Baseball Splits with Conference Leader Cochise
The #13 Yavapai College baseball team split a conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Roughrider Park against #12 Cochise College. YC won a thriller in the opener, 2-1 and fell in the nightcap, 16-12. YC is now 19-13 in the ACCAC standings and are tied with South Mountain Community College and Arizona Western College for one of three remaining playoff spots. With the victory today, Cochise earns the top seed in the Division I playoffs.
In the opener, the Green and Gold didn’t provide starter Jake Kolterman with much support in the runs department, but he didn’t need much. Kolterman pitched seven strong innings to carry YC to the 2-1 win.
Brock Hartley helped Rider offense take the lead for good in the seventh inning. With the score tied at one, Brock Hartley came to the plate and singled, scoring Willie Calhoun.
In the bottom of the first, Yavapai grabbed the early lead, 1-0. A solo blast by Calhoun started the inning off.
Cochise College scored its only run of the game on a solo home run in the fifth inning.
Calhoun was 2 for 3 with an RBI and 2 runs scored. Hartley was 1 for 3 with run knocked in.
Despite Hartley’s effort at the plate in the second game, Yavapai fell 16-12 to the visitors.
Hartley rocked Cochise with two home runs. The Pinnacle high school product went 3 for 5 in the game with four RBIs and two runs scored. Hartley homered in the first and seventh innings.
Degan Harte ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted just two innings, walked two, struck out one, and allowed three runs.
The bottom of the first saw the Roughriders take an early lead, 5-0. YC caught fire after Luke Doyle singled. Then Alexis Cruz homered, bringing home Doyle. More runs came home for the home team when Alexis Olmeda and Calhoun scored on a three-run home run by Hartley.
Yavapai College got two-run rallies in the second inning and the ninth. In the second, Yavapai College Roughriders scored on a two-run home run by Alexis Cruz, scoring Doyle.
After posting one run in the sixth, the Riders again scored one in the seventh. In the sixth, Yavapai scored on an RBI single by Willie Calhoun, plating Doyle.
Two runs in the bottom of the ninth helped the Roughriders close its deficit to 16-12. An RBI double by Olmeda and an RBI single by Andrew Hermanson fueled the Roughriders comeback.
Luke Doyle and Hartley were 3 for 5. Cruz, Calhoun and Omeda each had two hits.
The final week of the season begins on Tuesday, April 21st when YC hosts Arizona Western College, a doubleheader that has seeding implications on the line. The games will begin at 12:00 PM at Roughrider Park in Prescott.