Yavapai Posts 15 Runs in Split with Salt Lake CC
The Roughrider baseball team split a non-conference doubleheader Monday afternoon with Salt Lake Community College at Roughrider Park. YC fell in the first game 7-6 and bounced back in the nightcap, 8-3. YC is now 6-6 on the season.
In the opener, despite outhitting Salt Lake 11 to nine YC lost 7-6. Nate Easley had two extra-base hits for the Roughriders. He doubled in the third inning and homered in the fourth inning.
Salt Lake began the scoring with three runs in the first innings and three more in the third inning.
Three runs in the bottom of the third helped YC close its deficit to 6-3. An RBI double by Easley, an RBI single by Gavin Johns, and a hit by pitch fueled the Roughrider comeback.
After pushing across one run in the bottom of the fourth, the Riders faced just a 6-4 deficit. A solo home run by Easley set off Yavapai College Roughriders Varsity rally.
Salt Lake piled up one more run in the top of the fifth.
A Roughrider run crossed the plate in the bottom half of the fifth, making the score 7-5. YC scored one run in the bottom of the sixth to cut its deficit to one. An RBI single by Ramsey Romano triggered Yavapai comeback.
The second game was a great game for Gavin Johns, as he hit two home runs to carry the Green and Gold to an 8-3 victory.
Johns racked up seven RBI’s. He homered in the fifth and sixth innings.
Hayden Durkiewicz pitched lights out for Yavapai. Salt Lake managed just two hits off of Durkiewicz, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out two during his three innings of work.
Yavapai never trailed after scoring four runs in the fifth on a home run by Johns.
The hardballers built upon its lead with four runs in the sixth. A passed ball scored Jeddediah Fagg to get YC on the board in the inning. That was followed up by Johns’ three-run blast, plating Christian Maggi and Nate Easley.
Yavapai continues non-conference play on Wednesday, February 17 hosting Thompson Rivers University. The first pitch will be at 12:00 PM.