Roughriders Crush The Hearts Of The Artichokes
Roughrider baseball continued their torrid pace with a doubleheader sweep of the visiting Scottsdale Community College Artichokes, 15-4 and 5-3.
SCC finished 3rd at the NJCAA Division II World Series a year ago. YC is now 15-4-1 overall and in first place of the ACCAC with a 10-0 mark.
In the opening game, Kirby Yates (2-1) pitched a gem allowing only one earned run on four hits and striking out three. The offense was powered by numerous home runs including two by Deven Braden. Additionally, Dan Duffy was 3 for 4 with three runs scored and two runs batted in. Jared Norris hit two doubles knocking in three runs. Louie Templeton had a great day at the plate, going 3 for 4 with two RBI’s.
In the nightcap, Merrill Kelly (2-0) got his second win of the year pitching 8 2/3 innings. The sophomore hurler allowed nine hits and two earned runs while striking out a season high of twelve SCC batters. Jonathon Dupuy threw the final out to record his third save on the year. Offensively, Templeton added three more hits to finish the day 6 for 9. Bobby Rinnard led the game off with his first home run of the year; Zac Castleberry was 2 for 4 and Erik Knutson hit two doubles knocking in one run.
Yavapai travels to Yuma on Tuesday, March 4th to play Arizona Western College (10-10, 7-3) in an afternoon twinbill. YC will send Rick Anton (5-1) and Taylor Lewis (2-0) to the hill to face the Matadors. In four meetings last season, AWC won three and the Riders won one. Game time will be at 12:00 PM on the campus of Arizona Western in Yuma.