Roughriders Split with Cougars
The Roughrider baseball team split a critical doubleheader with the Cougars of South Mountain Community College at Roughrider Park Saturday afternoon. YC dropped the first game in extra innings 5-4 and bounced back in the nightcap, 4-2. Both teams have identical 17-11 conference records placing them tied for the 4th and final playoff spot.
In the opener, YC lost the hotly contested game in eight innings despite an epic effort by Brock Hartley. Hartley rocked the Cougar pitching with two home runs. The Phoenix native was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored homering in the fourth and sixth innings.
Jake Kolterman took the loss for the Roughriders. He threw all eight innings, walked three, struck out two, and allowed five runs.
Willie Calhoun was 2 for 3 with a home run, his first of two on the day. Marco Jaime was 2 for 3 with a double and a triple and one run scored. Alexis Olmeda was 2 for 4.
In the second game, the long ball was the difference for the Rider win. In the first inning with Yavapai down 1-0, Calhoun hit his second homer of the day to right field to tie the game. South Mountain took the lead in the third and the Roughriders again tied the game when Andrew Hermanson left the yard.
YC took the lead for good in the sixth inning when John King singled and moved to second on a Ryan Oberg sacrifice. Luke Doyle promptly followed with single scoring King for the go ahead run.
Yavapai added an insurance run in the sixth on an Olmeda homer that hit off of the scoreboard in left field.
Nicko Ortega shut the door in the seventh inning for his 8th save of the year. Reza Aleaziz pitched two innings for his fourth victory of the year.
Offensively, Doyle was 2 for 3. Calhoun, Hermanson and Olmeda were all 1 for 3.
Yavapai continues ACCAC Division I play with a doubleheader on Tuesday at Central Arizona College. Yavapai swept a doubleheader over the Vaqueros in February, 13-12 and 16-6. Tuesday’s games will start at 12:00 PM.