Baseball Earns a Doubleheader Sweep at Home
The Roughrider baseball team kept pace with the league leader as they swept a Tuesday doubleheader from Paradise Valley Community College, 15-8 and 7-6. Yavapai is now 32-13 on the year and 19-6 in the ACCAC. Paradise Valley falls to 22-21 overall and 12-17 in conference play.
Scoreboard operators were busy on in the opener as Yavapai and Paradise Valley combined for 23 runs. There were 23 hits, including nine extra base hits in the game.
Turtle Kuhaulua showed his talents on both sides of the diamond with a strong game on the hill and at the plate.
Kuhaulua racked up six RBIs on four hits. He homered in the third inning, doubled in the fifth inning, and singled in the second and sixth innings.
Paradise Valley had no answer for Kuhaulua, who kept runners off the basepaths in his appearance. Kuhaulua gave up just one hit, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out two during his one inning of work.
Nine runs in the first three innings helped Yavapai blow out the Pumas. An RBI single by Kuhaulua, an RBI single by Nate Easley, a wild pitch, a two-run single by Christian Maggi, and an RBI double by Ramsey Romano in the second inning helped the Roughrider put some runs on the board early.
Chase Beal got the win for the Green Machine despite allowing five runs over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five, walked two and surrendered five hits.
The top of the first saw PVCC take an early lead, 2-0. YC got three-run rallies in the third inning and the sixth. In the third, YC scored on a three-run home run by Kuhaulua, scoring Michael Hicks and Dylan Enwiller.
The Roughriders built upon its lead with two runs in the fifth. A double by Kuhaulua ignited the offense, bringing home Enwiller. That was followed up by Easley’s triple, scoring Kuhaulua.
Yavapai scored three runs of its own in the sixth scoring on a two-run double by Enwiller and an RBI single by Kuhaulua.
In the nightcap, Yavapai and Paradise Valley exchanged the lead four times but YC ended up on top with the 7-6 win.
YC pulled out the win thanks to a strong fifth inning scoring on an RBI double by Ramsey Romano plating Christian Maggi.
Maggi had a hot bat going 2 for 4 and scoring two runs. He tripled in the fifth inning and singled in the seventh inning.
The bottom of the first saw Yavapai take an early lead, 1-0. A single by Brock Ephan, bringing home Romano started the inning off.
After posting one run in the second, the Roughriders again scored one in the fourth. In the second, YC scored on an RBI single by Turtle Kuhaulua, plating Dylan Enwiller.
Yavapai built upon its lead with two runs in the seventh. Ephan started the inning with a single, bringing home Nate Easley. That was followed up by Gavin Johns’s single, scoring Maggi.
One run in the top of the eighth helped Paradise Valley close its deficit to 7-4. The Pumas pulled within one of tying the lead on home run in the ninth. Nikko Ortega squelched the fire getting the save.
Yavapai continues conference play on Saturday at South Mountain Community College with a triple-header. Starting at 11:30 AM, both teams will resume their suspended game from February 20th. Following the conclusion of that game, the teams will begin their regularly scheduled doubleheader.