoun was 3 for 5 with 2 doubles and 2 runs knocked in. Olmeda was 3 for 4 with a home run, a double and 1 RBI. Paschke was 2 for 4 with an RBI and Cruz hit a solo home run. Hartley had a home run and 2 RBI’s.