Roughriders Maul The Bruins 12-8
The Roughrider baseball team beat Salt Lake Community College Thursday afternoon in blustery conditions for the fifth time this season, but more significantly the Green and Gold beat the Bruins to advance to the next round of the 4-team Western District Tournament. YC won 12-8.
Both teams combined for 20 runs and totaled 25 hits, including 11 extra base hits in the game. The game was back-and-forth heading into the sixth, with six lead changes.
The Riders finally managed to grab the lead after a strong sixth inning as they scored on a two-run triple by Alexis Olmeda that scored Luke Doyle and Willie Calhoun.
Marco Jaime had a busy day at the plate, collecting three extra-base hits. He doubled in the second, fourth, and sixth innings and singled in the seventh inning.
Reza Aleaziz recorded the win for Yavapai College even though he allowed six runs over eight innings. He struck out six, walked three and surrendered seven hits.
Salt Lake CC jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first but the comeback kids quickly matched Salt Lake’s strong inning with a three-run inning of its own in the first scoring on an RBI double by Doyle and a two-run home run by Brock Hartley.
Yavapai brought home one run in the second inning, and matched that run total in the eighth. In the second, the Roughriders scored on an RBI double by Jaime, scoring Brody Clifford.
Salt Lake CC scored one run in the sixth inning, and then followed it up with one more in the seventh.
The sixth spelled defeat for the opponents, as Yavapai grabbed the lead for good. More runners rounded the bases on two doubles and an RBI single by Doyle.
Two runs in the top of the ninth helped Salt Lake CC close its deficit to 12-8. Reliever Michael Laudick got two quick outs in the ninth and after the two runs was able to get a fly out with the bases loaded to end the threat and the game.
In the winner’s bracket of the tournament, YC will face the host team, College of Southern Nevada, winners over Trinidad State JC Friday night, 15-7 in seven innings. The first pitch will be thrown at 3:00 PM and can be viewed online at: http://www.njcaatv.com/csncoyotes/
Prior to Yavapai’s game, Salt Lake will face Trinidad State in an elimination game with the winner playing at 7:00 PM on Friday against the loser of the Yavapai/Southern Nevada matchup.