Game Day Preview
Records: YAVAPAI (45-17 overall) fell to Chattahoochee Valley in their first game of the tournament, 9-8; IOWA WESTERN (52-6) represents the Nothern District. Beat USC Sumter in their first game, 8-0 and fell to Northwest Florida State on Monday, 10-0.
All-Time: Yavapai is 7-5 all-time against the Reivers.
Last Meeting: YC swept a doubleheader against Iowa Western on March 16, 2010, 4-2 and 10-5.
The setting: Yavapai has a 30-10 overall record at Grand Junction, three titles, two runners-up and two third place finishes…Iowa Western won NJCAA titles in 2010 and 2012.
Players to watch: YAVAPAI — Offensively, Willie Calhoun is swinging a big stick, hitting .464. Calhoun’s slugging percentage is 1.024, adding 31 homeruns and 84 RBI. Alexis Olmeda adds 59 RBI and is hitting .451.
From the hill, Jake Kolterman has thrown the most inning of the staff at 92.1, going 10-3 and carrying a 4.68 ERA. Kolterman has thrown 56 strikeouts on the season. Reza Aleaziz (8-2) leads the team in strikeouts with 63.
IOWA WESTERN – Iowa Western is lead by Alex Krupa, last year’s tournament MVP. Krupa is hitting .448 with 17 doubles and 21 stolen bases. Ryan Merrill (.410) is the RBI leader with 59. He also has 14 doubles and 6 home runs. Dom Thompson-Williams is also a hot bat, hitting .416 with 48 RBI.
From the hill, the Reiver staff has one double, no triples, and 14 home runs on the season. Mitch McIntyre has a 2.08 ERA and is 9-1. He has a team leading 76 strikeouts and hasn’t given up a double or triple this season. Devon Perez (8-0) has a 2.75 ERA with 62 strikeouts.
Coaches: YAVAPAI — Ryan Cougill (3rd season); IOWA WESTERN – Marc Rardin (13th season).
Fun Facts: Iowa Western’s coach, Marc Rardin was an assistant for Yavapai from 2000-2002…Iowa Western is ranked #1 in the country…Yavapai is ranked #6.
GAME DAY FORECAST
· GAME TIME – 11:00 AM
· DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURE – 73
· EVENING LOW TEMPERATURE – 42
· FORECAST – A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. East-southeast wind around 5 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.