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Yavapai College Powers Past Benedictine In Offensive Showcase
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15 March 2017  
Roughrider baseball redshirt sophomore Jeddidiah Fagg high-fives teammate Caden Goldby after scoring a run in game two of a doubleheader against Benedictine University at Mesa on Tuesday March 14th, 2017 in Prescott, Arizona. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham
Yavapai College Baseball Scores Thirty-One Total Runs in Doubleheader Sweep

PRESCOTT- The Yavapai College baseball team got the bats going in force during a doubleheader sweep on Tuesday at home against the Benedictine University at Mesa Redhawks, winning game one 7-3 and game two 24-3.

It took a while for the bats to get started in game one as an RBI single by Carlos Viera in the first inning was the only run the Roughriders could muster through five and two thirds innings. Down 3-1 with two outs in the sixth inning, RJ Cordeiro came through in the clutch with a bases-clearing RBI double which gave Yavapai College a 4-3 advantage. Jaxxon Fagg would add on in the inning with a two-run double to secure the victory.

“He (Jake Verthien, the Benedictine pitcher) went hard away, which was probably a mistake pitch, and I was able to drive it,” said Cordeiro. “(The double) was a good little boost to kind of get us going and lead us into the second game.”

RJ Martinez went the first four innings giving up two runs, three earned, on five hits while striking out seven.

Avery Weems pitched two scoreless innings while Hayden Durkiewicz had to work out of a jam and picked up the win, pitching a scoreless final inning after giving up a hit and walking two.

The bats stayed hot in game two as Yavapai College scored 13 runs in the first three innings, thanks to a few mistakes in the Benedictine outfield, in route to a 24-3 blowout victory.

Nine Roughrider players had multi-hit games in the 26 hit barrage on Benedictine University during game two.

Cordeiro, Jebbediah Fagg, Caden Goldby, Viera, Trevor Eder and Dallas Tessar each had three hits. Dylan Enwiller, Jaxxon Fagg and Matt Mendibles each collected two hits.

Yavapai College was powered by Mendibles who drove in five, four of which came on a grand slam, and Jeddediah Fagg who had a two-run homerun to go along with four RBIs.

“It (the win) feels pretty good, but we were just playing hard,” Jeddediah Fagg said. “That’s what we’re supposed to do when we play hard and just keep getting base hits.”

The effective offense from the sixth inning of game one on throughout the remainder of the afternoon was a pleasant sight for Roughriders’ Head Coach Ryan Cougill.

“In the second game we did a good job getting the leadoff runner on and then we were able to execute the offense,” Cougill said. “I was pleased offensively that we were able to get guys on and move them over and get them in, even with that big lead.”

“We were able to build on a big lead, which we haven’t done a lot this year,” Cougill continued.

The support was plenty for Trent Bixby who got the win giving up two earned runs, both of which came on a homerun in the first inning, along with seven hits while striking out six. Ender Dejesus gave up an unearned run in one inning of work while Dylan Gordon pitched a scoreless final inning and struck out one.

The Yavapai College Roughriders returns to ACCAC play for a matchup against Eastern Arizona College at home on Thursday March 16th for a doubleheader. First pitch of game one is noon. 

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.