Baseball Returns from Central Arizona 1-1
The Roughrider baseball team split a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon in Casa Grande against fellow ACCAC Division I foe Central Arizona College. CAC won the opener 10-7 and YC took the second game, 9-4.
Willie Calhoun did all he could to give the Roughriders a boost. Calhoun racked up two RBIs on one hit. He homered in the sixth inning, his first of two on the day.
Degan Harte ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted just 3 2/3 innings, walked two, struck out one, and allowed five runs.
In the top of the first, Yavapai grabbed the early lead, 1-0 and then the Green and Gold posted two runs in each of the fourth, sixth and seventh.
Central Arizona College never trailed after scoring five runs in the fourth. They then piled on three more runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Yavapai had a late surge putting up two runs in the sixth.
YC pushed two more runs across the plate in the top half of the seventh, making the score 10-7. A two-run home run by Alexis Cruz triggered the Riders comeback. However, that was as close as the team would get.
Crux was 1 for 2 with a home run, 2 RBI’s and 2 runs. Calhoun was 1 for 3 with a dinger, 2 runs batted in and 2 runs scored. Andrew Hermanson was 1 for 3 with an HR and 2 RBI’s and Ryan Oberg was a perfect 1 for 1.
In the second game, Alexis Olmeda had two extra base hits to aid in the 9-4 victory. He tripled in the fourth inning, doubled in the fifth inning, and singled in the second and ninth innings.
Reza Aleaziz recorded the win for the Roughriders. He allowed two runs over six innings. He struck out four, walked two and surrendered six hits.
Yavapai’s Willie Calhoun, Luke Doyle, Brock Hartley and Alexis Olmeda combined for 11 hits and three RBIs.
The game’s last lead went to the Riders thanks to a fourth inning rally that saw three runs cross the plate on a solo home run by Calhoun, a sacrifice fly by Brody Clifford, and an RBI single by Hermanson.
YC got two-run boosts in each of the fifth, eighth and ninth. In the fifth, the Riders scored on an RBI double by Olmeda, scoring John King.
A two-run seventh inning helped bring Central Arizona College within one. But, Jake Kolterman the final out to end the inning.
Yavapai built upon its lead with two runs in the ninth. Brock Hartley’s triple got things going, plating Akoni Arriaga. That was followed up by Clifford’s single, scoring Brock Hartley.
Luke Doyle was 4 for 5. Olmeda went 4 for 5 with a double and a triple. Hartley was 2 for 5 with a triple and 2 runs knocked in. Calhoun was 1 for 5 knocking his 23rd HR of the year. Clifford was 1 for 3 with 2 runs batted in.
Yavapai continues this playoff chase with a doubleheader on Saturday against league leader, Cochise College. Both teams split a doubleheader in February in Douglas. YC lost the first game 10-0 and took the second game 11-7. Saturday’s twinbill will begin at 12:00 PM and will be played at Roughrider Park on the campus of Yavapai College in Prescott.