Roughriders Sweep Matadors
The Roughrider swept a Saturday doubleheader over Arizona Western College, 14-8 and 9-0. YC is now 16-9 overall and 7-2 in the ACCAC race. Arizona Western falls to 9-14 on the year and 1-9 in conference action.
Pitchers had a tough day during game one. Both teams put up 22 runs combined in a 14-8 Roughrider win.
Hitters on both sides were strong at the plate as the teams combined for 25 hits, including nine extra base hits.
Thanks to 16 hits, including seven extra base hits, propelled the Roughriders to the victory. YC scored seven runs in the second on on an RBI single by Nikko Delgado, a two-run double by Dylan Enwiller, an RBI double by Turtle Kuhaulua, and a three-run home run by Gavin Johns.
The teams traded runs for most of the contest, leading to four lead changes in the game.
Joseph Romero got the win for the Riders despite allowing seven runs over five innings. He struck out six, walked four and surrendered eight hits.
The Roughrider offense easily handled Arizona Western pitching as six hitters combined for 13 hits, 13 RBIs and 12 runs scored.
Nat Easley was 3 for 5 with a double, home run and 4 runs batted in. Gavin Johns was 2 for 4 with a double and a homerun and 4 RBI’s. Christian Maggi, Ramsey Romano, Nikko Delgado, Dylan Enwiller and Turtle Kuhaulua each had two hits.
In the nightcap, Yavapai jumped out to an early lead on the Matadors and capturing the 9-0 victory.
With five runs in the first three innings, the Green and Gold left no doubt about the eventual outcome.
An RBI single by Brock Ephan in the first inning and an error and a two-run home run by Turtle Kuhaulua during the second inning fueled home team’s offense early.
Ephan put himself in scoring position with three extra-base hits.
Hayden Durkiewicz kept contact to a minimum, striking out nine Arizona Western batters. The lefthanded pitcher tossed six innings of shutout ball and allowed only three hits.
Yavapai’s Kuhaulua, Christian Maggi, Ramsey Romano and Ephan combined for 12 hits and seven RBIs.
Yavapai scored one run in the third inning, and then followed it up with one more in the seventh. In the third, YC scored on an RBI single by Jonathan Villa, scoring Gavin Johns.
The Roughriders built upon its lead with three runs in the fourth. A single by Maggi ignited the offense, bringing home Kuhaulua. That was followed up by Ephan’s double, plating Maggi and Johns.
Yavapai takes seven days off before their next doubleheader against Pima Community College in Tucson on Saturday, March 12th. The hardballers return to Roughrider Park on Thursday, March 17th facing Langley Blaze and Meiji University-Japan.