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Roughrider Baseball Holds Off Scottsdale Comeback in Offensive Showcase
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26 March 2017  
Roughriders' sophomore catcher Jonathan Villa celebrates after a double during a game against Scottsdale Community College on Saturday March 25th, 2017 at Roughrider Park in Prescott, Arizona. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham
Roughriders Score Twelve Runs in First Four Innings but Artichkes Make It A Game Late

PRESCOTT- Following twelve Yavapai College Roughrider runs in the first four innings of the game on Saturday afternoon against Scottsdale Community College, the Artichokes responded with seven runs of their own in the final three innings but Yavapai College held on for the 13-10 victory.

“It’s kind of how some of the games go in our park, with the win blowing out. No lead is safe,” Yavapai College Roughrider baseball head coach Ryan Cougill said. “Credit to Scottsdale for coming back but credit to our guys for putting up with that fight and closing it out.”

In the ninth inning, Scottsdale Community College had already put two runs on the board and had the trying run at the plate with two outs. The comeback feel short for the Artichokes as Avery Weems slammed the door with a strikeout to end the game.

“It’s baseball, I mean, you ain’t going to give up a zero every time,” Weems said. “You just have to battle and kind of be a dirt bag out there and just do what you gotta do to get the W.”

Zach Pederson started on the mound for Yavapai College, breezing through three innings before giving up three runs-all with two outs- in the fourth inning but got out of the jam and ended the day with four strikeouts. Hayden Durkiewicz relieved Pederson and got the victory but struggled in three and one third innings pitched, allowing five runs-four earned-on six hits. R.J. Martinez and Weems would pitch the rest of the way and hold the victory.

Meanwhile, Artichokes’ freshman Niko Piazza had trouble getting many Roughrider hitters out in his three plus innings of work-allowing nine earned runs, six hits and walking five.

Both Yavapai homers on the day came in the first inning as Carlos Viera and Jeddediah Fagg went yard. The homer for Jeddediah Fagg was his second in as many days.

“I’ve just been seeing it really well,” said Jeddediah Fagg who went 4-4 with three RBISs in the road loss Friday against Scottsdale Community College. “I haven’t really been trying to hit balls out, just find a barrel and a good things happen when balls are elevated.”

Yavapai College smacked thirteen hits on the day, fueled by Jeddediah Fagg, Jaxxon Fagg, Villa, Dallas Tessar and Cory Wills who each picked up two hits.

In the road loss on Friday against Scottsdale Community College, the Roughriders scored six runs but fell in large part due to committing six errors. In the home win on Saturday afternoon, Yavapai College only committed one error.

“Our defensive hasn’t been very good the last two days, hasn’t been up to expectation throughout the year, but today we did a better job just with our process and overcoming some of those mistakes which we didn’t do yesterday (Friday),” Cougill said.

Yavapai College (21-15, 7-9 ACCAC) continues conference play on Tuesday with a road doubleheader matchup against Chandler-Gilbert Community College at noon.