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Prescott Baseball Sweeps Matadors

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The Yavapai College of Prescott baseball team headed south on Tuesday, April 19th, and made sure to pack its brooms as the Roughriders swept the No. 13-ranked Arizona Western College Matadors, winning 4-1 in game one and 17-5 in game two.

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By Chris Henstra

“It was great to see our guys bounce back and really play the game as a team,” Head Coach Ryan Cougill said. “We had great focus and energy and the results from that showed on the scoreboard.”

With the wins, Yavapai moves to 33-14-1 overall and 21-11 within the conference. Tuesday’s sweep also completed the season sweep of the Matadors as the Roughriders also swept them at home earlier in the season.

Game One

After sophomore righty Nate Ward saw the Matadors take a quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first in game one, he buckled down and held Arizona Western scoreless in his final four innings of work. Ward’s final line read five innings of one-run ball with six hits allowed and six strikeouts.

Freshman righty Jackson Thomas came out of the pen to relieve Ward and delivered two innings of shutout baseball with one strikeout.

The Roughriders took the lead in game one’s pitching duel in the top of the second on a bases-loaded walk from sophomore utility man JT Taylor and bases-loaded hit-by-pitch from redshirt-sophomore outfielder Sean Rimmer.

The score remained 2-1 in favor of Yavapai until the top of the sixth inning when sophomore catcher Alton Gyselman provided an insurance run with a solo homer to center.

Rimmer then collected his second RBI of the day in the top of the seventh when he launched his conference-leading 14th homer of the season to give YC a 4-1 lead which also proved to be the final score.

At the plate, freshman infielder Alex Ulloa was the only Roughrider other than the homers to hit safely in game one. Taylor collected three walks in the contest as well.

Game Two

After tallying just three hits in their game one victory, the Roughriders exploded for 15 hits and 17 runs in game two.

The scoring started early as Rimmer stayed red-hot and launched a two-run homer in the first inning. Four batters later, Ulloa put an exclamation point on the frame with a three-run homer that gave YC an early 5-0.

In the top of the second, Rimmer continued his offensive onslaught with another two-run homer that put the Roughriders up 7-0.

The Matadors, however, refused to go quietly as they tallied one run in the second, two in the third, one in the fourth and one in the fifth. YC countered with an RBI single from sophomore utility man Jo Stevens in the fourth and an RBI groundout from Rimmer in the sixth.

Leading 9-5 after seven full innings, the Roughrider bats took it to another level in the top of the eighth as they scored eight runs in the frame to put the run-rule in effect.

The scoring was simple in the eighth: Rimmer scored on wild pitch, Ulloa launched a grand slam for his second homer of game two and Rimmer hit his conference-leading 17th homer of the season, a three-run shot that was also his fourth of the day and third of game two.

Freshman righty Cayden Collins then followed with a scoreless eighth inning on the mound with two strikeouts to secure the 17-5 run-rule victory and sweep.

Sophomore righty Jace Taylor also tossed a scoreless inning out of the pen with two strikeouts as well.

On the mound, freshman lefty Nick Woodcock got the start and tossed three innings, allowed three runs and struck out four. Sophomore righty Ben Staiger took the hill after Woodcock and threw three innings and allowed two runs while striking out four.

At the plate, Rimmer led the way with four hits (three homers and a double), four runs scored and eight RBIs. Taylor followed with three hits (one of which was a double). Ulloa (two homers and seven RBIs) and Stevens both finished with two hits while freshman utility man Ben Zeigler (double), freshman infielder Rocco Gump (double), sophomore infielder Kade York and freshman catcher Cade Westerlund all had one.

Up Next

The Roughriders are back in action on Saturday, April 23, at home against South Mountain with game one’s first pitch set for noon.

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