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Roughrider Baseball Can’t Sustain Momentum in Doubleheader Split
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12 March 2017  
Roughriders' redshirt sophomore Jake Kolterman throws a pitch against Pima Community College on Saturday March 12th, 2017 at Roughrider Park in Prescott, Arizona. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham
Roughriders Dominate on the Mound in Game One, Struggle in Game Two 
PRESCOTT- The Yavapai College Roughrider Baseball team returned home on Saturday and split an afternoon doubleheader against the Pima Community College Aztecs with a 4-2 win in game one and an 8-3 defeat in game two.

On Saturday, the Roughriders would live and die by how the pitchers performed on the mound.

In game one, redshirt sophomore Jake Kolterman tossed a complete game only allowing four hits and two earned runs while striking out four and walking two.

“I was feeling pretty good on the mound today,” Kolterman said after the games. “My defense really helped me out a lot, making good plays out there, and we got hits when we needed to.”

Kolterman received support early as Jaxxon Fagg picked up an RBI single in the bottom of the first to crack the scoreboard for Yavapai College. Caleb Goldby would add on in the third with a RBI squeeze bunt.

After Pima Community College tacked on a run, the Roughriders would get it back in the bottom of the sixth as Adbiel Morales picked up an RBI single to extend the lead.

The Aztecs got another run on a wild pitch in the final inning but Kolterman would slam the door for the win.

Dallas Tessar and Jaxxon Fag each picked two hits in the victory as Yavapai College put up ten hits in the game one victory.

Game two would start out similar to game one.

The Roughriders jumped out to an early 2-0 lead following an RBI single by Carlos Viera and a wild pitch run by Tessar.

However, the Roughrider pitching would begin to fall apart in the third inning starting with a two-out three-run bomb by Aztecs’ sophomore Erick Migueles.

The Aztecs would go on to score six unanswered runs and chase Roughriders’ redshirt sophomore Reza Aleaziz from the game following four-plus innings of work, allowing seven hits and five earned runs.

Yavapai College would add a run in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI single by Viera, his second of the game, but the Aztecs would respond with single runs in the seventh and ninth inning to close out the game.

Aztecs’ sophomore pitcher Trevelle Hill held Yavapai College at bay going six-and-two-thirds innings giving up three runs on five hits while striking out two.

Trevelle was backed by Migueles who went 3-4 and scored three runs to go along with the jump-start homerun. 

Pima Community College would scatter fifteen hits off Roughrider pitching in game two.

“They (Pima Community College) had a lot of chances on the field and they made a lot of them,” Yavapai College baseball head coach Ryan Cougill said. “In the second game, we got outpitched, out hit-just got outplayed.”

The Roughriders (14-12, 3-7 ACCAC) will stay at home and look forward to a doubleheader matchup with Benedictine University on Tuesday at noon and 2pm.


 

Torrence Dunham

Torrence Dunham "TD" is a multimedia journalist who graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.  Torrence is our PrescottValleyeNews.com Correspondent covering local news and events in Prescott Valley. He is also the lead sports correspondent and play-by-play pro for all our multimedia news sites. If he's not adding to his extensive sports bobble-head collection, he's talking baseball, his favorite. Follow him on Twitter: @Tadunham.