Yavapai Baseball Takes 2 from Arizona Western
The Roughrider baseball team swept a crucial doubleheader Tuesday afternoon in dramatic fashion, 13-3 and 17-15. Once again, the long ball carried the hammerin’ Riders as they launched 9 home runs moving their season total to 90. Their overall record is now 37-15 and more significant, their ACCAC record to 21-13. AWC falls to 30-21 on the year and 19-15 in the conference standings.
A superb effort by Willie Calhoun carried the Roughriders in the opening 13-3 run-rule shortened victory. Calhoun racked up seven RBIs on three hits for the Green and Gold. He doubled in the fifth inning and homered in the fourth and sixth innings.
The Riders beat the Matadors thanks to 12 hits, including seven extra base hits. YC scored six runs in the fifth scoring on an RBI single by Marco Jaime, a two-run double by Calhoun, and a three-run home run by Luke Doyle.
Yavapai hit four home runs in the win. Additional home runs for the Riders came when Doyle homered in the fourth and fifth innings and Calhoun homered in the fourth and sixth innings.
Reza Aleaziz recorded the win for the good guys. He allowed three runs over six innings. Aleaziz struck out eight, walked two and gave up seven hits.
Yavapai never surrendered the lead after the fourth inning, scoring four runs on two three-run blasts.
After pushing across two runs in the top of the fifth, Arizona Western faced just a 4-3 deficit, however, the Matador threat came to an end when Aleaziz forced the opponent to fly out.
YC increased its lead with three runs in the sixth. Tynan Holmstrom started the inning with a double, plating Andrew Hermanson. That was followed up by Calhoun’s two-run home run, scoring Holmstrom.
Calhoun was 3 for 4 with 2 home runs, a double and 7 RBI’s. Doyle was 2 for 3 with 2 HR’s and 4 runs knocked in. Hermanson was 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored. Alexis Olmeda and Jaime were each 2 for 4.
The second game was a great game for Alexis Olmeda, as he hit three home runs to carry Yavapai College Roughriders to the come from behind 17-15 victory.
Olmeda racked up eight RBIs on five hits for the home team. He singled in the first inning, doubled in the fourth inning, and homered in the second, eighth, and ninth innings.
A walk-off three-run blast by Olmeda in the ninth inning with two outs gave Riders the win.
The two teams combined for 32 runs and 32 hits, including 17 extra base hits. There were eight pitchers used in the game as the two managers searched for any way to finish it off.
Jake Kolterman recorded the win for YC. He allowed two runs over 1 1/3 innings. Kolterman struck out three, walked one and gave up three hits.
Home runs for the Roughriders came when Andrew Hermanson homered in the second inning, Luke Doyle homered in the fifth inning, his third of the day, and Alexis Olmeda homered in the second, eighth, and ninth innings.
Arizona Western jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but it didn’t take long for Riders to respond as it scored four runs of its own in the first. YC scored on an RBI single by Olmeda, an RBI single by Alexis Cruz, an RBI single by Brock Hartley, and an RBI single by Hermanson.
Yavapai posted four more runs in the second inning, but AWC responded with two runs in their half of the third and pushed four runs across fifth. YC posted three runs in the bottom of the fifth, however, the Matadors tied the game in the sixth with four more runs.
AWC posted single runs in the seventh and eighth but an Olmeda home run in the bottom of the eighth put the Riders on top going into the ninth. But, Western would not go quietly into the night as they scored two runs in their half of the ninth to regain the lead.
In the decisive bottom half of the ninth; YC began the inning with a strikeout. A pitch hit Marco Jaime and Calhoun was walked. The next batter struck out bringing Olmeda to the plate. A wild pitch moved Jaime to third and Calhoun to second. With the count at 1 ball and 1 strike, Olmeda hit a line drive over the left center field fence for the walk-off victory.
With the sweep and South Mountain splitting a doubleheader with Cochise on Tuesday, YC takes a 1 game lead over South Mountain for the second seed in the ACCAC Division I Playoff hunt with two games to go.
On Saturday, Yavapai controls their own destiny. If they sweep Eastern Arizona College, the second seed belongs in Prescott, however, if they split and South Mountain sweeps, the second seed would belong to the Cougars.
Saturday’s doubleheader will begin at 12:00 PM at Roughrider Park in Prescott.